Category Archives: STaM

Religious Articles and Their Cost (Pricing Realities)

24 Nissan 5771 April 28, 2011 I have been asked why the cost of religious articles has suddenly jumped up in price. Let us seek to understand the consumer realities by analyzing market realities today. A Talis and Talis Katan are made from wool or cotton, which has risen by 12% to 25% on the read more »

How to Take Mezuzos Down for Examination

23 Nissan 5771 April 27, 2011 While this question appears simple, in actuality, there are a number of affiliated issues that should be addressed. Below I touch on a few of the issues at hand in a question and answer format without going into the details of the halachic discourse behind the answers provided. (For read more »

Painting and Mezuzah Healthcare

Rosh Chodesh Nissan 5771 Tuesday, April 5, 2011 The time between Purim and Pesach is a busy one, when we are occupied with yomtov preparations. Among those preparations are cleaning and painting, both possibly resulting in a mezuzah nightmare.  When cleaning and washing windows and door frames water is often poured and sprayed in copious read more »

STaM Alert: Warning of Book Store Sofer Services

21 Adar II 5771 March 27, 2011 In the last few weeks we have received a number of stories of individuals who have brought tefillin and mezuzos into local religious article stores or book/seforim stores. These stores “farm out” the work to sofrim who may or may not be certified or trained to examine. The read more »

Marking a question or problem on a Sefer Torah

17 Adar II 5771 March 23, 2011 The best and easiest way to mark a question or problem in a Sefer Torah is by using a simple paper clip. Using a paper clip to mark any questions in kashrus you may have found in your Sefer Torah may be done on Shabbos and Yomtov.

Care of a Megilas Esther (Part 1)

17 Adar II 5771 March 23, 2011 The pullout cases can and do damage the megilah parchment, both when the megilah is pulled out and again when rolled backed into the cover. Damage may occur due to the rubbing of the parchment and the cover. This can affect both the writing and the stitching of read more »

Traveling with tefillin

9 Adar II 5771 March 15, 2011 Today, with cars, buses, trains and planes being part of everyday life, many of us do not even realize what our travels can do to our tefillin. Many of us take a car to shul to daven in the morning and most of the time we return home read more »

Beware: Non-Jewish “Scribes”

4 Adar 1 5771 February 8, 2011 Is it true that Arabs and missionaries are writing and selling mezuzot? Yes! A Yeshiva student recently testified that he saw an Arab in Jerusalem’s old city writing a Megilas Esther, the Scroll of Esther read on Purim. For some reason the Arab wrote the Hebrew words of read more »

Care and Maintenance of Tefillin Straps

2 Adar I 5771 February 6, 2011 Tefillin straps are the number one pasul or point of invalidation found in tefillin when tefillin are checked. Unfortunately most of us do not realize that the straps need to be examined regularly, in fact much more often than the scrolls. There are two conditions on the straps read more »

How to Paint Tefillin Straps

28 Shevat 5771 February 2, 2011 The first thing one must do before painting or blackening tefillin straps is to say “LeShem Kedushat Tefillin”. If you did not say it then please consult your rabbinical authority. The best way of painting straps is by using paint (most commonly sold in an applicator bottle) or a read more »