2 Below is a quick section from a phase on mezuzah instances from my brand-new publication on the legislations of mezuzos Mezuzah: Divine Protection and also True Blessing. The objective of the mezuzah case is to embellish and shield the mezuzah scroll. Mezuzah situations must be in great condition (מזוזה כשרה). 3 The case should be closed off well to ensure that the mezuzah does not obtain spoiled from moisture from the wall4 or from rain.
The instance must look considerate and beautiful. Each situation ought to be restored occasionally5 simply as somebody would restore his or her clothing as well as various other possessions. Just how much a lot more so ought to one restore the mezuzah instance when it concerns recognizing Hashem with the mitzvahs, as it states, "This is my G-d as well as I will decorate Him."6 It is written in the name of the Baal Shem Tov7 that it is correct to avoid real estate the mezuzah scroll in an iron situation.
This is linked to the regulation that it is forbidden to use iron to sculpt the stone Mizbeach (alter). 8 Concerning silver and also gold mezuzah instances, the Daas Kedoshim9 suggests that it was always avoided because of the problem that the situations would certainly be swiped. Nonetheless, several in technique do not use any sort of metallic mezuzah cases,10 also if there is no issue of them being taken.
One may not lower a holy product such as a Sefer Torah, tefillin or mezuzos to a reduced terminal of holiness11 as would certainly be considered rude to the mitzvah. 12 A mezuzah situation that was made on Shabbos by a Jew need to not be bought or used. 13 Human figures14 (or the sun or moon)15 on a mezuzah case must preferably be prevented for housing a mezuzah parchment.
17 It is therefore far better to avoid purchasing, making use of, or marketing such mezuzah instances. If one already owns such a case as well as one does not intend to obtain rid of it, it appears one might abrade the nose of the toy human figurine mezuzah case. 18 This mezuzah instance is only a profile (i.
not a complete 3D picture of a human), as a result, it is exempt to the above discussed guideline. 19 Nevertheless, it seems that it is still proper to stay clear of. 20 Animal pictures (in basic) are not a problem. 21 However, for a mezuzah instance, considering that one touches it, and some kiss it, it appears a good idea to stay clear of utilizing this sort of case. See Tur (Yoreh Deah 285). Tractate Sofrim 3:13. Tosfos Bava Metzia 102a. Pischei Shearim 285:25. Shemos 15:2. This is taped in Daas Kedoshim 289:1 where it is written that he listened to that this uses to all metals, nonetheless, the Daas Kedoshim remained in doubt if this was additionally claimed by the Baal Shem Tov or an audience added it on his very own, because it is indicated from the Sages that the issue of shortening one's life only applies to iron (see the Magen Avraham Orach Chayim 180:4).
For the nails that attach the mezuzah situation to the doorpost are generally made from iron, as well as just worrying a table, which is compared to the Mizbeach, exists an issue of having iron (like blades on it during the Birkas Hamazon), but not so relating to a mezuzah instance. See, however, the Pischei Shearim (289:86) who refutes this evidence since the nails should not be compared to the instance of the mezuzah due to the fact that they do not touch the mezuzah directly.
Ibid. See Nesivim Bisdeh Hashlichus Vol. 1 (p. 94)who brings this technique for the Lubavitcher Rebbe. See also Pischei Shearim (289:86) that estimates this method for the Skolia Rebbe. Menachos 32a. R. Moshe Weiner writes: Along with decreasing the righteousness of the tefillin battim, one is disrespecting the tefillin battim (for one needed to drill openings in them).