2 Below is a brief area from a phase on mezuzah situations from my brand-new publication on the laws of mezuzos Mezuzah: Divine Protection and also True Blessing. The function of the mezuzah situation is to decorate and also shield the mezuzah scroll. Mezuzah instances should remain in excellent condition (ברכת מזוזה). 3 The instance should be closed off well to ensure that the mezuzah does not get wrecked from dampness from the wall4 or from rainfall.
The instance should look respectful and beautiful. Each case should be restored occasionally5 just as a person would renew his or her clothes and other possessions. Just how much a lot more so need to one renew the mezuzah instance when it pertains to recognizing Hashem with the mitzvahs, as it states, "This is my G-d and also I will adorn Him."6 It is created in the name of the Baal Shem Tov7 that it is correct to prevent housing the mezuzah scroll in an iron situation.
This is linked to the regulation that it is forbidden to make use of iron to carve the stone Mizbeach (change). 8 Worrying silver and also gold mezuzah cases, the Daas Kedoshim9 recommends that it was always prevented due to the problem that the situations would be stolen. Nevertheless, many in method do not utilize any kind of metallic mezuzah situations,10 also if there is no worry of them being swiped.
One may not decrease a holy product such as a Sefer Torah, tefillin or mezuzos to a reduced terminal of holiness11 as would certainly be thought about ill-mannered to the mitzvah. 12 A mezuzah situation that was made on Shabbos by a Jew should not be acquired or used. 13 Human figures14 (or the sun or moon)15 on a mezuzah instance must preferably be prevented for housing a mezuzah parchment.
17 It is as a result much better to prevent investing in, utilizing, or selling such mezuzah situations. If one currently has such an instance and also one does not intend to do away with it, it appears one could abrade the nose of the plaything human figurine mezuzah situation. 18 This mezuzah case is just a profile (i.
not a full 3D picture of a human), therefore, it is exempt to the above stated regulation. 19 Nevertheless, it seems that it is still appropriate to stay clear of. 20 Animal pictures (in basic) are not a trouble. 21 Nevertheless, for a mezuzah situation, considering that one touches it, and also some kiss it, it seems a good idea to avoid 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 videotaped in Daas Kedoshim 289:1 where it is composed that he heard that this puts on all steels, nonetheless, the Daas Kedoshim was in doubt if this was additionally claimed by the Baal Shem Tov or a listener included it on his very own, given that it is implied from the Sages that the problem of reducing one's life just puts on iron (see the Magen Avraham Orach Chayim 180:4).
For the nails that affix the mezuzah case to the doorpost are generally made from iron, and just concerning a table, which is likened to the Mizbeach, exists an issue of having iron (like knives on it during the Birkas Hamazon), yet not so regarding a mezuzah instance. See, however, the Pischei Shearim (289:86) that refutes this evidence given that the nails should not be contrasted to the instance of the mezuzah due to the fact that they do not touch the mezuzah straight.
Ibid. See Nesivim Bisdeh Hashlichus Vol. 1 (p. 94)who brings this method for the Lubavitcher Rebbe. See likewise Pischei Shearim (289:86) that estimates this method in the name of the Skolia Rebbe. Menachos 32a. R. Moshe Weiner composes: Along with decreasing the virtuousness of the tefillin battim, one is disrespecting the tefillin battim (for one needed to pierce openings in them).