2 Below is a brief section from a phase on mezuzah cases from my brand-new book on the laws of mezuzos Mezuzah: Divine Security as well as Blessing. The objective of the mezuzah situation is to embellish and also shield the mezuzah scroll. Mezuzah instances need to remain in excellent condition (מזוזות עץ). 3 The instance ought to be shut off well so that the mezuzah does not obtain destroyed from wetness from the wall4 or from rainfall.
The instance should look considerate and also gorgeous. Each case must be renewed occasionally5 equally as somebody would certainly renew his/her clothing as well as various other possessions. Just how much more so need to one renew the mezuzah instance when it pertains to honoring Hashem with the mitzvahs, as it claims, "This is my G-d as well as I will certainly decorate Him."6 It is composed in the name of the Baal Shem Tov7 that it is appropriate to avoid real estate the mezuzah scroll in an iron case.
This is linked to the regulation that it is forbidden to make use of iron to sculpt the rock Mizbeach (change). 8 Worrying silver as well as gold mezuzah situations, the Daas Kedoshim9 recommends that it was always stayed clear of as a result of the issue that the instances would certainly be taken. However, many in method do not utilize any type of kind of metal mezuzah situations,10 also if there is no concern of them being stolen.
One may not lower a holy item such as a Sefer Torah, tefillin or mezuzos to a lower terminal of holiness11 as would be thought about rude to the mitzvah. 12 A mezuzah case that was made on Shabbos by a Jew ought to not be bought or used. 13 Human figures14 (or the sunlight or moon)15 on a mezuzah case should ideally be stayed clear of for housing a mezuzah parchment.
17 It is as a result far better to prevent investing in, using, or selling such mezuzah cases. If one currently has such a case as well as one does not intend to remove it, it seems one might abrade the nose of the plaything human figurine mezuzah situation. 18 This mezuzah situation is only an account (i.
not a full 3D image of a human), therefore, it is exempt to the above discussed regulation. 19 Nevertheless, it seems that it is still appropriate to avoid. 20 Pet photos (generally) are not a trouble. 21 However, for a mezuzah case, considering that one touches it, and also some kiss it, it seems advisable to prevent using this kind 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 created that he listened to that this relates to all steels, nevertheless, the Daas Kedoshim remained in doubt if this was likewise stated by the Baal Shem Tov or an audience included it on his very own, because it is suggested from the Sages that the problem of shortening one's life only relates to iron (see the Magen Avraham Orach Chayim 180:4).
For the nails that fasten the mezuzah situation to the doorpost are usually made from iron, and just concerning a table, which is compared to the Mizbeach, is there a trouble of having iron (like knives on it throughout the Birkas Hamazon), but not so regarding a mezuzah case. See, nevertheless, the Pischei Shearim (289:86) that refutes this proof given that 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 in the name of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. See also Pischei Shearim (289:86) that quotes this method in the name of the Skolia Rebbe. Menachos 32a. R. Moshe Weiner writes: Along with reducing the holiness of the tefillin battim, one is disrespecting the tefillin battim (for one needed to pierce holes in them).