This letter Shin has its middle head disconnected.
It is not Kosher as it is but it can and needs to be fixed.
This is a broken letter ה it is considered Nifsak Nirah Lihedia. which means that this is a break in a letter which seen by the naked eye.
There is a Machlokes between Achronim what to do in such a scenario the more lenient opinion says that this should be shown to a child who knows the Alef Beis well but does not yet know how to read. For only he can judge the letters individually and not read it in the context of the word. I brought this Shaloh to Rabbi Vosner and he advised it be shown to a child, The child read it as a ה so this was able to be fixed (a little ink was added to reconnect the roof of the ה) however the Tefillin would no longer be considered Mehudar because according to the more stringent opinion this would be not Kosher.
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.