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Aaron Shaffier

Mistake in Tefillin

In a post last week, I wrote about having Mezuzahs and Tefillin checked by computer. I wrote that nowadays, almost all things sold have undergone the computer check. Therefore, I wrote, it is quite rare to find an actual textual mistake these days. After I wrote that post, I checked a pair of Tefillin and found an extra letter. I thought I would share it with you.   As you can see, the mistake is circled in red. There is a superfluous letter Yud at the beginning of the word "Shivat". It would be interesting to find out how this...

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Aaron Shaffier

How Often Should I Have My Mezuzahs Checked?

This may be the most common question that people ask me when they come into my store in Los Angeles. Most people are under the false impression that you are supposed to have them checked every 7 years. The fact is that the Shulchan Aruch (Code of Jewish Law) states that they need to be checked by a scribe twice in every 7 year period. That means about every 3.5 years. In addition, many contemporary Rabbis are of the opinion that nowadays Mezuzahs should be checked more frequently. This may be because the scribes today are not as expert in...

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Aaron Shaffier

Computer Checked Mezuzahs

In order for a Mezuzah to be Kosher, it has to meet thousands of requirements. Not only does the text have to be accurate, but every letter has many layers of rules that determine if it is Kosher. Since every Mezuzah is written by hand, few are exactly perfect. This doesn't always mean that they are not Kosher though. Often when a letter is not written in the ideal way, it is still Kosher after the fact. An expert Sofer (scribe) has to be very well versed in all of these rules. He has to be able to make hundreds...

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Aaron Shaffier

Mezuzah Story - Uvelechtecha

In 1998 I was a Rabinical student living in Crown Heights in Brooklyn, New York. I had just completed my apprenticeship under Rabbi Elishevitz which allowed me to inspect Mezuzahs. It was between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and the neighborhood was full with guest from all over the world who had come to spend the High Holy Days in the synagogue of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. I got a phone call at about 11 pm from a man named Shlomo who I didn't know at the time. He told me that there was a wealthy man in the neighborhood who...

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