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#159 They are 2nd cousins
January 10, 2019 11:25 pm

Yitzchok ben Laibel ben Haishke ben Sara and
Yisroel Dovid ben Brocha bas Tziva bas Sara.

That makes them 2nd cousins!

373 these are the cheapest mezuzahs we are talking about
January 10, 2019 1:54 pm

The people who buy these mezuzahs are people who will be happy with the cheapest quality. To say it’s possul and fraud and not mention that there is a clear opinion in Shulchan Oruch that it’s kosher and not necessary to fix is mamash disturbing. Mitzi Shem Ra is much worse than following a more lenient opinion about touching letters for people who want the cheap mezuzahs.

370
January 10, 2019 7:51 am

Would you be happy to have a mezuzah with touching letters on your kids bedroom door?

Answer to #370
January 9, 2019 5:33 pm

The example I gave about the engine was not referring to “Posul”, but to all the comments that say “IT CAN BE FIXED”.
Yes, of course they can be fixed. But, when you purchase a new product it has to to work from day one. Not needing fixing, for it to be Kosher, L’chatchila or Bedioved. Sorry for not clarifying! SM

#367 missing engine analogy is inaccurate
January 9, 2019 3:44 pm

Saying that these mezuzahs are possul and the sofrim are crooks without clarifying that there are more than one opinion in Shulchan Oruch and these are kosher according to those opinions, is mamash wrong.
Most people who are not sofrim, including rabbis and shluchim, are ignorant about STAM halacha. But those who learn the halacha will know that most of the “possul” mezuzahs are kosher according to some opinions in Shulchan Oruch. Calling sofrim frauds is like saying OU are frauds for giving a hechsher on non cholov yisroel.

I was on Wolf's side. Until I opened a Shulchan Oruch
January 9, 2019 3:16 pm

U assumed that when Wolf said it’s possul, that he was presenting the whole picture. I assumed touching letters for eg. Are possul. But when I saw in Shulchan Oruch (32:5) that touching letters, there are 2 opinions and the stricter opinion is it’s better to fix, I was very upset. Why call the sofrim frauds when these mezuzahs are perfectly kosher according to Shulchan Oruch, albeit not the most mehudar? Why not clarify that there are different opinions in Shulchan Oruch?

#367 using word "possul" is wrong
January 9, 2019 3:00 pm

In the case of touching letters for example, using the word”possul” is wrong. The Alter Rebbe (32:5) says there are 2 opinions. One that it’s kosher as is and one that it’s better to fix.

It’s like saying pas akum is treif. Instead of the word possul please clarify that there is more than one opinion in the Shulchan Oruch.

Using the word fraud, when these are kosher according to some opinions in the Shulchan Oruch is completely wrong.

Don't silence using beis din.
January 9, 2019 1:13 pm

Bring evidence to counter. If you sell to the public you have to be ready for public scrutiny. Stop hiding behind the courts. Enough cover ups.

Wolf used the word "Posul"
January 9, 2019 8:58 am

Why did Rabbi Wolf say it’s posul. First off, these were new Mezzuzos, and were expected to be Kosher (any way you define it) Many on this subject are screaming “IT CAN BE FIXED” YES, they can be fixed, but RIGHT NOW, they were determed posul! EXAMPLE: You buy a brand new car, and it doesn’t start. You take it to the dealer, and he say “What’s your problem?” the engine is dead. Yes, we will replace the engine, the salesman says! In our case of Mezzuzos, we may never know if the (engine) is dead, only after double checking… Read more »

Go Fund me for mezuzhas that are easily fixed?
January 9, 2019 12:30 am

All these people who are trying to fundraise for Wolf show their ignorance. Even those mezuzos that were deemed “posul”, most can easily be fixed. Cracked letters or touching letters can easily be fixed in a couple of seconds. Besides the Wolfs have a business selling mezuzohs, they will have no problem fixing these mezuzos and on-selling them. Its a real shame that Wolf used the word “fraud” when anyone who learned the halachos can see that even the ones labeled “posul” are mostly bedieved or can easily be fixed. Anyone Lubavitcher who is paying $30 for a mezuzha should… Read more »

#356
January 9, 2019 12:13 am

” No one pays good money for maybe, kinda, sorta, could be kosher if… I had 5 major surgeries with no good refuah and yes had tiffilin and mezzuzah issues from the likes of these folks. ” I’m sorry, we are talking about the mivtzoim mezuzhas. $30. For 2 hours of hard difficult meticulous work. You think this is “good money”? Calling these mezuzhas as “fraud” when most are kosher b’dieved” (anyone who learns the halochos knows that touching letters for eg are kosher bedieved) or can easily be fixed (cracked letters etc) I think reactions like yours are proof… Read more »

Important topic, but totaly unfair how it was carried out
January 9, 2019 12:00 am

