I was in a home this morning taking down Mezuzahs for checking and shockingly discovered 9 out of 12 Mezuzahs put up incorrectly. As you can see in the photo attached they were hanging only from the screw on the top. The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch calls such a Mezuzah "a hanging Mezuzah" and rules that it is not Kosher. I.e it can be the most Mehudar Mezuzah but if not hung properly it is not Kosher. If you need screws or tape to affix the Mezuzahs properly, I will supply free of charge. just reach out to me
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Tefillin need to be square, a dent in one of the corners can make them no longer Kosher. They do not have to be pointy on the corners, however if you, your son or husband have a serious dent like in the picture below, or if you are not sure how severe it is, bring them in right away to be inspected and if necessary fixed.
Sometimes nicks and dents can go undetected, which is one of the reasons why it is important to have Tefillin checked on a yearly basis. If that is not feasible then at least once every 5-7 years.
Remember; always handle Tefilin over a table or surface to prevent them from falling to the ground. It is also important to stay away from walls or low ceilings while wearing them.
Rabbi Kass was ordained by Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, former Ashkenazik Chief Rabbi of Israel. He is certified as a Sofer for both Kesivah and Hagoah by one of the leading experts in Safrus, Rabbi Avrohom Tzvi Vosner, Rav of the Vad Mishmeres Sta”m.
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There are many things that can render Mezuzah or Tefillin not Kosher, or at best minimally Kosher.
Some of which happen over time and some unfortunately are Possul from the get go,
Letters, Words or/and Tagim that are Missing, Extra, Substituted, Touching, Broken. Improperly Spaced, Deformed. Faded, Cracked and weather damaged.
We document the problems that we find and periodically upload them to the website.
We hope that this will educate and encourage the public to purchase Tefillin and Mezuzos only from a reputable source, and to have their Mezuzos and Tefillin checked regularly.