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היות וקבלנו על האי-מעיל הרבה מכתבים והודעות חדשות - ע"כ מי שיש לו חדשות בעניני הקלף נא לשלוח אלינו
לגלות ולפרסם לכל העולם - שמי שרוצה לקיים מצות
תפילין, ספר תורה, מגילה, ומזוזה, כהלכתה שכתובות על
קלף כשר עבודת יד מעובד לשמה עם הכשר הכי טוב,
יתנה עם הסופר שלו שיכתוב אך ורק על קלף
קלף כשר עבודת יד מעובד לשמה עם הכשר הכי טוב
קלף דף 5
בדף הזה יבואר בעז"ה כל המכשולות שיש בבתים - ואיפה שיש להשיג בתים לתפילין כשרות
קלף דף 6
בדף הזה נכניס בעז"ה שולחן ערוך מחבר ורמ"א הלכות תפילין , ספר תורה, מזוזה, ומגילה - מחולק ללימוד חדשי שבועי ושנתי
כל ישראל ערבים זה לזה !
וכל אחד מישראל מחויב להודיע לחבירו גודל המכשולות שיש בקלף
ובאיזה מקום שיכולים לקנות קלף עם הכשר !
וכל אחד שהולך עכשיו לקנות ספרי תורה תפילין ומזוזות ומגילות
יברר עם הסופר שהקלף הוא כשר עם השגחה ! ! !
All Jews are responsible for one another!
Each and every person is obligated to inform his friends of the great problems that exist in parchment production and where one can purchase reliable parchment!
Whoever goes to buy Sifrei Torah, Tefillin, Mezuzos or Megillos must clarify with the Sofer that the parchment is under Rabbinical supervision!!!
Stop a Minute!
Is the parchment of your Mezuzos and Tefillin kosher?
Where are you in the world? Ahah!
And check that you have kosher Mezuzos in your home!!!
זעקה גדולה ומרה
מסופר אחד שנכשל
וכתב הרבה שנים ספרי תורה תפילין מזוזות ומגילות על קלף בלי הכשר והרבנים פסקו לו שהוא צריך להחזיר הכסף לכל האנשים שקנו ממנו והוא מפרסם ומודיע, שכל אחד שקנה ממנו ספר תורה תפילין מזוזות ומגילות, הוא מוכן להחזיר לו כל הכסף
וממנו ילמדו וכן יעשו כל הסופרים - ובפרט שמהיום והלאה לא ירהבו בנפשם חס ושלום לכתוב עוד על קלף בלי הכשר טוב
A bitter cry from a Sofer who for many years wrote Sifrei Torah, Tefillin, Mezuzos and Megillos on unsupervised parchment. The Rabbanim decided that he is required to reimburse all of the people who bought from him. He is publicizing to everyone who bought from him, that he is prepared to do reimburse them. All Sofrim should learn from him to do the same, and from now on, they should not even consider writing on unsupervised parchment.
GREAT AND BITTER CRY!
BS'D, a have come to inform you, that I am a Sofer Stam who wrote Parshios and Mezuzos for many years on the parchment of ---------- that has no Rabbinical surpervision whatsoever. I became aware of the significant problems and the prohibition of the Badatz to write on unsupervised parchment, but I relied on the middle-man, as I heard from many Sofrim that they write on this parchment. I subsequently asked three great Rabbonim about the matter.
These Rabbonim responded: Since a customer pays you large sums of money for Parshios and Mezuzos, he relies on you that you have thoroughly verified that what you are giving him is 100% kosher. If the parchment is not kosher, what are all of the immersions worth that you immerse before the writing, as all of the immersions and all of the waters in the world do not purify you since you are "immersing whilst holding an impure creature". The immersion has not achieved anything as if you have written on parchment without supervision, you immerse and the impure creature is inside it!
Have you not heard about what happened in Monsey with this man that was known to be faithful and G-d fearing and one who spreads Torah, as well as one who blows the Shofar on Rosh Hashanah and leads the prayers and cries whilst praying on the Yamim Noraim. He was the one who for 12 years fed the entire city unslaughtered meat as well as forbidden fats and blood.
Did you not hear that they bring parchment from Gaza, China, Japan and other places? All of this was publicised in all of the newspapers and information that came from the Badatz of the Eidah HaChareidis!
Therefore, you must reimberse all of those that bought from you (all of the years that you have written, or at least in the last three years since there has been supervised parchment available), or write new Parshios or Mezuzos for them on kosher parchment.