1) People should be aware that you get what you pay for. Of course you want a kosher Mezuzah but it wont be a high standard. 2) Wolf doesn’t clarify that many of these “possul” (if not all) can easily be fixed. 3) Uses the word “fraud”. Lumps all the sofrim in the same basket. 4) Doesn’t clarify that the Alter Rebbe says that touching letters “yesh mi shemachshir” even without fixing but “yesh lachmir” to fix it. IOW calling them “passul” and “fraud” is totally unfair. 5) Raskin Mezuzahs have the same issues, especially spacing issues – the verdict… Read more »

Anyone who looks over the mezuzah will see Raskin has same issues
January 8, 2019 11:21 pm

Although this is an important issue, the way this was done is not right. The people buying a $30 mezuzah should know that paying $30 for a mezuzah that takes 1-2 hours to write, you will not get a perfect mezuzah. The fact that Wolf does not clarify that touching letters, the Alter Rebbe writes that “yeah mi shemachshir” even without correction, and ” vyesh lehachmir” and fix. Why doesn’t he qualify that thouching letters is not possul according to all opinions. The other thing that he doesn’t clarify is that many of these mezuzah that he labels in red… Read more »

to #360
January 8, 2019 10:29 pm

why are you speaking this way? “sue your pants off”? and to call anyone “Korach,Essov…………” ?! Shame on you!
And just because some chashuve rabbanim ate at your restaurant it doesnt mean anything!
just because someone ate bugs in their salads- no matter how chashuv they are it doesnt make it right!

I sure hope that more objective checking on Kosher stores will take place.
January 8, 2019 4:09 pm

And don’t forget to post the results online, this is a #1 public interest for sure!
I’m sure everyone’s goal is to be more and more Kosher for us and others. That will bring the geula much closer.
Post your findings online!!!
Moshiach NOW!

To Fair Warning
January 8, 2019 3:08 pm

I own a cafe in Crown Heights and if you DARE put out such a video, I will sue your pants off and I will get EACH restaurant/pizza shop/bakery/sushi store to join me in a Din Torah against you. HOW DARE YOU try to take away my parnassa??? You must be related to the one eatery that has no bugs in their salad! How is it even possible that only “one” eatery has 100% no bugs on the salad? And why are you targeting Crown Heights eateries and not BP, Willie or Flatbush? You are making a chillul Hashem and… Read more »

I have a video - COMING SOON!
January 8, 2019 3:06 pm

I have a video – COMING SOON!

I went with 2 witnesses to 10 eateries in Crown Heights.

I ordered a leafy vegetable salad in each place.

I placed each salad in a zip lock bag marked by a number reserved for each eatery and took the bags home.

I invited 2 mashgichim from established kashrus organizations to inspect the salads for insects.

Video results:

9 out of the 10 eateries have salad with at least 3 insects in them!

Only ONE eatery had salad with no insects in it – Mermelstein’s!

COMING SOON TO YOUTUBE!!!

Thank you Rabbi Wolf!
January 8, 2019 2:12 pm

No good doing suppose to slide by easy and the better and more holy it is, the more התנגדות and anti’s will show up here and there. The Alte Rebbe had it, the Rebbe had it, holy individuals had it. The קטרוג in שמים will try to win holiness, but we all know that holiness will win. Thank you Rabbi Wolf for taking an objective action to bring more holiness to Jews. That’s what matters, nothing else (especially not special interest with those stores). I see it as a good thing as it means it was a good doing. I… Read more »

The Voice of Reason
January 8, 2019 12:12 pm

To the holy readers of COLlive. I have stayed silent in the hopes that reasonable solutions would overcome the hidden desire for confrontation and disorder. I repeatedly check on our holy exchange in the article concerning the shaliach of Athens and his actions regarding the El Al plane that mistakenly and viciously airlifted before Shabbos. I do this to insure that comments made are answered (haivin yavin). In this instance we have a youngerman in Chicago, decidedly accepting of the fact that he has undertaken an analysis of purported fraud in the industry we refer to as STAM. I do… Read more »

Wrong wrongg wrong.
January 8, 2019 6:22 am

They were not all basically kosher. No apology so far from any of the safrus centers or even an acknowledgment they could have done better or will do better in the future. So the only thing that matters is the $$$ so take your hard earned dollars elsewhere immediately. No one pays good money for maybe, kinda, sorta, could be kosher if… I had 5 major surgeries with no good refuah and yes had tiffilin and mezzuzah issues from the likes of these folks.

