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Sunday, July 26, 2015

right side of chotteteres thicker than left

I hope everyone had an easy fast. We discussed this once a while ago but does anyone have an official reason or explanation why the custom according to the Arizal of making the right side of the choteteres of the ches thicker than the left is largely ignored? Furthermore it is brought down in SA Harav so why aren't the Chabad sofrim makpid? Any insight would be appreciated. Tthanks

7 comments:

  1. Superficially speaking: it requires skill to do it without the Chatoteres filling up with ink. So, some air on the side of caution and just don't do it at all.

    Also, it is important to note that the A"R cites the Ari Za"l as the source. Tagei Lame"d have sources much earlier.

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  2. I fail to understand why the A"R citing the Arizal as a source is reason for not doing it.

    Regarding the fact that it's difficult and requires skill. I think you'll find a lot of diyukim and hiddurim are " finicky" but we still do it anyway. (Take your own example of tagei lamed, it's very easy to make negiyos on the line above or have a tag go a questionable space in the line above. It can be very finicky at times but we still do it). The ches is much easier to modify than many other things. Futhermore there are only four chesin in a mezuzah, I really find it's not a very big deal to touch up at all.

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  3. I couldn't agree more. I was not justifying. Just observing:)

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  4. Ok, no problem. I'm just wondering...

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  5. The kol yakov http://www.hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=34817&st=&pgnum=58 is the source for not making right side of chatoteres thicker

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  6. actually what I touch up on the 4 chesin is that the makal should be a makal and not a kotz. Reb menachem always makes it thin and taller then the chatoteres.

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  7. הכוונה בקול יעקב שם - לא לענין החטוטרת. אלא שלפי האר"י אין קבלה כלל לעשות ו' ז', אלא תמונתו כמו בכתב ב"י ז' ז

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