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Seeking a young sofer in Montreal available to check and correct a sefer Torah in good condition for reasonable price.

Am looking for a young sofer in Montreal who is available to check and correct a sefer Torah beginning to end. It should not take more than 2 weeks full time or less. I cannot pay a lot of money but if you are willing to work hard and get it done it should be doable. I live in Ottawa and am looking for someone close by, hence Montreal. Please contact me at



How to minimize damage when opening heat affected parshiyos

I want to share a tip I learned many years ago regarding opening tefillin parshiyos that have been exposed to heat. As you open/ unravel the parshiyos, if you hear a crackling sound, as if the letters are sticking to the back of the klaf, this is a worry. Often this is an indication that the parshiyos have been exposed to heat, such as being left in a hot car on a hot day. The way to deal with this is as follows: Stop opening the parshiyos immediately, as you could pull parts of letters off. Instead, hold either side of the parsha and bend the parsha back and fourth for a few seconds. When you continue opening the parsha, you should no longer hear the crackling sound because the bending back and forth movement should have "unstuck" the ink somewhat. It will no longer get pulled off as easily when you open the parshiyos.

Tefillin paint thinners

I usually use a lacquer thinner to mix with the thick Tefillin paste-type paint that has a hechsher from Rov Wosner. By the way is this paint petroleum based? I am wondering if there is any less harmful 'paint thinner' substitutes that also work well?  Does anyone know if odorless mineral spirits work? Thank you,
Does anyone have any idea if anything can be done with this shaim?
Is there a problem with the ה of Ha lehashem, does there need to be a bigger revach between it and the Shem? How would you correct it?

interested in sefer tora

A friend of mine is interested in buying prepared yrios of sefer tora, csav ari, from shmos - end. Please contact

Rav Friedlander Shlitah on intrusions inro reish and daled from the SIDE

Several posts of late address the shailo of an intrusion into a reish or daled from the left side (not lamed from line underneath which is more chomur). I asked Rav Friedlander Sh' as to when we have to be worried about this. His response was that it's only really a problem if it is an abnormal intrusion, in his words a " vildeh" stroke that sticks into the letter before it much more than usual. he said for example, a beis, which has an ekev of two or more kulmusim and most of that is sticking into th eleft of the reish or daled, then it woul dbe problematic. But a regular ekev which sticks in slightly, or even a bit more than slightly would present no problem. I believe sefardim are more machmir in this but I am unfamiliar as to the practical guidelines.

Piskei dinim of the Beis din of Crown Heights

Decades ago that beis din of Crown Heights put out a psak din about Batim of Tefillin that they should be separate all the way down to the תפר even if they may spread a bit and not be perfectly square since we measure the ריבוע when they are squeezed together. Does anyone have a copy of that psak din?

Roshey Hashitin

A Yeshivah bochur just came back to Melbourne from where he was learning in the USA and said that while he was away he had his tefillin checked. Everything was fine, except the sofer told him that in the last parsha of his shel yad the words "vechoro af" are on two separate lines. I think his complaint is that from there the sofer did not follow the roshey hashitin of the Arizal exactly. What surprises me is that the sofer made an esek out of this and allegedly told the customer "the tefillin are still kosher but are only Bedieved". (I'd like to see his makor for that.) We have discussed this before and while there is room to be machmir about Roshe Hashitin in mezuzah, I have never heard anyone make an esek of it in tefillin. I have always understood that in tefillin a small shinuy like this would present no issue. The tefillin were not purchased from me so I am not nogeya badovor. However the boys father asked me if he should change the parshiyos. He

Source, please?

Does anyone have a source for the common practice of facing the shin-dalet-yud on the outside of the mezuzah to the front i.e. facing directly outwards,  and why it is undesirable for it to face the sides or back of the mezuzah case? Thanks

another negiya between lines

I think even according to the Keses - there never was a caf kefufa or beis, therefore can be separated.

negiya between lines - beis and chof pshutah