Sofer Stam

Services I provide and rational

Mezuzah checking

Mezuzah house calls: I come to your house/business, take down, check and rehang Mezuzot on location. In event of Pasul Mezuzot I come with a selection of Mezuzot at different price/Hiddur levels. Outdoor Mezuzot are heat sealed in a plastic sleeve to further protect them from the elements

Why should you check them: Your Mezuzot are written on parchment, an organic material, the ink is made from a different organic material. Your Mezuzot are subject to the elements – not that they are directly exposed, they expand and contract with heat and cold, they dry out during the winter just like your skin chaps. The writing then is expanding and contracting at different rates than the parchment. All of this creates ideal circumstances to cause cracks in the letters.

How often to check? According to the Shulchan Aruch, twice in seven years – approximately every three and a half years.

Tefillin checking

Full range of checking and repair services available, including refinishing your old Tefillin to look new. Loaner Tefillin are available so you won’t be inconvenienced while I am working on your Tefillin.

Having trouble getting to me, I can come to you to pick up and drop off your Tefillin.

Why check? Depending on the circumstances like Mezuzot, your Tefillin are subject to the elements. Assuming that they are used on a daily basis they potentially are subject to your body conditions and emissions. Do you sweat profusely? Do you Daven immediately after you have showered and have wet hair? Do you have very oily hair? Any of these conditions will contribute to either the decomposition of the Rezuot or to the potential damage to the Parshiot inside the Batim.

How often should I check? There is no set standard, however people seem to think that because they have Batim Gassot that they never have to check them because there is an assumption of Kashrut. People who have used this line of reasoning have not checked their Tefillin for decades. The Batim also expand and contract, and since the Shel Rosh has four separate compartments, the Square of the Shel Rosh may be off – Pasul. (There are tolerance levels for Rebuah) Often the Rezuot are long ago Pasul (they are no longer wide enough, they are no longer black – Halachah Moshe from Sinai) If you are taking the time to put the Tefillin on, take the time to make sure they are kosher. Minimally you should have a Sofer look at the Rezuot. (no charge).

Sefer Torah checking, repair and restoration


Erasing and rewriting letters

Sewing Yeriahs (section of parchment that is generally 4 columns wide) that have separated

Checking and correcting sections or entire Sefer Torah

Current project:Paterson Shul Torah Restoration Project

​May 6, 2015: Article as seen in the Jewish Link of New Jersey