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Monday, May 4, 2015

Damaged Mezuzah Case

What is the right thing to do with a damaged Mezuzah case (without the Mezuzah) that was taken off a door post?

Does it need Gnizah? Can it be thrown away?

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    1. But only if the case touched the actual Klaf of the Mezuza. If the Mezuza was rolled entirely, in plastic or paper, then the case is Tashmish D'tashmish. Mishneh Berura and Biur Halacha, 154, s"k 14.

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  3. A mezuzah case offers protection and honor (kavod) to the mezuzah klaf. Therefore it should have the status of Tashmish Dkedusha and require geniza even if there is a plastic wrapping around it.

    See the Mishna Berurah source you quoted.

    I saw someone that wrote that if the mezuzah case is very simple, so therefore it offers only shmira and no kavod, it does not need geniza. If the mezuzah case is nice so that it offers kavod to the mezuzah it would need genizah (as mentioned even if the mezuzah klaf was already wrapped with plastic).

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