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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Detachable mezuzah case



I came a across a mezuzah case, where it slides off the rack, this is to allow easy access to have it checked without the pain of having to put new wholes in the wall. It is a special patented invention, sounds cute and smart, however this is not an adequate setting to the doorpost which halacha requires. See Yoreh Deah 189:4- that one should affix a Mezuzah with nails, (as to make it permanent). Note, that the blessing we recite is "Likboah Mezuzah"... to set a Mezuzah (scroll)- showing that it should be made on a permanent way.
It is self understood that one could not make a bracha on seting such a case either.
Now it is shown to me that this case was already mentioned in the Sefer Pischei Shearim p. 334 that it is not kosher.

7 comments:

  1. Where is this available? Where are these pictures from?

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    1. I took them when visiting a house. He took down the case of course.

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    2. Hi Dovid,
      A simple solution would be to apply a couple of drops of superglue at the bottom were the sliding cover meets the base.

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    3. Hi Dovid,
      A simple solution would be to apply a couple of drops of superglue at the bottom were the sliding cover meets the base.

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    4. On the bottom it is supported, however from the top it easily slides off (which therefore is not considered established).
      The problem of adding superglue to the top is it will not be able to come off again to be checked (unless possibly damaging the case while trying to take it down).
      I was thinking that the manufacturer can add a screw or similar device to the top so that it strongly is also fastened from top. Therefore in order to take it down for checking you would only need to unscrew one screw.

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  2. ראה פתחי שערים דף של"ד שתיק זה לא כשר

    http://hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=9708&hilite=0f13f922-641b-41de-bcf5-83468354823b&st=%D7%91%D7%A7%D7%9C&pgnum=342

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  3. aaa - Thanks for posting that link!

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