2 Below is a brief section from a phase on mezuzah situations from my new book on the legislations of mezuzos Mezuzah: Divine Security and Blessing. The function of the mezuzah instance is to decorate as well as protect the mezuzah scroll. Mezuzah situations need to remain in good condition (מזוזה כשרה). 3 The case should be blocked well to make sure that the mezuzah does not get destroyed from wetness from the wall4 or from rain.
The instance should look considerate as well as lovely. Each instance ought to be restored occasionally5 just as a person would certainly renew his/her clothes and other ownerships. Just how much more so should one restore the mezuzah instance when it pertains to recognizing Hashem with the mitzvahs, as it says, "This is my G-d and I will embellish Him."6 It is written in the name of the Baal Shem Tov7 that it is correct to stay clear of real estate the mezuzah scroll in an iron instance.
This is linked to the legislation that it is restricted to use iron to sculpt the stone Mizbeach (modify). 8 Worrying silver and gold mezuzah situations, the Daas Kedoshim9 recommends that it was constantly prevented because of the concern that the instances would certainly be swiped. However, many in practice do not utilize any kind of kind of metallic mezuzah instances,10 even if there is no issue of them being stolen.
One may not decrease a holy item such as a Sefer Torah, tefillin or mezuzos to a reduced terminal of holiness11 as would be taken into consideration 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 sunlight or moon)15 on a mezuzah case should ideally be avoided for housing a mezuzah parchment.
17 It is therefore much better to stay clear of investing in, making use of, or marketing such mezuzah cases. If one already owns such a situation as well as one does not intend to obtain rid of it, it appears one could abrade the nose of the plaything human figurine mezuzah situation. 18 This mezuzah instance is only a profile (i.
not a complete 3D picture of a human), for that reason, it is not subject to the above discussed guideline. 19 Nonetheless, it seems that it is still proper to avoid. 20 Pet images (as a whole) are not a problem. 21 Nevertheless, for a mezuzah instance, since one touches it, and also some kiss it, it appears advisable to avoid utilizing this sort of instance. 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 relates to all steels, however, the Daas Kedoshim was in question if this was likewise stated by the Baal Shem Tov or an audience added it on his very own, considering that it is indicated from the Sages that the trouble of shortening one's life just relates to iron (see the Magen Avraham Orach Chayim 180:4).
For the nails that attach the mezuzah instance to the doorpost are usually made from iron, and also only concerning a table, which is compared to the Mizbeach, exists a problem of having iron (like blades on it throughout the Birkas Hamazon), but not so pertaining to a mezuzah situation. See, however, the Pischei Shearim (289:86) who refutes this evidence since the nails must not be compared to the situation of the mezuzah because they do not touch the mezuzah straight.
Ibid. See Nesivim Bisdeh Hashlichus Vol. 1 (p. 94)that brings this method in the name of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. See also Pischei Shearim (289:86) who quotes this practice in the name of the Skolia Rebbe. Menachos 32a. R. Moshe Weiner creates: In addition to reducing the reverence of the tefillin battim, one is disrespecting the tefillin battim (for one needed to drill openings in them).