Wow so many clueless people I am shocked.
January 8, 2019 12:04 am

You can argue from today to tomorrow if the problems discovered it the mezuzahs are really problematic or just borderline kosher… the fact is that the debated ” issues” that were found apply in all the mezuzahs shown, yes all, even machon stams. Look at the slides. Of course there were some stores that had really really poor quality with deformed lettering and multiple issues per mezuzah, and this video would have been correct had it been aimed only to them. But then there are the rest of the sofrim and they are all in the same boat more or… Read more »

After looking at pictures of the mezuzos online this is my opinion
January 7, 2019 11:39 pm

I am not a rav and cannot pasken. Second some hold that touching is ok I would pasul it if it came to me and fix it but I wouldn’t say the person never had a mezuzah on his door. For klein I would say numbers 1, 6, 7 ,8 kosher 5 and 8 shaelas tinok on spacing 4 touching I think it is a fair miss. I think the psak her was a drop harsh but if you want to be machmir I can see where you are comming from. Oraita I think writing bedeeved on such a mezuzah… Read more »

Crown heights sofrim are unprofessional not evil
January 7, 2019 9:44 pm

You guys are are arguing about nothing. No one is saying that people don’t know Halacha or people are evil. The simple fact is that no one in crown heights not even the Rebbe’s sofer was a real magiha the Rebe’s sofer was very big Talmud chochom and a yire shamayim so he had siyata dishmaya no one can deny that. But younger sofrim especially those that are making business out of it. You have to understand hagaah isn’t about learning Halacha you actually have to spend a few years training. You have to really look at every single letter… Read more »

Tefillin posuled
January 7, 2019 9:25 pm

Related, I used a Crown Heights sofer a few years ago to check my tefillin. I’m not Chabad, but a friend who is his relative persuaded me to use him. Got them back and they looked different to say the least. Got them checked by the mumche I normally used. First words out of his mouth when I went to pick them up: “you got these checked in Crown Heights?”. It was a disaster – they messed up my retzuos, the parshiyos were mixed up, they made chatzitzos with glue….

To 134
January 7, 2019 8:11 pm

CHECK YOUR MEZUZOS BY ANOTHER SOFER EMEDIATELY! OR ELSE YOU WILL HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM I DID WITH MY TFILLIN! I HOPE THEY WILL DO TESHUVAH.

Price Order
January 7, 2019 8:03 pm

BTW the order of how many are passul is the same order as the prices. machon stams mezuzos are the most expensive

Shame on those that sue Rabbi Wolf, they must provide 100% Kosher (nothing less).
January 7, 2019 7:15 pm

Shame on those that sue Rabbi Wolf, they must provide 100% Kosher (nothing less). This is what they need to correct and focus, go after the sofrim, instead of going after the one who did the right thing for all of us.

Rabbi Wolf is a voice of all Jews who buy Kosher product and get a none-Kosher one. We, the Jews shoppers should sue those stores in Bais Din for selling us None-Kosher items.

I want to see which Bais Din will shoot themself in the foot by rulings against Rabbi Wolf in this Kosher matter.

Myd
January 7, 2019 5:57 pm

you are the best!!! Great work of opening ppls eyes

To #358
January 7, 2019 5:47 pm

What are you talking about?
Maybe open up a shulchan aruch before you say things that don’t make sense.

Sad
January 7, 2019 3:46 pm

It seems like the accusations that chabad men don’t know how to learn is ultimately true. Just read this comment section.
Many of the comments stated that when buying 30 dollar mezuzos one shall receive a l’chatchila kosher mezuza. That’s literally impossible.

Yeah to #343
January 7, 2019 3:42 pm

What about candle for menorah that do NOT last the zman

Myd
January 7, 2019 3:29 pm

You are the best!!! Great work of opening ppls eyes

What about hand baked matzoh ?
January 7, 2019 1:28 pm

וד”ל

to all complainers
January 7, 2019 12:49 pm

emagine you go to a rav with a shaila benageiah dinei nidda and the rav tells you everytime something is not good because hey it that color
but another rav will tell you that these are good based on this and this opinion and these opinions are 100 lchatchila even though it looks one way.
this is how this mezuzah case is. to the untrained eye these seem terrible, however, to a learned sofer (magiah) these are actually kosher just not mehudar

#336
January 7, 2019 10:08 am

please clarify this issue with keter 20 tzitzis. that all we use here.

Confusing
January 7, 2019 8:59 am

What I am still not clear about is whether these “pasulim” are actually that. Are these mamesh non-kosher mezuzahs or various degrees of non-hiddur? It makes a world of difference. If these are mezuzas that are outright passul by a vast majority of poskim then I agree with Rabbi Wolf (although I still don’t agree with the manner in which he brought it to everyone’s attention). If these mezuzas are just not hiddur or they are passul according to a few major poskim, including the Alter Rebbe, but valid according to enough major opinions then shame on R’ Wolf. We… Read more »

Chaim Silver
January 7, 2019 8:48 am

Let’s all see the pictures of the Mezzuzos.

Where is the link for the Drop Box? I have heard about it.

Chaim

Drop box
January 7, 2019 8:24 am

I got the drop box of all the pics of the mezuza
So if you argue its only gonna be 2or 3 diffewnt in final number
He so right and something has to be done about.

Skewed reporting
January 7, 2019 5:49 am

Why are the sofrim called rabbis and Rabbi Wolf is simply Wolf? Why does Collive insinuate that his video is a farce when most sofrim and rabbonim agree with him?

