By COLlive reporter
A group of 6 Crown Heights sofers are calling to Bais Din a Chicago man who is on a lone crusade for what they say is slander against them and their businesses.
Kingston Avenue sofers Rabbis Moshe Klein, Gad Sebag, Eliezer Shapira, Yosef Liran, Yitzchok Mishulovin, Dovid Rimler, and Mendel Vogel have called Yisrael Dovid Wolf of Chicago to a Bais Din, for “slandering them and causing them to lose money.”
In the past two days, social media has been abuzz with information spread by Wolf, claiming he did months of research into Mezuzahs sold by these sofers, and has concluded that they are all selling non-Kosher mezuzahs, some more than others.
Wolf’s inquiry has been widely shared on social media, however COLlive did not publish the information immediately due to concerns about the validity of his research and his method.
“While this was a very sensational case, the video and investigation seemed questionable to us, and needed a lot more investigating before we could report about it,” said Mica Soffer, Publisher and editor of COLlive.
Wolf claimed that most people do not know the rules and laws of Mezuzah, and rely on the stores that sell Mezuzahs to verify their merchandise before they sell it to the public.
Wolf wrote in an email sent to COLlive, “unfortunately, many stores, even operated by Orthodox Jews, are selling Mezuzahs which have questionable kosher status or simply not kosher. Being that a mezuzah is handwritten by a scribe and not produced by machine, it needs to be properly inspected after it’s written to identify and – when permissible – correct the errors.”
He claimed that he ordered 10 Mezuzahs from 8 different stores and had them checked by an independent Sofer. He chose precisely those stores that Chabad Shluchim around the world often buy from.
The results, he said, were shocking: Only 1 store had all their Mezuzos verified as Kosher – Namely Machon Stam owned by Rabbi Yitzhok Raskin (who did not join his peers in challenging Wolf to Din Torah).
Wolf wouldn’t disclose which Sofer he used to conduct the check but says he found that 2 stores had very poor quality mezuzos that should never be sold: Hasofer – Moshe Klein and Hamafitz Judaica, while 5 others had many not Kosher Mezuzahs.
VIDEO: Wolf’s inquiry that was widely shared on social media