2 Below is a quick area from a phase on mezuzah instances from my new book on the regulations of mezuzos Mezuzah: Divine Security and also True Blessing. The purpose of the mezuzah instance is to embellish and also safeguard the mezuzah scroll. Mezuzah cases should be in good condition (מזוזות זכוכית). 3 The case should be shut off well to ensure that the mezuzah does not get messed up from dampness from the wall4 or from rainfall.
The case ought to look respectful as well as stunning. Each instance must be restored occasionally5 equally as somebody would certainly restore his/her clothing and also other properties. Just how much more so should one restore the mezuzah case when it pertains to recognizing Hashem with the mitzvahs, as it says, "This is my G-d as well as 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 linked to the legislation that it is restricted to make use of iron to sculpt the stone Mizbeach (change). 8 Concerning silver and gold mezuzah cases, the Daas Kedoshim9 recommends that it was always avoided because of the issue that the instances would be taken. Nonetheless, many in method do not utilize any type of type of metallic mezuzah cases,10 also if there is no issue of them being swiped.
One might not reduce a holy item such as a Sefer Torah, tefillin or mezuzos to a reduced terminal of holiness11 as would be thought about ill-mannered to the mitzvah. 12 A mezuzah instance that was made on Shabbos by a Jew need to not be purchased or made use of. 13 Human figures14 (or the sun or moon)15 on a mezuzah situation ought to ideally be avoided for real estate a mezuzah parchment.
17 It is as a result much better to avoid purchasing, making use of, or marketing such mezuzah instances. If one currently has such a situation and one does not intend to get rid of it, it appears one can abrade the nose of the plaything human figurine mezuzah situation. 18 This mezuzah situation is only a profile (i.
not a full 3D picture of a human), for that reason, it is exempt to the above pointed out regulation. 19 Nevertheless, it appears that it is still correct to prevent. 20 Pet images (as a whole) are not a trouble. 21 Nonetheless, for a mezuzah instance, given that one touches it, and also some kiss it, it seems suggested to avoid using 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 recorded in Daas Kedoshim 289:1 where it is written that he heard that this applies to all steels, however, the Daas Kedoshim was in doubt if this was additionally said by the Baal Shem Tov or a listener included it on his very own, since it is implied from the Sages that the trouble of reducing one's life just applies to iron (see the Magen Avraham Orach Chayim 180:4).
For the nails that fasten the mezuzah instance to the doorpost are typically made from iron, and also just concerning a table, which is likened to the Mizbeach, is there a trouble of having iron (like knives on it throughout the Birkas Hamazon), yet not so relating to a mezuzah situation. See, nonetheless, the Pischei Shearim (289:86) that refutes this evidence considering that the nails must not be contrasted 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 method in the name of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. See also Pischei Shearim (289:86) that quotes this practice for 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 had to pierce holes in them).