Bigger problem
January 7, 2019 2:33 am

A bigger problem (only because it isn’t as known) is Keter size 20 tzitzis. While most people assume they are 100% kosher but they are not (according to the alter rebbeh) because they are not 1 amoh from the bottom of the neckline

It appears that this Beis Din May be biased
January 7, 2019 12:12 am

I am יצחק הכהן בלבין and stumbled onto this issue; I am not אנ״ש

It would seem that there is an intentional slur in the letter itself, against Rabbi Wolf.

Please note that each of the shop owners/soferim are referred to with a Rabbinic title. Tellingly, Rabbi Wolf is not described as “Rabbi” in the letter.

It takes some imagination to assume that this wasn’t an intentional slight.

I would be suggesting an external hearing from a single Rav, and no Borerim (that system is broken)

Trick of the yeetzer horo
January 6, 2019 11:12 pm

This is a trick of the yetzer horo to slow down mivtzah mezuzah. It goes to show, we need to increase in mivtzah mezuzah.

Clarify?
January 6, 2019 10:47 pm

However, not all the parties listed in the Hazmanah (summons) confirmed that they’ve agreed to participate in the case. For example, Rabbi Yitzchak Mishulovin of Merkaz Stam confirmed that he never agreed to participate as a Tove’a (claimant) in the putative Din Torah of Vaad Rabbonim Haklali, despite being included in that Bais Din’s list.

Rabbi Mishulovin clarified, however, that his unwillingness to participate as a Tove’a (claimant) should not be interpreted as approval of Rabbi Wolf’s conclusions or methods.

Shocked & Saddened
January 6, 2019 9:32 pm

1- #177 is right on. When we buy the mivtzaim mezuzas to put up or sell we’re not expecting anything Mehudar but we do expect them to be l’chatchila kosher, not b’dieved or kosher with using lenient opinions. Lubavitchers should be able to go into a store in Crown Heights and buy a mezuzah already in a case with tape on the back and be confident that its a kosher mezuzah “L’chatchila” without having to bring it to another Sofer to check. Especially a Shliach who receives them all ready to go in a UPS package in yuhupitz where there’s… Read more »

So disturbing
January 6, 2019 9:18 pm

Either the accusations are true, which is horrifying.
Or the accusations are false, which is horrifying.
The overpowering waves of sinas chinam on all sides are suffocating and induce feelings of despair.
I am asking myself why I left the yeshiva world for this.
Where’s the ahavas Yisrael?
Where’s the ehrlichkeit?
You all need to learn some mussar.

I have a question.
January 6, 2019 8:38 pm

One of the comments (believe it or not I read all 322, including the ones that were duplicates) states that there is no such thing as a hechsher on stores that sell tefillin and mezuzos. I am wondering why this is the case and whether rabbinical supervision of such stores could be instituted, that would solve the problem.
???

I am troubled by the letter from the Beis Din
January 6, 2019 8:30 pm

Notice that all the Soferim are titled as הר״ר and Rabbi Wolf is titled by the more lay ר״ …
Has the Beis Din adjudicated on the source of Smicha and the title it bestows?
Unless Rabbi Wolf doesn’t have a valid Smicha, this is not a typographical error, and I have grave questions about such a Beis Din’s processes and ability to hear this case.
Note: I am not אנ״ש and stumbled onto this article.

Good good
January 6, 2019 8:29 pm

He can’t do and experiment ???????????

To #322 I worked for a sofer many years ago
January 6, 2019 7:46 pm

The Way it works When person brings a mezuzah to check, There is a fixed price per each mezuzah. The magiha Spends average time looking it over. (The normal repairs like cracks you mentioned are usually included in the price) When we are dealing with a low quality mezuzah that Not only has crack in a letter, but for example is missing many Tagim, as you can imagine this requires more time from the magiah, It is Therefore only right that the Magiha Get paid for the time he worked on the mezuzah. For your info When a mezuzah Is… Read more »

Shliach lost 90G Because of these mezuzot
January 6, 2019 7:20 pm

Rabbi Saacs a shliach in long island sold 9 mezuzuos to a baal habos. Mezuzuos that Rabbi Saacs purchased on kingston Avenue. As time went on this individual became frum, and was running for a government position in the area. The race was not going well, so he checked his mezuzos at the local sofer, only to discover that they were all posul. The baal habos let Rabbi Saacs know how deeply disappointed he was. He than went ahead and bought from the local community 9 new mezuzos. Nothing Rabbi Saacs said mattered. The baal habos felt he was mislead.… Read more »

Cholov Yisroel
January 6, 2019 7:19 pm

בס”ד יחי המלך המשיח

To 317: I have heard this story but it is FAKE NEWS. A reliable chosid told me that he personally heard from Rabbi Levy that the opposite is true

a mumche in safrus
January 6, 2019 5:42 pm

i decided after hours of research that everyone should write their own mezuzos and also be yotze vaata kisvu lochem es hashira hazos

FALSE EMAIL
January 6, 2019 5:31 pm

THE EMAIL ABOVE TO REACH RABBI WOLF IS FAKE.

