2 Below is a short section from a phase on mezuzah situations from my brand-new book on the legislations of mezuzos Mezuzah: Divine Protection and also True Blessing. The function of the mezuzah instance is to decorate as well as shield the mezuzah scroll. Mezuzah instances must be in great problem (מזוזות עץ). 3 The case needs to be shut off well so that the mezuzah does not get wrecked from dampness from the wall4 or from rainfall.
The situation must look respectful and lovely. Each instance must be restored occasionally5 just as someone would restore his/her clothes and various other properties. How a lot a lot more so ought to one renew the mezuzah case when it concerns recognizing Hashem with the mitzvahs, as it says, "This is my G-d and I will decorate Him."6 It is written in the name of the Baal Shem Tov7 that it is proper to stay clear of real estate the mezuzah scroll in an iron instance.
This is linked to the regulation that it is forbidden to utilize iron to sculpt the rock Mizbeach (alter). 8 Concerning silver as well as gold mezuzah situations, the Daas Kedoshim9 suggests that it was always stayed clear of because of the worry that the instances would certainly be taken. Nonetheless, numerous in practice do not utilize any kind of metallic mezuzah situations,10 even if there is no concern of them being swiped.
One may not decrease a divine thing such as a Sefer Torah, tefillin or mezuzos to a lower 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 must not be acquired or used. 13 Human figures14 (or the sunlight or moon)15 on a mezuzah instance should ideally be stayed clear of for housing a mezuzah parchment.
17 It is consequently much better to stay clear of investing in, utilizing, or marketing such mezuzah instances. If one currently owns such a situation and also one does not want to eliminate it, it seems one might scrub off the nose of the toy human porcelain figurine mezuzah instance. 18 This mezuzah instance is just an account (i.
not a complete 3D photo of a human), consequently, it is exempt to the above stated guideline. 19 Nevertheless, it seems that it is still correct to avoid. 20 Animal photos (in basic) are not a problem. 21 However, for a mezuzah case, because one touches it, and also some kiss it, it seems a good idea to avoid utilizing this kind of instance. 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 heard that this relates to all steels, however, the Daas Kedoshim was in doubt if this was also claimed by the Baal Shem Tov or a listener added it on his very own, given that 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 affix the mezuzah situation to the doorpost are usually made from iron, and only worrying a table, which is likened to the Mizbeach, exists an issue of having iron (like knives on it during the Birkas Hamazon), however not so concerning a mezuzah case. See, nonetheless, the Pischei Shearim (289:86) who refutes this evidence considering that the nails should not be compared 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)that brings this method for the Lubavitcher Rebbe. See likewise Pischei Shearim (289:86) that quotes this method for the Skolia Rebbe. Menachos 32a. R. Moshe Weiner writes: In addition to lowering the holiness of the tefillin battim, one is disrespecting the tefillin battim (for one needed to pierce holes in them).