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2 Below is a short area from a chapter on mezuzah cases from my new publication on the legislations of mezuzos Mezuzah: Divine Defense and also True Blessing. The function of the mezuzah situation is to embellish as well as shield the mezuzah scroll. Mezuzah cases ought to remain in excellent condition (פיטום הקטורת על קלף). 3 The case needs to be shut off well to make sure that the mezuzah does not get wrecked from moisture from the wall4 or from rain.
The instance must look considerate and stunning. Each situation needs to be renewed occasionally5 just as a person would certainly renew his or her garments and various other properties. Exactly how much more so need to one restore the mezuzah situation when it pertains to recognizing Hashem with the mitzvahs, as it says, "This is my G-d and also I will certainly decorate Him."6 It is created in the name of the Baal Shem Tov7 that it appertains to prevent real estate the mezuzah scroll in an iron situation.
This is linked to the regulation that it is prohibited to use iron to carve the stone Mizbeach (alter). 8 Concerning silver and also gold mezuzah instances, the Daas Kedoshim9 suggests that it was constantly avoided due to the problem that the situations would certainly be taken. However, many in technique do not utilize any kind of kind of metallic mezuzah instances,10 even if there is no worry of them being stolen.
One might not lower a divine item such as a Sefer Torah, tefillin or mezuzos to a reduced terminal of holiness11 as would certainly be considered disrespectful to the mitzvah. 12 A mezuzah instance that was made on Shabbos by a Jew need to not be bought or utilized. 13 Human figures14 (or the sun or moon)15 on a mezuzah instance should preferably be prevented for housing a mezuzah parchment.
17 It is therefore much better to prevent investing in, using, or marketing such mezuzah situations. If one currently has such a case and also one does not wish to obtain rid of it, it seems one could abrade the nose of the plaything human figurine mezuzah situation. 18 This mezuzah situation is just a profile (i.
not a complete 3D photo of a human), for that reason, it is exempt to the above stated rule. 19 Nonetheless, it seems that it is still proper to avoid. 20 Pet images (as a whole) are not a trouble. 21 However, for a mezuzah situation, considering that one touches it, as well as some kiss it, it seems recommended to prevent using this sort of situation. See Tur (Yoreh Deah 285). Tractate Sofrim 3:13. Tosfos Bava Metzia 102a. Pischei Shearim 285:25. Shemos 15:2. This is tape-recorded in Daas Kedoshim 289:1 where it is composed that he listened to that this uses to all steels, nevertheless, the Daas Kedoshim was in question if this was also said by the Baal Shem Tov or a listener added it on his very own, because it is indicated from the Sages that the issue of shortening one's life only puts on iron (see the Magen Avraham Orach Chayim 180:4).
For the nails that fasten the mezuzah instance to the doorpost are normally made from iron, and just worrying a table, which is compared to the Mizbeach, exists a trouble of having iron (like knives on it throughout the Birkas Hamazon), but not so relating to a mezuzah situation. See, nevertheless, the Pischei Shearim (289:86) that refutes this evidence considering that the nails should not be compared to the situation of the mezuzah due to the fact that they do not touch the mezuzah directly.
Ibid. See Nesivim Bisdeh Hashlichus Vol. 1 (p. 94)that brings this technique in the name of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. See additionally Pischei Shearim (289:86) that quotes this method in the name of the Skolia Rebbe. Menachos 32a. R. Moshe Weiner writes: Along with decreasing the virtuousness of the tefillin battim, one is disrespecting the tefillin battim (for one needed to pierce holes in them).
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