why sofrim say the mezuzos they checked are pasul
January 6, 2019 4:06 pm

the answer is because they charge you to fix it or to sell you a new mezuzah. i would never pay machon stam extra for fixing probloms. he pasals the best lubavitcher sofrims parshios!!! ones that are double his age! and ones that lived over 100 years ago. this is why any normal sofer will not charge you extra to fix a crack and wont even tell you he fixed it. why should he make you feel bad unless hes trying to get more money for fixing and get you to be his costumer. if any sofer wants to fix… Read more »

To 287???????
January 6, 2019 3:42 pm

Crusader can be used as a verb as to describe Wolfs crusade.It is a stretch of the imagination to think it refers to the evil crusaders. But then again you must have a fertile imagination as evidenced by your beginning of your post

cholov stam.
January 6, 2019 3:37 pm

Rebbe encouraged it.

2 points; 1) its not only a weak heter from contemporary, but is also ok for different reasons according to pri chadash and Radvaz.
2) More importantly – those items are sold and certified as being of inferior kashrut quality – people know it is not cholov yisroel according to everyone. (not so with the mezuzuot)

Boruch S Wolf
January 6, 2019 3:21 pm

To 313:
To blame shluchim for buying at low prices is wrong.
How many shluchim struggle to stay above water? When they order 10-20 mezuzos for $35 per unit, and the very frum looking seller reassures him that his mezuzos are all 100% kosher, of course the shliach will try to save the few hundred dollars that he doesn’t even have, to stay afloat. The shliach isn’t a jack of all trades that understands every intricacy of mikvah, mezuzah, shechita, etc. it’s the people in these businesses who must be honest with those that depend on them for honesty.

The sofer
January 6, 2019 3:20 pm

לי הביא מקורב אדה”ז שרכש במיטב כספו ממשה קליין
וזה היה על הפנים ממש.
הגיע הזמן לדעת
שלא קונים לפני ששואלים עוד סופרים
לא לסמוך על מי שלא מחוייב לך ולא מוכר לך מלשון היכר

Cholov Stam
January 6, 2019 3:06 pm

The Rebbe encouraged the OK to have cholov stam so those that are not yet fully frum have this option. A very week heter by a daas yochid that was alive at the time. Here we have haterim from rishonim. How can anyone think the Rebbe wouldn’t want shluchim to have this cheaper priced mezuza? Shluchim need to decide wherher they can push a baalhabus to pay more for a mezuzah that is more widely accepted.

to 292
January 6, 2019 3:06 pm

I am saying when one goes and has them checked and the sofer says they are posul, most of the times they were kosher lechatchila and sofrim out of ignorance have an easy time just paseling. Those crying that their mezuzohs were posul , well lav davka, . much easier to say posul, and you need to be a bigger mumcheh to say kosher.

Rabbi Raskin
January 6, 2019 2:49 pm

How dare Rabbi Raskin sells higher quality Mezuzos than the rest of the Sofrim??! This stinks of conspiracy! He should not be able to get away with selling Mezuzos that are problem free!! Which Sofer gave him his Kabbalah? It should be rescinded immediately!

Ch mezuzas
January 6, 2019 2:45 pm

I live in ch and got my mezuzas checked two months ago . Most of them were posul .

where is the problem??????
January 6, 2019 2:27 pm

unfortunately, the real question should be
Why are such Mezuzos that can be upgraded to 100% level with a proper hagoha – even available?

Not why are they being sold?

the answer is very simple a large group of “shluchim” call all the retail locations on a daily basis to purchase the “CHEAPEST” Mezuza in monetary value which automatically translates in the quality of the Mezuza

Let us take a step back and think for a moment if there would be no request for it it would not exist.

RAbbI WOLF WILL GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS SOMEONE WHO SAVED LUBAVITCH!
January 6, 2019 2:26 pm

I am jealous of his zechusim.

Kol hakavod to you Rabbi Wolf!

To those machon Stam believers
January 6, 2019 2:06 pm

I would like to thank all the commentors for showing their vast knowledge of halacha. In addition, to all sofrim who commented kudos to you. However, halacha says clearly that you don’t need to go broke to hang up mezuzah’s, hashem does not want us to be broke and beg for food. These mezuzah’s are meant for people who will not purchase your alte rebbe mezuzah with an average price of above $120. These mezuzah’s are 100 percent kosher, if you don’t like it, then that is your fault for not learning the halacha well enough. Many of the newer… Read more »

.fact check
January 6, 2019 1:58 pm

In response to the video, a Hazmanah (summons) letter was sent to Rabbi Wolf of Chicago, in which seven of the eight Crown Heights Sofrim are calling Rabbi Wolf to a Din Torah claiming he has slandered them and caused them loss of money. In the Hazmanah letter, written on the stationary of “Vaad Rabbonim Haklali”, the following names are listed as claimants: Rabbi Moshe Klein, Rabbi Gad Sebag, Rabbi Eliezer Shapira, Rabbi Yosef Liran, Rabbi Yitzchak Mishulovin, Rabbi Dovid Rimler and Rabbi Mendel Vogel. *** However, not all the parties listed in the Hazmanah (summons) confirmed that they’ve agreed… Read more »

T0 298
January 6, 2019 1:58 pm

its an old story. lubavitch dosent care what vaad mishmares stam says!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Simeon Jacobosn we beg you
January 6, 2019 1:42 pm

Please put out a letter calming everyone down. We trust you! We are all so sad. We all love the holy Jews running these stores but the situation is serious. We need direction and not from anyone connected to “the system” not for it or against it.

