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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Vav/nun

If all the writing was uniform in height I'd think maybe this vav requires a sheilat tinok. But since it isn't, and all the parshiyot are much longer than 4-5 kulmusim - does anyone feel that a sh"t is required?

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  1. I recommend a sha"t on the vav of vehaya.

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    1. R. Moshe,

      I am a bit concerned about doing a shaalat tinok on this vov. A vav can be a bit longer than other letters as we see in many old ksavim. This one is not extremely long.

      On the other hand asking a shaalat tinok may passul it unnecessarily because the tinokot are used to seeing a nun sofit with a head like a vav (which is passul) and not like a zayin. A tinok who has been trained to see such a letter as a nun sofit may passul this vav even though it is not much of a shaila in the first place.

      Could be yotza shchoro behefseido since the ksav of this mezuzah is generally fine.

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  2. A long vav is not a problem like a long zayin, particularly if it is in the start of the word.

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    1. One more thing Ari - Am I correct in my assumption that the owner of this mezuzah is ex-South African and they purchased it in South Africa?

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  3. Yes they are ex South African. I presume they bought it there. Do you recognize the ktav?

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  4. yes, I see this mezuzah with a lot of ex south africans

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