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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

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

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    1. Yitzchak: I was aware of the kesses (it's 27:7 not 28:7) however there he writes that there should be a window in the case for the shakayso its seen. However, what about todays see through cases where even if the mezuzah has rolled to the side you can still see it clearly because the whole case is see through! Is it really necessary to straighten this out? Furthermore, a non see through case or one that does not have the hole for the shakay as the kesses writes, in particular the common type today that are made of metal , opaque plastic or wood where the mezuzah is inserted from the bottom of the case, it is very hard to guarantee that the mezuzah will not swivel around. But if there is no hole or window or transparent case, and you cannot see the shakay anyway - does it really matter?

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    2. I was actually wondering this exact thing as I was looking it up... More about the see-through cases

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    3. I would guess that since he provides the reason: כדי שיהא נראה מבחוץ that if you are already missing that because the case lacks a window, it doesn't matter which way the mezuzah is facing.

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  2. Keses 27:7, Ram"o Y"D 288:15, see Rishonim referenced there.

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  3. Also, see Pischei Teshuva 288 S"K 2.

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  4. Same as the kesses, more or less

    I did have some time over tom tov to look in the sefer pischei shearim on mezuzah and it appears that if the case is not see through it would not matter if the shakay rolls to either side or even behind.

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