From comment 267
January 6, 2019 1:21 pm

It does not matter what anyone just says back. I don’t just believe one persons account and one Sofers claim on this. An investigation needs to be done into this investigation.

Shliach
January 6, 2019 1:13 pm

To 239 why that shliach didn’t gave a$50 mezuzah to a balabos that can give a $90.000 donation?

It's not the stores problem
January 6, 2019 12:59 pm

These stores are buying mezuzas are buying from a main distributor.
The stores don’t bother to check it .
Now the problem is the distributor

Meat next
January 6, 2019 12:46 pm

Someone needs to uncover the non kosher meat being sold to us as well…

ALFRED E NEWMAN
January 6, 2019 12:23 pm

LISTEN UP, I HAVE A UNIVERSAL SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM!

EVERY HOUSEHOLD MOVE OUT EVERY 29 DAYS LOCK STOCK AND BARREL SO YOU WILL NEVER NEED MEZUZAHS AT ALL .

Contact him directly!
January 6, 2019 12:14 pm

If anyone has something in particular to discuss with Rabbi Wolf whether for or against or has any interest in hearing more about the story Rabbi Wolf is happy to discuss.

He can be reached via email [email protected]

Wow
January 6, 2019 12:11 pm

It’s so funny that everyone has an opinion when barely any of them know a thing or 2 about Safrus. There are many stories of Sofrim making Mezzuzos of other Sofrim Posul and it turned out that it was kosher. There are many opinions and Dinim and it’s not as simple as it seems. The whole point of the Mivtzoyim Mezuza is that it’s cheaper quality while still being better than nothing (even the stores themselves will tell you it’s better to stay away from them). The question is, are they better than nothing or not? Furthermore, the way this… Read more »

GoRefundMe
January 6, 2019 12:05 pm

We need a GoRefundMe for our mezuzahs

To 291
January 6, 2019 12:03 pm

Who are you?

I would seriously like to donate and send others to the GoFundMe but not before knowing that you’re legit. Please post your info on the GFM page.

To 288 who disparages Rabbi A Wolf
January 6, 2019 11:58 am

As I posted I recently had my mezuzas checked that were from crown Heights they were all posul this was from a vaad mishmeres Stam certified Sofer in Monsey I lived in Chicago for over thirty years before Pennsylvania now ny Rabbi Aron Wolf is a very well respected person the softie he brings in from out of town when he runs a mezuzah checking campaign have nothing I repeat nothing to gain from telling the truth about the kashrut of the mezuzah being checked when they are finished in the campaign they go back to ny and no they… Read more »

Beis Din
January 6, 2019 11:58 am

They have chosen an obscure Beis Din about whom it is impossible to find out details
In Chicago there is a Gaon called rabbi Gedaliah Schwartz whose expertise in Halocho and Dinni Torah is second to none
How about that for transparency ?

To #291
January 6, 2019 11:52 am

I’d be happy to donate, but want to verify bit will indeed reach Rabbi Wolf. Provide verification and a name, and your campaign will take off.

Yaaaaaaaaaay
January 6, 2019 11:51 am

This article has made it to the top 10 most commented of the year 5779 which will be posted right before Yom Kipper. How wonderful

Moral of the story
January 6, 2019 11:46 am

We cannot trust the Gezhe supremacists to value Halacha over kavod and money. From now on I won’t support any business operated by a Gezhe supremacist!

Col please fix the title-
January 6, 2019 11:46 am

Its very misleading and simply not correct.

Moshiach now!

to 288 you missed the whole point
January 6, 2019 11:43 am

The point isnt that the can be fixed…the point is that they were purchased brand new and know one would think a brand new mezuza isnt kosher from the get-go.
The issue isnt that they arent fixable, the issue is that they are sold being very questionably kosher!

Go fund me
January 6, 2019 11:38 am

Rabbi Miyad Wolf שליט”א has done what none of us had the guts to do.

He stood up against falsehood and lies.

He singlehandedly (along with some unnamed individuals) fought against the establishment and protected us from swindlers.

Now, as we stand on the threshold of “Phase Two” he needs us to stand behind him.

Please help support this Yungerman, who went on Mesiras Nefeshe Mamash – something not many can say about themselves today – and sacrificed his name and dignity to fight for the truth.

