2 Below is a brief section from a chapter on mezuzah instances from my brand-new book on the laws of mezuzos Mezuzah: Divine Security as well as True Blessing. The purpose of the mezuzah instance is to embellish and protect the mezuzah scroll. Mezuzah situations need to be in great condition (נטלה). 3 The case should be blocked well so that the mezuzah does not get wrecked from moisture from the wall4 or from rain.
The case needs to look considerate as well as lovely. Each situation must be restored occasionally5 equally as someone would certainly restore his or her apparel and other properties. Just how much extra so need to one restore the mezuzah case when it concerns recognizing Hashem with the mitzvahs, as it claims, "This is my G-d and also I will certainly decorate Him."6 It is composed in the name of the Baal Shem Tov7 that it appertains to prevent housing the mezuzah scroll in an iron case.
This is connected to the legislation that it is prohibited to make use of iron to sculpt the rock Mizbeach (modify). 8 Concerning silver and gold mezuzah instances, the Daas Kedoshim9 recommends that it was constantly avoided because of the concern that the situations would certainly be taken. However, lots of in method do not use any type of kind of metallic mezuzah situations,10 even if there is no issue of them being taken.
One may not lower a holy item such as a Sefer Torah, tefillin or mezuzos to a lower terminal of holiness11 as would certainly be taken into consideration rude to the mitzvah. 12 A mezuzah instance that was made on Shabbos by a Jew need to not be purchased or used. 13 Human figures14 (or the sunlight or moon)15 on a mezuzah case should ideally be stayed clear of for housing a mezuzah parchment.
17 It is as a result better to prevent buying, using, or offering such mezuzah cases. If one currently owns such an instance and also one does not wish to remove it, it seems one could abrade the nose of the toy human porcelain figurine mezuzah situation. 18 This mezuzah situation is only a profile (i.
not a full 3D image of a human), therefore, it is not subject to the above mentioned regulation. 19 Nevertheless, it appears that it is still proper to avoid. 20 Animal images (as a whole) are not an issue. 21 However, for a mezuzah situation, given that one touches it, and also some kiss it, it seems a good idea to avoid using this kind of case. See Tur (Yoreh Deah 285). Tractate Sofrim 3:13. Tosfos Bava Metzia 102a. Pischei Shearim 285:25. Shemos 15:2. This is recorded in Daas Kedoshim 289:1 where it is composed that he heard that this puts on all steels, however, the Daas Kedoshim remained in doubt if this was also claimed by the Baal Shem Tov or an audience added it on his very own, since it is indicated from the Sages that the problem of shortening one's life only uses to iron (see the Magen Avraham Orach Chayim 180:4).
For the nails that fasten the mezuzah case to the doorpost are usually made from iron, and only worrying a table, which is compared to the Mizbeach, is there an issue of having iron (like blades on it during the Birkas Hamazon), however not so pertaining to a mezuzah case. See, however, the Pischei Shearim (289:86) who refutes this evidence considering that the nails ought to not be compared to the case of the mezuzah because they do not touch the mezuzah straight.
Ibid. See Nesivim Bisdeh Hashlichus Vol. 1 (p. 94)that brings this practice for the Lubavitcher Rebbe. See also Pischei Shearim (289:86) who quotes this technique in the name of the Skolia Rebbe. Menachos 32a. R. Moshe Weiner composes: In enhancement to decreasing the sanctity of the tefillin battim, one is disrespecting the tefillin battim (for one needed to pierce openings in them).