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A little research on vav k'tia in old Torah scrolls

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According to the gemarah in Kiddushin 66b the letter vav in the word shalom at the beginning of
parashat Pinchas is broken in half. בעל מום דעבודתו פסולה מנלן? אמר רב יהודה אמר שמואל, דאמר קרא (במדבר כה) לכן אמור הנני נותן לו את בריתי שלום, כשהוא שלם ולא כשהוא חסר. והא שלום כתיב! אמר רב נחמן: וי"ו דשלום קטיעה היא.(במסכת קידושין דף סו:) How do we know that the service of the man with the blemish is invalid? - Said RabbiYehuda in Shmuel's name: because the Scripture says, " Behold, I give unto him my covenant of perfection: when he is perfect, but not when he is wanting. But shalom [peace] is written! - Said R. Nachman: The vav of shalom is broken off [in the middle Practically in Yemenite Torah scrolls this is not done at all. Despite the fact that the Talmud says to write this vav  broken, the Rambam, the Rif, the Rosh and the Tur did not bring down  this to halacha.  However rabbi  Shlomo Ganzfried, the author of Keset Hasofer and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch among many other …