Yad kesher

Is there an inyan to makpid on the angel of the end of the Yad kesher wether to the right or left?


  1. lechatcila yes - some say this is the yud, so therefore it has to have somewhat a tzura of regel

  2. Does it matter which way the alachson is?

  3. In sefer Taamei Haminhagim (Shi Lamorah Publishing) pg 625, the pictures show that the long side is towards the knot and the short side is the other side.

  4. I do not recall reason for alachson brought down,perhaps its easier to do the kesher,howeverאל תטוש תורת אמך

    1. My question is if it matters to which side the alachson goes?
      The reason for alachson is probably that should look like a yud

  5. I remember reading somewhere that the only point of the alachson on retzuos is that it makes it easier to pull the strap through the bayis, and that, l'halacha, a flat end is also acceptable. (Clearly, it wouldn't make sense to recut the end of the roll of retzuos so that one end was flat.) I couldn't even begin to say where I saw that, however. If this is the case, then it probably doesn't matter which way it slants.

  6. Since the Rosh holds that the very end that sticks out of the kesher is the Yud and not the kesher at the end then it makes sense to cut it on an angle so it's longer on the right, giving it an appearance of a Yud. This is particularly true in the case of a lefty, for those who make the kesher a backwards Yud, like the Steipler. In this case, the kesher at the end doesn;t form a regular Yud so to have a Yud, the very end should look like one to fulfill the Rosh. In fact, some people actually cut the end in a manner so that it looks just like a Yud. (See sefer Zichron Eliyahu)

  7. I also want to point out that the piece that sticks out should be kept short (the width of the retzuah) since it serves as the regel of the Yud and should not be longer so that it makes the kesher look like a Vav.


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