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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Question on Lamed

If the vertical top of the letter Lamed is slanted forward, almost 45 degrees, is it kosher?

4 comments:

  1. A little slant is OK and normal in a case where the rosh must avoid going into the space of a letter in the line above. I think under (but close to) 45 degrees is extreme but may still be OK. Can you post a picture?

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  2. A letter LAMED whose top "VAV" is slanted close to 45 degrees is kasher, for said slant does not invalidate its shape. However, lechatechila, the letter should not be slanted as such. As mentioned above by Eli, many times we are forced to do so in order to not enter the CHALLAL of the letter above... this is a bonafide scribal practice. See Sefekut HaSofer - Letter LAMED #20

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  3. A letter LAMED whose top "VAV" is slanted close to 45 degrees is kasher, for said slant does not invalidate its shape. However, lechatechila, the letter should not be slanted as such. As mentioned above by Eli, many times we are forced to do so in order to not enter the CHALLAL of the letter above... this is a bonafide scribal practice. See Sefekut HaSofer - Letter LAMED #20

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  4. Zvi, the picture you posted is perfectly acceptable

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