Let us put an end to Mezuzah Fraud – TOGETHER!

https://www.gofundme.com/support-the-truth

MRS PERL ARBOR
January 6, 2019 11:37 am

IS THIS THE CROWN HEIGHTS DOHENY AND SHEVACH MEATS MOMENT??

We're all missing the point
January 6, 2019 11:24 am

Is no one going to talk about the impeccable production quality of this video? I’ve watched through this 5 times already. Gripping drama.

hello
January 6, 2019 10:52 am

most sofrim will pasul your mezuzah and tefillin. they think this shows they are the experts. this wolf does the same thing. he or father pasuled stuff that were 100per cent kosher. otherwise i would have trusted this guy. all those that are writing that your mezuzahs were pasuled. i can assure you, the bigger experts are those that can fix them and kosher them and even find that they are kosher. it is much easier and much more ignorant to pasul.

CHUTZPAH!!!
January 6, 2019 10:40 am

בס”ד יחי המלך המשיח! I challenge COL on the use of the word “crusader.” A Rabbi takes it upon himself to investigate the כשרות of מזוזות putting himself on the line and you call him a “crusader?” Do you know who the crusaders were…the biggest mass murderer of Jews in European history before the Nazis – ימח שמם וזכרם. Is this what we do to honest, sincere Lubavitchers who expose problems in Kashrus? It’s good that they are going to Beis Din…that is the דרך ע”פ תורה. Maybe Rabbi Wolf should have taken it to Beis Din in the first… Read more »

THE REBBE ZYA IS CRYING
January 6, 2019 10:37 am

I remember when the Rebbe came out with miivtza mezuzah l was learning in Mirer yeshiva kolel. in Brooklyn. The Shturm woke up even us yeshiva people It was unbelievable the low level of Mezuzahs. That is when the world started being more careful . What would the Rebbe say today about the mezuzas being sold today in crown heights. As posted previously that I just had my mezuzas checked that came from crown heights my zivug sheini had purchased them from a well respected shaliach in Pennsylvania . When I moved recently they were checked and found to be… Read more »

Agree that this is one-sided
January 6, 2019 10:34 am

There’s nothing one-sides about him exposing something that has been brewing under the general public’s radar for the longest time. There are too many individuals that got burnt but all of whom were afraid or had no way to speak up and expose this.

What is disturbing is that COL clearly took one side in this matter by the way they wrote this story.

To 267... all-sided
January 6, 2019 10:31 am

Because most people correctly agree with this investigation. Its just revealing what we all knew until now. There is nothing “quick” here. If anything, the hastening coverups by the ‘victim’ sofrim is what we all collectively have a hard time believing. Leadeship is expected. If they will only apolgize and say they will work even harder I’ll be happy to be their customer. Giving excuses and not backing down is only hurting them in the long run. Yes some of the die hard supporters will buy more now from questionable members. But the honorable thing is to apologize now, you… Read more »

Terrible headline
January 6, 2019 10:23 am

#fakenews

Let the people decide…

Rabbi wolf is a real Nachshon!!
January 6, 2019 10:23 am

Thank you Rabbi Wolf!!! You are a real Nachson!!! We are proud of you!!! As a Shliach I experience first hand, and the results of this experiment is real !!! After I got posul mezuzot, I decided to check again by another softer each Mivtzoim Mezuzah pay another $8 from my pocket,and most of the times there was something to fix!! As a shliach if I put 100 mezuzot a year and pay another $800 from my Mosad to have the peace of mind that I’m selling or giving Kosher Mezuzot, it’s worh the extra $$ for the peace of… Read more »

" CLEAR CONSCIENCE "
January 6, 2019 10:10 am

WE ALL KNOW THE BASIC CONCEPT OF MEZUZOS AND IT’S RAISON D’ETRE WHICH IS CLEARLY STATED IN THE CHUMASH. WE ALSO KNOW THE EMPHASIS THAT THE REBBE PLACED ON THE ISSUE OF A MEZUZA ( AND TEFILLIN ) BEING 100% KOSHER, AND ANY P’GAM BEING A CAUSE OF R”L CATASTROPHIC CIRCUMSTANCES. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT ISSUES OF LIFE AND DEATH. WHEN I OPENED MY JUDAICA STORE IN 1969, I CARRIED TEFILLIN AND MEZUZOS AS DID ALL OTHER STORES OF THIS TYPE. I SOURCED THIS PRODUCT FROM WELL KNOW RELIABLE SOURCES. IN THE FIRST YEAR OF SELLING THIS PRODUCT , ONE… Read more »

dave
January 6, 2019 10:10 am

120
Rabbi Klein
Rabbi Klein is renowned for his selfless devotion in helping many people in many areas, especially in his involvement with RCCS. To acvuse such a man of these fabricated stories is an outrage!
To YDW – I hope and pray that you never need to call on Rabbi Klein to help…. what you did is very very serious!!! Rethink your actions…

This has to be the most naive comment on the thread.

