2 Below is a short section from a phase on mezuzah cases from my new publication on the laws of mezuzos Mezuzah: Divine Protection and also True Blessing. The objective of the mezuzah instance is to decorate and shield the mezuzah scroll. Mezuzah situations ought to remain in good condition (פמוטים מקריסטל). 3 The case ought to be closed off well to ensure that the mezuzah does not get spoiled from dampness from the wall4 or from rain.
The case ought to look respectful as well as gorgeous. Each instance ought to be restored occasionally5 simply as a person would restore his/her garments and various other ownerships. Just how much a lot more so need to one restore the mezuzah instance when it concerns recognizing Hashem with the mitzvahs, as it claims, "This is my G-d and also I will adorn Him."6 It is written in the name of the Baal Shem Tov7 that it is appropriate to stay clear of real estate the mezuzah scroll in an iron situation.
This is connected to the law that it is prohibited to make use of iron to chisel the rock Mizbeach (change). 8 Concerning silver and also gold mezuzah instances, the Daas Kedoshim9 suggests that it was constantly stayed clear of because of the worry that the cases would be swiped. Nonetheless, several in technique do not utilize any type of kind of metallic mezuzah cases,10 even if there is no concern of them being swiped.
One might not reduce a divine item such as a Sefer Torah, tefillin or mezuzos to a reduced terminal of holiness11 as would be considered rude to the mitzvah. 12 A mezuzah case that was made on Shabbos by a Jew ought to not be bought or utilized. 13 Human figures14 (or the sun or moon)15 on a mezuzah situation should ideally be avoided for real estate a mezuzah parchment.
17 It is as a result much better to prevent purchasing, using, or marketing such mezuzah situations. If one currently owns such a situation as well as one does not intend to get rid of it, it appears one might massage off the nose of the toy human porcelain figurine mezuzah case. 18 This mezuzah case is only an account (i.
not a full 3D picture of a human), therefore, it is not subject to the above pointed out policy. 19 Nevertheless, it appears that it is still appropriate to avoid. 20 Animal pictures (generally) are not a trouble. 21 However, for a mezuzah instance, considering that one touches it, as well as some kiss it, it seems suggested to avoid utilizing this kind of situation. 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 created that he heard that this relates to all metals, nonetheless, the Daas Kedoshim was in uncertainty if this was also said by the Baal Shem Tov or a listener added it on his own, given that it is suggested from the Sages that the issue of reducing one's life only uses to iron (see the Magen Avraham Orach Chayim 180:4).
For the nails that affix the mezuzah instance to the doorpost are generally made from iron, as well as just worrying a table, which is likened to the Mizbeach, is there an issue of having iron (like blades on it during the Birkas Hamazon), however not so concerning a mezuzah instance. See, nonetheless, the Pischei Shearim (289:86) that refutes this evidence given that the nails need to not be contrasted to the case 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 practice in the name of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. See also Pischei Shearim (289:86) who quotes this method for the Skolia Rebbe. Menachos 32a. R. Moshe Weiner writes: Along with lowering the righteousness of the tefillin battim, one is disrespecting the tefillin battim (for one had to pierce openings in them).