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This came out to be a nice mezuza...except for the erasure of the yud and vov in v'hayu (l'totafos). The impression of the yud and second vov are still visible, even though there is no actual ink left. The Mishna Brura quotes a Pri Megadim who says that it is a חשש פסול אפילו בדיעבד when there remains a רושם דיו.
1. Is this the case that the Pri Megadim is referring to?
Both the Shulchan Aruch Harav and the Mishnah Brurah use similar terminology when describing the importance of the shin being "pointy" on the bottom and all three branches of the letter shin meeting at a point or "chad" at the bottom of the letter. There is a strong foundation in Halacha for this and for the bottom of the shin to be flat like a moshav (base) is considered questionable (Pri Megadim) and definitely not Kosher Lechatchillah. It is worse if the moshav is very wide, but it is still questionable if it is lechatchillah if there is a thick noticeable base rather than a chad. Even for Sephardim, who lechatchillah make an angular base, it is still important that the base is indeed on a (significant) angle. If the base is flat, even if all three branches of the shin come out of the base connected , as in the top picture, it is problematic. It is worse in the bottom picture below where the right head/ branch comes out of the right part of the base and the m
Does anyone know the story of this "mezuzah"? Pictures if it are circulating, with people saying it was found on someone's house (even though in the picture it looks like it has never been rolled). Someone else said they saw it for sale in a Judaica shop. Sounds like a practical joke to me, but there's nothing funny about it.