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Issue of mechikas Hashem?

In preparation for restoring a sefer Torah or part thereof, one needs to check if there's loose ink. This is typically done by lightly rubbing over it with a cloth. May one do this over entire amudim or is there a chashash of mechikas Hashem? If the entire amud can be done with a few swipes of the rag, a complete sefer can be gone over in under an hour. If one may not touch the Shemos it becomes a daunting task. One might think that mima nafshach, if the ink is attached to the klaf, going over it with a cloth won't do anything and if it lifts it off the klaf, it's because it's already loose and not considered attached to the klaf/pasul. However, based on my initial research, both Harav Elyashiv and Harav Mordechai Eliyahu held there's a problem of mechikas Hashem. According to Piskei Halachos, Harav Elyashiv said to leave the Shemos untouched and if and when the ink falls off on it's own then it must be fixed. (Until then you don't have to assume it's

ribua hatefiros

Someone wrote that there's no need to be machmir by ribua hatefiros, particularly Sephardim and this doesn't require any tikun and can be worn with a bracha as is. So he's claiming that there's no need for the corners to be 90 degrees/square. This is news to me. I've no doubt that Rav Friedlander would have paseled this. Someone else suggested fixing it without opening the bayis even though it's sealed with glue. On top of the issue with correcting the ribua once sealed, if one would fix without opening it, the hole needs to be extended and the charitz widened without tearing the gid and that would leave a considerable gap between the corner tefiros. If opened, the hole can be widened then the original side filled.

Spit damage on sefer torah. How would this be fixed? The answer may be simpler than you think. Feel free to post your thoughts...


Sheila nun vav

What are your thoughts? 

Your thoughts

There's some discussion among experts about this. The assumption is that it's not connected.

Duk computer program- can be set to only check for textual errors

As some of us are aware, the primary issue with this (and a few other) computer programs is that they aren't limited to identifying textual errors. Hence, there's many results to review and while the program is about perfect in finding errors, it may place them in the wrong category. This makes review of the results more difficult. Is there a way to limit the Duk program to identifying textual errors only?

Issue with these Batim?


Sefer Torah Reinking and interesting Tzurah

My yeshiva asked me to reink some letters in a Sefer Torah that they have. It is a very old Sefer and I am unsure how old is it... Does anyone know where this Sefer might be from? I am not an expert in Ashkenazic Sefrei Torah Also, this Mem Sofit has an interesting tzurah. Any thoughts?

Tiyug lishma

Is it necessary or just a nice thing for a metayeg to do? What about tiyug of Shaimos? Yerios Shlomo chelek 4 page 362 says it's a good thing to do. Many times when making tagin, the metayeg doesn't stop at the edge of the letter but continues into the head. On a Shatnez getz letter, if this is done with all 3 tagin, a good part, if not the majority of the head, can be covered by this ink. If the metayeg doesn't do it lishma is there an issue? I've just started to look into this but I've heard from one posek that as long as if the part of the letter he's covered weren't there it'd still have a tzuras ois we could be maikil. (And even if not, one could be maavir kulmus lishma). I was told by a good metayeg that a posek told him that since the letter was already complete and mekudash and his ink isn't adding or detracting then it's fine. Has anyone seen or heard from the poskim on this matter?

zayin is complicated letter

head of zayin should be square ,regel shal not be long