2 Below is a short area from a chapter on mezuzah instances from my brand-new book on the laws of mezuzos Mezuzah: Divine Defense and True Blessing. The function of the mezuzah case is to embellish and also protect the mezuzah scroll. Mezuzah cases must remain in great condition (https://www.minhastam.com/מזוזות). 3 The situation ought to be shut off well to make sure that the mezuzah does not get destroyed from wetness from the wall4 or from rain.
The case must look respectful as well as lovely. Each case should be renewed occasionally5 simply as somebody would renew his/her clothes and other ownerships. Just how much a lot more so should one restore the mezuzah case when it comes to honoring Hashem with the mitzvahs, as it claims, "This is my G-d as well as I will certainly embellish Him."6 It is created in the name of the Baal Shem Tov7 that it appertains to avoid 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 (change). 8 Worrying silver and also gold mezuzah cases, the Daas Kedoshim9 suggests that it was constantly prevented due to the issue that the situations would certainly be stolen. However, many in practice do not make use of any kind of metal mezuzah situations,10 even if there is no problem of them being swiped.
One might not reduce a holy product such as a Sefer Torah, tefillin or mezuzos to a reduced station of holiness11 as would be taken into consideration disrespectful to the mitzvah. 12 A mezuzah case that was made on Shabbos by a Jew should not be purchased or used. 13 Human figures14 (or the sunlight or moon)15 on a mezuzah situation should ideally be avoided for housing a mezuzah parchment.
17 It is therefore far better to avoid purchasing, using, or offering such mezuzah cases. If one currently owns such a case and also one does not want to get rid of it, it appears one might abrade the nose of the plaything human porcelain figurine mezuzah situation. 18 This mezuzah instance is only a profile (i.
not a full 3D picture of a human), consequently, it is exempt to the above mentioned guideline. 19 Nevertheless, it seems that it is still correct to avoid. 20 Animal photos (as a whole) are not a trouble. 21 However, for a mezuzah situation, given that one touches it, and also some kiss it, it appears suggested to stay clear of using 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 recorded in Daas Kedoshim 289:1 where it is composed that he listened to that this applies to all steels, nevertheless, the Daas Kedoshim was in uncertainty if this was additionally stated by the Baal Shem Tov or an audience included it on his very own, because it is implied from the Sages that the problem of shortening one's life just applies to iron (see the Magen Avraham Orach Chayim 180:4).
For the nails that affix the mezuzah situation to the doorpost are normally made from iron, and just worrying a table, which is likened to the Mizbeach, is there a trouble of having iron (like blades on it throughout the Birkas Hamazon), yet not so regarding a mezuzah case. See, however, the Pischei Shearim (289:86) who refutes this evidence since the nails need to not be compared to the case of the mezuzah since they do not touch the mezuzah straight.
Ibid. See Nesivim Bisdeh Hashlichus Vol. 1 (p. 94)that brings this technique for the Lubavitcher Rebbe. See additionally Pischei Shearim (289:86) that quotes this method for the Skolia Rebbe. Menachos 32a. R. Moshe Weiner creates: In enhancement to decreasing the reverence of the tefillin battim, one is disrespecting the tefillin battim (for one needed to pierce openings in them).