Showing posts from June 20, 2012

New Blog, "Shimush Chachamim"

I recently started a blog called "Shimush Chachamim" (click to open in new window.)
My goal with this was to create for myself an outlet to (like it says on the blog) bring discussions and insights in Halacha and other areas of Torah to the world. The internet can be a tremendous resource for learning. Hopefully I will add information that will be valuable to others in their learning. Although I haven't yet I do plan on posting many Shailos and Teshuva b'halacha that I have heard from Gedolei HaPoskim here in Eretz Yisrael (b'frat my Rebbe Muvhak R' Shammai Gross Shlit"a.) Along with anything interesting I found in my daily learning, anything I find in seforim, etc. Posts related to STaM I will exclusively put on the forum here simply posting a link over there to whatever I put up over here. STaM Baruch HaShem has been my main limud over the last year or so and will continue in the limud and shimush although Baruch HaShem I'm always osek in many areas…
I have been asked by a synagogue if they could make some mark on their sifrey torah so they would be traceable if stolen and they wonder if marking them would make them unkosher. I recall reading halacha around marking k'laf with a series of holes in a pattern which would be acceptable. I have even seen a torah with a kind of hechsher stamp from the magihah, but they have asked about using Crimestoppers Property Marker kits to leave a small drop of clear liquid on each valuable item (one assumes the silverware too) as recommended by the police in the UK - I think this is some kind of invisible ink that shows up under ultra violet light only. Much of halacha around holes etc is regarding something visible to the naked eye. Would this fall under that category. What are other sofrim advising people who wish to protect their sifrey from theft/make it easier to identify/recover the sefer if it was - chas v'shalom - stolen.

Interested in both the halacha and the practical options he…

Klaf that is torn

The following shailo was asked. 
A sofer had klaf that had a small tear in the middle. The tear made a sort of square that on 3 sides it was torn and one side still attached. Imagine a sort of "window" that could be opened and closed in the klaf. May such a part of the klaf be written on (without fixing it with a matlis of some type -- if it could be fixed.) As well if it's already written on what's the din?

R' Shammai Gross and Selling STaM via the Internet

I spoke to R' Shammai Gross about a few of the issues raised here over the last few days about selling STaM over the Internet.
The conversation took place on the street when I was walking him home from the Beis Horah. Sometimes the teshuvas I get then are not as "clear" however I will try and give this over the best I can.
1) In regards to a frum person setting up a website and selling STaM over the internet when not knowing who the buyers are is for sure a problem. He said it could be a goy, it could be someone buying for a 'reform' woman to wear Tefillin (example he gave), etc. He didn't seem to like the idea at all. I asked further if it's ossur or perhaps one could require some sort of "proof" from those buying making sure it was going to the right places. For this I understood from him that you can't say it's ossur however as best as possible to figure out who the people are that are buying. I would say in general selling a mezuzah to…

tefilin shel yad - box taped

I thought this might interest the forum - the roof of the shel yad taped to the box !!