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Monday, February 11, 2013

Ink Blot?

Today during writing a Lamed something happened which got me to think. As I was strengthening the connection between the VAV and CHAF, the ink just poured onto the letter making the whole CHAF on blot of ink. My kulmus was still on the klaf, so I pulled it around and down to the end on the LAMED on the bottom. As I pulled it ALL the ink retracted leaving a perfect LAMED mukaf gvil by white klaf with not even a trace on it.

Is this letter kosher? There is no Chok Techot, but the letter did go from being non-kosher to being kosher. Also, it is not like a CHAF with a sharp corner at the top where we simply add ink. Here the ink was "taken away" from a non kosher letter, and it was made kosher. What had me thinking its kosher is that this was all done with one swipe of the kulmus, which never lifted off the klaf.

Input is appreciated. Thanks.

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  2. This typically happens when the ink is of a higher viscosity and more fluid than what it should. Although the ink appeared to form a blob, the ink was never physically absorbed by the klaf, rather, it hovered over it. The fact that it retracted, is a demonstration that it was continuously held by the pen due to capillary action. Consider yourself fortunate. If the amount released, would have been slightly greater, then the capillary action of the pen would have not been able to contain it.

    At the end of the day, there is no basis to invalidate such a letter, as the ink was applied to the klaf by normal writing.

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  3. This is a known thing, and is kosher as Alberto explained, since it never was stuck to the klaf.

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  4. the kol sofrim describes such a scenario and he says it is considered chok tochos!

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    1. do you know the page/Perek where this is found?

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    3. siman ches (pesul chok tochos) sif gimmul

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