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Monday, November 12, 2012

Pai pshuta as a kav mashuch

The yud in the pai pshuta is almost totaly stuck to the gag. Many opinions that I heard are lenient because there is small piece sticking out to the right of the yud.
I think this is regular issue of kav mashuch b'shave that is pasul, because the majority of the nekuda is connected to the gag. Therefore one should first add ink to widen the nekuda to the right, and only later erase a part of the dibuk to allow a better picture of the pai.

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  1. Hi R. Moshe,
    Interestingly, the sofer did not shape the nose of this Pei as an inverted VAV, but did so as an inverted YOD - like many Sefaradim. Bottomline, whe have a very thick yerekh on the inverted YOD part of this PEI.

    It appears to me that if one just scraped it as it is, it would still be fine, as the nose is not fully stuck to the roof due to what you mention above.

    As such, I would view the adding of ink and extending the nose to the right as a good precautionary measure. It certainly would make it much easier for an inexperienced scribe not to passel the letter while attempting to reduce the thickness of the yerekh.

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  2. I would say that the peh is fine and any improvement, whether adding ink or sratching is fine. if you hold it is kav mashuch and hence pasul then it would be irreparable.

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  7. L'aniyut da'ati the rosh of the upside down vav is nikar. kosher as is or can be improved l'shem mitzvah...

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  8. Agreed. The letter is kasher as is, and any improvement would be l'shem mitzvah.

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