Showing posts from August 12, 2012

Creases in Sifrey Torah

I posted earlier about a Torah that had major creases in and needed repair. I have another now which has about 4 serious creases through it (see below the worst one). However whilst the letters are obscured, they are there under the creases when you straighten them and they are not broken or damaged. Obviously the preference would be to try and flatten the k'laf, but if the letters are there and potentially the ba'al koreh or another congregant could pull on the k'laf whilst he is reading to reveal the intact letters would this be kasher for the bimah? Interested in any sources for opinions on this.

Prudos in Chabad

I'm sure many in the industry are aware that Chabad are makpid that the batim shel rosh should be prudos legamri (no glue between the rosh batim). This is based primarily on the Shulchan Oruch Harav. I was discussing this issue with another sofer in NY over shabbos and we were discussing that while obviously when selling new tefillin to Chabad we should ensure that the batim are prudos (and check them as such), what would be the accepted practise when it comes to used tefillin that are brought in for checking? Is the checker chayyev to start sticking knives or other instruments between the batim, potentially damaging the persons tefillin, in order to check the prudos? By doing this is he going over and above what is required when someone brings him tefillin for checking? We were interested in Reb Moshe's opinion on this matter.