Showing posts from February 26, 2012

Placing a Mezuzah

I have a customer placing mezuzot on his office building.  One of the doors is an emergency exit which can only be utilized as a fire escape and leads out to the front sidewalk.   Normally, such a door would be considered an entrance into the building, and the proper place to affix the mezuzah would be on the right as one is coming in from the street. There is one caveat, however.  From the outside the solid door has no handles and no key!  That is, even if one wanted to use it as an entrance into the building, it would be impossible to do so.  Would the user of such an office building be exempt on this doorway?


I wrote an article about the kosher/non-kosher status of shellac which is used in all forms of India Ink for a rapidograph. I want to include also what HaRav Mordechai Eliahu said about it. I was told that it can be found in אנציקלופדיה לכשרות המזון,  להרב אדרעי, עמ' רנ I don't know which volume. I don't have access to it in our little Shtaitle in Pennsylvania. Can someone in this forum maybe find it and post it here? Thank you.

I honor chumros, but ....

Baruch Hashem I honor chumros, but .... chumros should not get out of hand, may tend to bend things a bit more important. I honor the discussions mentioned in regard to dyo and feathers, and every part was quite interesting, but .... The simple hallacha is that any kulmus is kosher for writing with (even a non kosher feather, chas vshalom . It may be gnay  and not mehudar for the sofer - but doesn't invalidate the stam!!) The same regards the law of dyo - dyo doesn't need al pi din to be mutar bpicha . It is true there is a whole debate in the acharonim on the issue, and it is quite important to understand why dyo is different than klaf, batim, retzuos and gidim that must be "min hamutar b'ficha"?! [a simple terutz would be: that all types of ink/dyo used in talmudic times, never included parts from animals. so the question didn't arise]. But for fact it isn't mentioned in the talmud, rambam, tur or shulchan aruch such a rule that dyo must be min ha