2 Below is a quick area from a chapter on mezuzah situations from my brand-new book on the laws of mezuzos Mezuzah: Divine Defense as well as Blessing. The purpose of the mezuzah case is to embellish and shield the mezuzah scroll. Mezuzah situations ought to be in great condition (ברכת מזוזה). 3 The case should be closed off well to make sure that the mezuzah does not obtain ruined from wetness from the wall4 or from rainfall.
The case should look respectful and gorgeous. Each instance ought to be restored occasionally5 just as a person would renew his/her clothing and also various other possessions. Just how much extra so should one renew the mezuzah instance when it involves recognizing Hashem with the mitzvahs, as it states, "This is my G-d as well as I will decorate Him."6 It is created in the name of the Baal Shem Tov7 that it appertains to stay clear of housing the mezuzah scroll in an iron case.
This is linked to the law that it is prohibited to use iron to carve the stone Mizbeach (modify). 8 Worrying silver and gold mezuzah instances, the Daas Kedoshim9 suggests that it was always prevented due to the worry that the instances would be taken. However, lots of in method do not make use of any type of metallic mezuzah instances,10 also if there is no problem of them being taken.
One may not reduce a holy item such as a Sefer Torah, tefillin or mezuzos to a lower terminal of holiness11 as would certainly be considered ill-mannered to the mitzvah. 12 A mezuzah instance that was made on Shabbos by a Jew need to not be bought or used. 13 Human figures14 (or the sun or moon)15 on a mezuzah situation must preferably be stayed clear of for housing a mezuzah parchment.
17 It is for that reason far better to avoid acquiring, utilizing, or offering such mezuzah cases. If one currently possesses such an instance as well as one does not wish to obtain rid of it, it seems one can abrade the nose of the plaything human porcelain figurine mezuzah instance. 18 This mezuzah instance is just an account (i.
not a full 3D photo of a human), therefore, it is exempt to the above stated policy. 19 Nonetheless, it seems that it is still appropriate to avoid. 20 Animal pictures (in general) are not a trouble. 21 However, for a mezuzah situation, since one touches it, as well as some kiss it, it appears advisable 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 videotaped in Daas Kedoshim 289:1 where it is composed that he listened to that this applies to all steels, however, the Daas Kedoshim was in question if this was also stated 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 just applies to iron (see the Magen Avraham Orach Chayim 180:4).
For the nails that affix the mezuzah case to the doorpost are usually made from iron, and just worrying a table, which is likened to the Mizbeach, exists a problem of having iron (like blades on it during the Birkas Hamazon), yet not so pertaining to a mezuzah case. See, nonetheless, the Pischei Shearim (289:86) that refutes this evidence since the nails must not be compared to the instance of the mezuzah since 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) that quotes this practice in the name of the Skolia Rebbe. Menachos 32a. R. Moshe Weiner composes: Along with reducing the virtuousness of the tefillin battim, one is disrespecting the tefillin battim (for one had to pierce openings in them).