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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Is this Mem Stuma Kosher?

I am currently checking a bunch of Mezuzahs written by the same sofer. He consistently makes the Mem Stuma with a line sticking down on the bottom right.

Here is a picture of one of the more egregious instances.

 

Is this a shinuy tzurah lifsol? If it is not passul, should I leave it alone or add ink to the bottom to make it square? I would appreciate any insight since I am not finding anything on this in the sefarim I have.


8 comments:

  1. I think you may ask a tinok on several of them - once you understand the tinoks reading of this type, you may move on.
    If he pasels them or some [some he calls a mem and some a samech, or anything else incorrect] you must ask on all these mems.
    If you see the tinok recognizes them as a mem, then you know they are kosher, and you should fix them by filling in the zavis.

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  2. I just went through this with my six year old daughter. I showed her five or six of the most distorted instances (interspersed with many other letters so as not to establish a pattern). She read them all correctly as mem sofit.

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  3. There is no shaila of a Samech. The question would be a shinui tzura. I'd say if the line was any longer that in the example above I'd ask a shailas chacham.

    If this mezuzah was of decent quality the round corner of the Bais should be fixed as well.

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  4. I think there is a teshuvah from the shevet halevi regarding this exact case, where he is machshir. Hopefully if I have time over shabbos I will try and find it.

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  5. yes the rabanim are machshir based on shevet haleivi, although as an i always had a problem understanding it. What makes it closer to a mem sofit with a tail than to a fei sofit that got connected.

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  6. yes the rabanim are machshir based on shevet haleivi, although as an i always had a problem understanding it. What makes it closer to a mem sofit with a tail than to a fei sofit that got connected.

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