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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

kotz Rabenu-Tam


The kotz Rabenu-Tam is not at the left edge of the yud. I think that although lechatchila it should be made at the left edge, and in the given examples lechatchila should be fixed [if easily accomplished], bdieved it is kosher - since basicaly the yud has a protrusion on the general left part.

Other thoughts/opinions would be appreciated.

4 comments:

  1. Personally I'm pretty "fix happy" but I don't know if I'd bother fixing these, particularly in the first instance where you could almost say the kotz comes out of the right corner since it comes in on an angle.

    It is not uncommon for sofrim not to leave an adequate kotz RT and sometimes if this is a consistent problem in the ksav I make a special hagoha just for kotz RT.

    Having said that I have gotten myself into a pickle several times as when you are jumping quickly from yud to yud adding the kotz RT it is very easy to add a kotz to shaim hashem without being mekadesh the shaim, as you are looking at the letter, not the word. This in all likelihood would be meakev in the case where the corner is round and hence possul bedieved, since you were machshir the os without being makdish the shaim.

    You cannot scratch it off and rewrite lishmah as you could by a regular yud since it would be mechikas hashem.

    My tikkun in such a case is to thicken the kotz leshaim kedushas and at least a chelek of the kotz is kosher, which is all you need. I heard this is acceptable according to Rav Shammai Gross.

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  2. obvoiusly you meant: "left corner"

    Personally I'm pretty "fix happy" but I don't know if I'd bother fixing these, particularly in the first instance where you could almost say the kotz comes out of the left corner since it comes in on an angle.

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