2 Below is a quick area from a chapter on mezuzah cases from my brand-new book on the laws of mezuzos Mezuzah: Divine Security and True Blessing. The objective of the mezuzah situation is to embellish and also shield the mezuzah scroll. Mezuzah situations must remain in good condition (https://www.minhastam.com/סופרי סתם). 3 The situation ought to be blocked well to ensure that the mezuzah does not obtain messed up from moisture from the wall4 or from rainfall.
The case must look considerate and also attractive. Each situation should be renewed occasionally5 just as someone would certainly renew his/her clothes and various other ownerships. Just how much more so need to one restore the mezuzah case when it comes to honoring Hashem with the mitzvahs, as it says, "This is my G-d and I will embellish Him."6 It is composed in the name of the Baal Shem Tov7 that it appertains to stay clear of real estate the mezuzah scroll in an iron case.
This is attached to the legislation that it is forbidden to make use of iron to chisel the rock Mizbeach (change). 8 Worrying silver as well as gold mezuzah cases, the Daas Kedoshim9 recommends that it was constantly stayed clear of as a result of the issue that the situations would be stolen. However, several in technique do not use any kind of metallic mezuzah instances,10 even if there is no problem of them being taken.
One might not decrease a holy item such as a Sefer Torah, tefillin or mezuzos to a lower station of holiness11 as would be thought about disrespectful to the mitzvah. 12 A mezuzah case that was made on Shabbos by a Jew need to not be purchased or used. 13 Human figures14 (or the sun or moon)15 on a mezuzah case must preferably be stayed clear of for real estate a mezuzah parchment.
17 It is as a result better to avoid acquiring, making use of, or selling such mezuzah cases. If one already owns such a situation and also one does not want to do away with it, it seems one might abrade the nose of the toy human porcelain figurine mezuzah situation. 18 This mezuzah instance is just a profile (i.
not a full 3D image of a human), consequently, it is exempt to the above discussed policy. 19 Nonetheless, it appears that it is still proper to prevent. 20 Animal photos (generally) are not a trouble. 21 Nonetheless, for a mezuzah instance, given that one touches it, as well as some kiss it, it seems a good idea to prevent 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 tape-recorded in Daas Kedoshim 289:1 where it is composed that he heard that this uses to all metals, nevertheless, the Daas Kedoshim was in question if this was additionally stated by the Baal Shem Tov or a listener added it on his very own, because 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 affix the mezuzah situation to the doorpost are normally made from iron, and only concerning a table, which is likened to the Mizbeach, is there a problem of having iron (like blades on it throughout the Birkas Hamazon), but not so regarding a mezuzah instance. See, nonetheless, the Pischei Shearim (289:86) who refutes this proof given that the nails should not be contrasted to the instance 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 for the Lubavitcher Rebbe. See likewise Pischei Shearim (289:86) who estimates this practice in the name of the Skolia Rebbe. Menachos 32a. R. Moshe Weiner writes: In addition to lowering the reverence of the tefillin battim, one is disrespecting the tefillin battim (for one needed to pierce holes in them).