2 Below is a brief section from a chapter on mezuzah cases from my brand-new publication on the laws of mezuzos Mezuzah: Divine Security and Blessing. The purpose of the mezuzah case is to decorate and also shield the mezuzah scroll. Mezuzah cases ought to be in good problem (ברכת כהנים מנוקד). 3 The instance needs to be blocked well to make sure that the mezuzah does not get messed up from dampness from the wall4 or from rainfall.
The case must look respectful and beautiful. Each situation ought to be renewed occasionally5 equally as someone would certainly renew his or her apparel and other ownerships. Exactly how much a lot more so should one renew the mezuzah instance when it involves recognizing Hashem with the mitzvahs, as it says, "This is my G-d and also I will certainly adorn Him."6 It is composed in the name of the Baal Shem Tov7 that it is proper to avoid real estate the mezuzah scroll in an iron instance.
This is connected to the legislation that it is prohibited to make use of iron to chisel the stone Mizbeach (alter). 8 Concerning silver and gold mezuzah instances, the Daas Kedoshim9 suggests that it was always avoided as a result of the issue that the cases would be swiped. Nevertheless, lots of in technique do not make use of any kind of metallic mezuzah instances,10 even if there is no problem of them being taken.
One might not decrease a holy thing such as a Sefer Torah, tefillin or mezuzos to a reduced station of holiness11 as would certainly be taken into consideration ill-mannered to the mitzvah. 12 A mezuzah situation that was made on Shabbos by a Jew ought to not be acquired or made use of. 13 Human figures14 (or the sunlight or moon)15 on a mezuzah instance need to ideally be stayed clear of for real estate a mezuzah parchment.
17 It is for that reason better to avoid purchasing, utilizing, or offering such mezuzah instances. If one already owns such a case and also one does not intend to eliminate it, it appears one might rub off the nose of the toy human figurine mezuzah instance. 18 This mezuzah case is just an account (i.
not a complete 3D photo of a human), for that reason, it is exempt to the above discussed guideline. 19 Nevertheless, it appears that it is still correct to avoid. 20 Animal pictures (generally) are not a problem. 21 However, for a mezuzah instance, since one touches it, and also some kiss it, it appears advisable 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 puts on all steels, nevertheless, the Daas Kedoshim was in question if this was additionally said by the Baal Shem Tov or an audience added it on his very own, because it is implied from the Sages that the problem of shortening one's life only applies 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, and also only worrying a table, which is likened to the Mizbeach, is there an issue of having iron (like knives on it throughout the Birkas Hamazon), however not so pertaining to a mezuzah situation. See, however, the Pischei Shearim (289:86) that refutes this evidence because the nails must not be contrasted to the instance of the mezuzah because 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 estimates this practice for the Skolia Rebbe. Menachos 32a. R. Moshe Weiner writes: In addition to decreasing the sanctity of the tefillin battim, one is disrespecting the tefillin battim (for one had to pierce openings in them).