I asked one Rav whether I am required to sell my house in order to return the money to all of my customers? But I do not have money in the bank and I learn half-day in Kollel! Surely these parchment sellers have a good name of being who are G-d fearing? So how am I guilty in this matter? And furthermore, all of my friends who are Sofrim, and even the older Sofrim write on this unsupervised parchment?
The Rav answered me: Look at what HaRav Chaim Vital writes in Eitz Chaim on Shaar Hahakdamos, about the Dor Hahaflogah "Let us make a name for ourselves"; and this unsupervised parchment falls into the category of the Dor Hahaflogah of the mixed multitude, as this person has made himself a name, exactly like the Dor Hahaflogah. You should know also that I heard from a Rav who checked that not only does this unsupervised parchment come from the aformentioned places, but it is even greased with pig fat; (and if you still think that this middle-man is G-d fearing, why does he not have supervision)? - (See also in Kav Hayoshor Part 120).
How could you have entertained these thoughts, as you know that in our holy land, the poverty is so great that people do not have food to eat. A Jew had the self-sacrifice to borrow large sums of money for many years to acquire outstanding Tefillin and you did not properly clarify the situation and gave him Tefilin over which one cannot Halachically make a Brochoh!
You should know that aside from the prohibition of theft, you have prevented your customers from fulfilling these important mitzvos and have caused them to stumble daily with Brochos in vain rch"l. What will you reply on the Day of Judgement when they will ask you about that which you learned in Keses HaSofer (1:1), "You must be careful in your work which is Heaven's work etc. ...you destroy the entire world."
And the words of Chasam Sofer have been fulfilled in our days (Collected Responsa, end 83) All the more so that the Sofrim of our generation are not well versed, that in our great sins they cause many to stumble, and as a result, there are many hundreds of Jews who have never worn kosher Tefilin on their heads (Yalkut Sofer).
You should also know, that all of the Mezuzos and Parshios that you wrote on unsupervised parchment did not protect those people and their families, and through this sin (Heaven protect us) many became orphaned rch"l. I am not saying that your guilt in this was deliberate ch"vsh, but certainly you will be required to give a reckoning for inadvertantly causing it. (See the Introduction to Sefer Nidchai Yisroel by the Chofetz Chaim zt"l).
Therefore "Listen to my voice, I will advise you, and Hashem should be with you"...Since you have stumbled in such a serious transgression by causing many to stumble in this great sin, if you will bring this matter to the attention of all of the Sofrim and all of Israel, "All you shall warn them, and inform them of the way upon which to go and the action to take, then Hashem will be with you" and he will forgive you, as you did as you were commanded.
This Rav also told me to publicise that each and every Jew that wishes to purchase Tefilin, Mezuzos, Sifrai Torah or Megillos should verify thoroughly whether the Sofer writes on supervised parchment, as if not, he is literally wasting his money, as aside from not fulfilling the mitzvah, he is placing himself and his household in great danger. And if he bought a Sefer Torah that was written on this unsupervised parchment, he has caused many to stumble with Brochos in vain and not fulfilling their obligation to hear the Torah reading. And if the Sefer Torah was written in the merit of a deceased family member, not only has the soul of the deceased not been merited, but upon each Torah reading, he has sent his parent or grandparent to the depths of Gehinnom and it is from there that they are crying out a loud and bitter cry without rest. This man will be required to give a reckoning for all of this.
I have therefore decided to inform all who have purchased Parshios and Mezuzos from me that I am prepared to reimburse them or to rewrite for them those Parshios or Mezuzos.
12th Shevat 5767
Asher Green, Sofer Stam
הסופריס סת"ם שכותבים על קלף בלי הכשר הכי טוב עתידים ליתן את הדין, ונידונים בתליה על לשונם (ראה התמונה) מפני ששיקרו בלשונם לבעליהם שהזמינו אצלם ספרי תורה תפילין מזוזות ומגילות בדמים יקרים (דמים תרתי משמע) ורימו אותם בלשונם שהם חשבו שמשלמים על הכי טוב מהדרין מן המהדרין ולמעשה הכל פסולים מפני שהקלף היא כמו פיסת נייר.
Sofrim who write on unsupervised parchment will be required to give a reckoning for this. They will be judged with being hung up by their tongues (see picture) as they lied with their tongues to those people who spent large sums of money when ordering from them. These Sofrim cheated them as they thought that they were paying for writings of the highest standards. In fact, they received possul texts since they were written on non-Kosher parchment.
Writing on unsupervised parchment is like writing on a piece of paper taken from the New York Times.
Published with the help of Jason Robert Kovan