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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Margins

A torah that I'm due to check shortly has apparently had it's top and bottom margins trimmed some years ago quite drastically (to within 3-4mms near the otiyot) to fit the atsey - I don't know who did this. Assuming that the letters are still mukaf g'vil then b'dieved this is kasher even though it should be 3 thumbs and 4 thumbs thickness (though varies for big and small sifrey). Is there a source that I can rely on for this as most of the discussion I've seen is around what is appropriate for margins depending on the relation to the size of the script.


2 comments:

  1. The shiyur gilyonos [margins] are all lechatchila (shulchan aruch YD 273:5). Therefore it is pashut that bdieved this sitaution is kosher.
    I dont think this is your obligation, but probably it is a mitzva lechatchila (whatever can be done is always lechatcila) to glue new gilyonos [from klaf that was prepared "ibud leshem kedushas sefer tora"] to fix the gilyonos so they should be correct on measure.

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  2. R. Moshe - thanks for this and that is pashut - I thought that was the case given my reading. I have seen this sort of glueing on of the gilyonot before and actually it looks quite horrible and so I would tend to avoid because of zeh keli v'anvehu, but if you think it is a mitsvah l'hatchilah to do that I will raise it with the Rav as a possibility. Depending on how old the sefer is it would be interesting to see if I can find k'laf l'shem k'dushat sefer torah that is of a similar colour.

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