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matlis in tefilin/mezuza

What is the law in tefilin and mezuza in regard to placing a matlis on a hole in the klaf, is it permitted as in a sefer tora or not?
It is pashut to me, that to glue a matlisafter the start of the writing of the tefilin or mezuza, and then write on the matlis [csidran] is not accepted [it is pasul], since this is writing a mezuza [and tefilin have the same law] on 2 parchments, as explained in Yore Dea siman 288:4. My question is, if he glued the matlis before the begining of the writing tefilin or mezuza, may he then write part of the parshiya or mezuza also on the matlis (obviously only complete letter/s with the hekef gvil as in a sefer tora). See Pishei Teshuva YD 288:4 in the name of Shut Rabbi Akiva Eiger that permits gluing 2 parchments before the csiva and writing after they are combined, a mezuza. Seemingly the same should apply to a matlis that was glued before, but maybe matlis is worse than a complete piece of parchment? See Mishnat Hasofer 27:5 that there is an argument, if …

Sofrim: Chutz L'Aretz and Eretz Yisrael

Perhaps someone can help with this question. I live in Eretz Yisrael and I know here there are many many many sofrim throughout the country (more than needed maybe.) Does anyone know what percentage breakdown is of sofrim in regards to Eretz Yisrael and Chutz L'Aretz. I know one sofer for example who after getting married here and spending a few years in EY thought about moving back to Chutz L'Aretz. However his parnasah is from sofrus and didn't think he would make any money as a sofer in Chutz L'Aretz since there is a high demand for STaM coming from EY (perhaps someone can clarify this as well.) In the end he decided to stay here Baruch HaShem. He ended up getting a job writing a Sefer Torah for a Chabad shul in Canadan (if I'm not mistaken.) It come through someone here in Eretz Yisrael who had a connection to the shul or the community at large there. His chances of getting such a job like that in Chutz L'Aretz would have probably been less.

Maybe can someo…