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Thursday, February 16, 2012

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To high for shlish haelyon, Heker tzir

Perhaps these issues where addressed already.
Is there some kind of consensus amongst Chabad rabonim in Eretz Yisroel about: a)How high is too high to put a mezuzah in shlish haelyon.
b) When the only entrance (or entrances) to a room w/o openable windows are against heker tzir, does one put mezuzah against heker tzir?

Changing the term "Checking"

I am trying to change the term used for being magia STA"M from checking to Servicing, this would indicate that a sofer does more than just look it over, but is usually doing some hgaah as well.
What would be a good term to use in hebrew instead of Bedikah? 

Some Shailos...

1)  I widened the gag of a chof pshutah (from the word lecha beow) to make it wider because there was more than 3 yudin between the words. Then , in order to make the chof pshutah more perfect, I attempted to thicken the regel with my rapidograph, only I started a bit too wide and ended up making a gap. see pic below. I am 99% certain that this would not be a shinuy tzurah in any way, however I wouldn't mind a second opinion before I fill it in and complete the tikun, which should look fine once it's complete

2) The vav from the word vechol above...

3) Finally, I have a house that has a very unique entrance way, when you walk down the walkway there are 3 metallic "archways" which are not there for support, but more for design. since it is in essence a mashkof and you walk through it, would they require a mezuzah? Its on the main walkway leading to the front door.

faded letters / ink deteriated

A question lately came of this mem that the ink has deteriated and fell off [this is probably caused because of some chemical disorder/interaction between the klaf and dyo. In other cases it may be caused by bad conditions as to much humidity that the mezuza is exposed to] - the background of the letter is still distinct, but the dyo that is actualy intact shows a different tzura.
a. it looks more a samech, b. there is a definite gap on the left part of the moishav turning it into a psucha -
how do we relate to this?

There is a famous teshuva of the Chatam Sofer (YD simen 256) that ink that fades naturaly by time is still kosher although the hallacha is that ink must be black, since this is the natural decline of color it is still accepted [as long as it is still a brown color, and not totaly faded.]

I think this heter does not apply in our situation. a. This is not a natural fading over time, but a quick deteriation because of a problem that is affecting the ink, the ink is not fading, it is falling off.
b. I don't think that the Chatam Sofer's heter allows considering the original ink, when there is an obvious shinuy tzura contrasting the bright ink from the faded ink. In regard to the last issue maybe a shaylas tinok would be called for, unless an extreme situation which is obviously a shinuy tzura.

Below are examples of old ink fading.
The vav and zayin in zevulun have totaly lost their color - I think they are pasul (they may be fixed in a sefer tora) the nun is on the boundary.
I must emphasize: the images given are so delicate, so any variation in size (smaller - condenses the picture) or color, may extremely change the situation. I am giving these images to understand, the issue. These are issues that are very hard to handle through a scan, because of the variations that occur in size/photo color from reality.

The caf pshuta is totaly faded and pasul, the others marked are on the boundary.