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Ratzuos too long
If the ratzuos of the tefillin shel yad (davka) were made too long and the person already wore the tefillin to be yotzee the mitzvah (i.e. they have more kedusha now) May the ratzuos be cut down to make smaller?
This gave me a "Safrut smile"... OK, I realise that this is not Ktav STaM, however it is interesting what happens when graphic/font Hebrew becomes too stylised. Case-in-point, a colleague and I were visiting the mayor's office in the Gaza Belt region of Shaar HaNegev (adjoining Sderot). He is new to reading Hebrew and pronounced the welcome sign as " brooning " or " broobing " (instead of the intended " brookhim ". I replied that he was more correct than the graphic designer, as the letter meant to be a " khaf " was closer to a halakhic "Nun" or "Bet", and had this been Ktav STaM, the letter would likely be considered pasul as a "Khaf".
תיבה יתירה בסת"ם פוסלת. ולא מועיל כאן גרירת היתר, כי ישאר שיעור ט' אותיות [קטנות עכ"פ] והוא שיעור ריוח פרשה סתומה באמצע הפרשה. ועל כן צריכה המזוזה הזאת גניזה. דרך אגב: ככל הנראה המזוזה הזאת לא עברה הגהה כלל !!! (קשה לי להניח שמגיה לא ישים לב לדבר כזה)