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Thursday, January 31, 2013

This Is Why You Should NEVER Buy Tefillin Online Or From a Judaica Store...

ALWAYS buy from qualified Sofer Stam.  NEVER buy from a Judaica store or shul gift shop.

Examine this picture very carefully.

A local store sold these to a fellow with a certificate of kashrus and a computer scan report on the parshios. The fellow wore them for almost TWO MONTHS before anyone in his minyan noticed the problem.




13 comments:

  1. But depressing, Reb Moshe, very, very depressing...

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  2. This isn't about qualified sofrim. This is about being awake during shacharis.

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  3. Oh My!!!... and Shlomo HaMelekh said: "There is nothing new under the sun." In my life, I had never ever seen such. This is a literal 90% twist on things!

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  4. The crime is in selling this to someone who doesn't know better

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    1. The person who bought them is a mid-50's Baal Teshuva. First set of tefillin.

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    2. Exactly - the buyer relied on the "expertise" of the seller and was cheated out of his money and his mitzvah.

      The buyer was not in a position to know better and the seller should be selling fruit... not Tefillin.

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  5. I think what happened here is the bayis came off the titura(these cheap batim have no knofayim) and someone pushed it back in incorrectly. it may have happened after prurchase. i have seen this before because the shops here sell the same type of pshutim and I am forever repairing decapitated batim for people

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    1. Has kanafoyim - I took apart the titura to check. Looks like whoever assembled them had no idea what they were doing.

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    2. Obviously then, the bayit did not come off the titura. The question then, is who manufactured such a bayit and under who's hashgaha? Secondly, why wasn't this caught at the time of assembly and the placing-in of the parashiot?

      Let us know if you were able to take a peek at the parashiot? and if they were properly placed within.

      This has to be one of the oddest things I have ever seen in the world of STaM.

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  6. Parshios were placed in correctly but were, of course, abysmally bad. The certificate of kashrus and the computer scan/check of the parshios do not match the ksav of the parshios in the tefillin.

    The store that sells these appears to provide the same certificate/scan for every set they sell. I wonder if their manufacturer gives them these or if the store is just xeroxing the same scan over and over and giving it out with every set of tefillin. The owner of this store is known to be unreliable in matters requiring a chazaka of kashrus - so it could be either.

    I've check at least two sets from this store that were empty!

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  7. Wow! I once had a similar situation here as well. I received a call from a local Conservative Rabbi. He had noticed that there was something a bit off with how the retzuot of a set of tefillin were tied, but could not really explain what. These were being sold in his shul's gift shop and he wanted me to take a look and see if I could fix the knot for him.

    Upon receiving the set, it was immediately noticed that the shel rosh had never been sewn with giddim! Instead, they were STAPLED!!! Can you imagine? The staples were professionally painted and factory finished to match the exact color of the batim! In addition, once opened, they were also found to be EMPTY!!!

    It seems that they were being supplied by an outfit out of New York that services these small synagogue gift stores all over the country. Needless to say, that was the end of that.

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