Two letters touching in Tefillin make them not Kosher. The reason for this is that the Torah says Ukesavtom and we learn out that the letters have to be Kesivah Tama.
One of the ideas of Kesavah Tama is that the letters need to be separate from each other and be totally surrounded by Klaf.
Being that these letters which are touching do not loose their own letter status or together form a third letter this is an easy fix, it is only necessary to scrape the connection and it will then be Kosher.
There are Many things that can render Tefillin or Mezuzah not Kosher or at best minimally Kosher.
Some of which happen over time with aging and some unfortunately are Posul from the get go.
Letters, words and or Tagim that are missing, extra substituted, touching, Broken, Improperly Spaced, misshapen faded, cracked and weather damaged.
We document the problems we find and periodically upload them to the website.
We hope that this will educate and encourage the public to purchase only Tefillin and Mezuzas that are high quality from a reputable source, to take care of them properly and have them checked regularly.
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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