Response to 266
January 6, 2019 10:04 am

Are you for real? The whole beis din goes through Shapiro. That’s the video that needs to be released. Why would you say something so ignorant. Everyone knows about “Vrl”. Please don’t bring up Halacha as Vrl has no obligation to follow it. They do as they please and unfortunately not always according to Halacha. Why don’t we get Wolf on this case and have him interview 80 people who went to the beis din. Now we are talking. It will come up very red my friend. All the Vrl rabbonim should hope this comes to light before Moshiach comes… Read more »

Chicago
January 6, 2019 9:57 am

1. Why are the sofrim referred to as Rabbi and Rabbi Yisroel Wolf is not?

2. I’m a Chicagoan, and not a lubavitcher in any way shape or form. To be perfectly honest, I’m not very close to Chabad either. I don’t know Rabbi Yisroel Wolf, but I have known his father for many years and he is an upstanding man of the highest order. He constantly goes through great effort to help the whole Chicago Community check their tefillin and mezuzos. There is no family better qualified to comment on a subject like this.

visual-torah
January 6, 2019 9:49 am

http://www.visual-torah.com/Menachem Benshimon Is simply the best.i have nothing more to add, simply the best.
This is the way I get good Kosher comedy.
Bizchus bringing Simchas to many Yidden, may he find his Bashert ASAP.

who can be trusted
January 6, 2019 9:31 am

A soifer that he’s primary interest in life is NOT MONEY, but his primary interest is Sofres, and a real yirei shomayim behanhogo yoim yoimis kipshutoi, someone who learned well the dinim of sofres – And REMEMBERS WHAT he lerned, and he constantly keeps on re learning the dinim Again And Again, and has a Real Good Tvias Ayin, and knows very good choser veyatir, and is Not C”V a bal Gaivo and a Yesh Umetzius, and is always afraid of C”V not Making A Mistake, and is really an Honest Person, such a person can be trusted.

The real problem.
January 6, 2019 9:20 am

Can you imagine if the Rabonim overseeing CH were trusted. This would be a simple matter. No one would want this to go public. 780 is shaking about this. We all should be shaking about this. If this is true and there are more stories Moshiach is not here and who is to blame. Don’t blame the Stores and don’t blame the sofrim. It all lies on the Rabonim. Do you think Wolf is happy about this. Even if you want to say that wolf planned this. He couldn’t be that stupid to think there was not going to be… Read more »

To #267
January 6, 2019 9:09 am

Your obviously oblivious to what happened. Rabbi wolf put out pics of all 80 mezuzahs, so any sofer can check for themselves. I’ve personally showed the pics to 3 chashuveh sofrim outside of ch, and they all said it’s an embarrassment to whoever wrote and sold these !

The sofer
January 6, 2019 9:06 am

His job is not to pasal it’s to fix what he can. And if he has shalos to ask a rav. שולחן ערוך יורה דעה הלכות כבוד רבו ותלמיד חכם סימן רמב סעיף יג
תלמיד שלא הגיע להוראה ומורה הרי זה שוטה רשע וגס רוח, ועליו נאמר כי רבים חללים הפילה
Big warning: in general if a sofer tells you something is pasul don’t trust him, bring it to a rav. Most sofrim don’t know anything

Att: 267
January 6, 2019 9:03 am

What’s one sided is this article, supporting the stores

The fact that the majority supports Rabbi Wolf shows you that he is only bringing to light what so many already know, having unfortunately been burnt over the years. No one is just believing and trusting. They know.

Chabad no backbone!
January 6, 2019 9:01 am

It just goes to show how weak chabad today is that there’s no rabbonim willing to take a stand about the mizuzah thing.

זה לא רק המזוזות
January 6, 2019 9:01 am

אפשר וצריך לעשות תחקיר כזה על הרבה דברים שנוגעים לחיי היום יום של כל חבדני” ק לדוגמא: האם כל הכספים והמוסדות מקבלים תרומות / תקציב מגיעים ליעדם?! האם אין קרטל על מחיר מוצרי המזון בשכונת המלך? באים יש פיקוח על הנושא של ” שחיטת לובאוויטש” שרק תלמידי תומכי תמימים יהיו שוחטים בהמשחטות תחת השגחת הבד”ץ של שכונת המלך? באים כל חומרי הקריאה והווידאו שנמכרים בשכונה עומדים תחת פיקוח של אנשי חינוך ? ויש עוד הרבה דברים לברר וודאי שאין לדעת תוצאות הבירורים מראש אך וודאי שלאחר בירור מקיף יוכל כל אחד מאנ” ש לראות לוהחליט לעצמו מה טוב לו ומה… Read more »

Stam
January 6, 2019 8:56 am

I have a mivtzoim pair of tefilin form like twenty years ago,and every few years we check it,it got passed down to me from my brothers mivtzoim route,anyways I had it for the last five years and I checked it by oraita and Mishulovin,then this year I checked it by Raskin and he showed us that in one of the parshiyos its missing a complete word,which is shocking that all the other stores that we sent to check it in the past which they are supposedly Professionals,not one of them saw that it was missing a full word (which has… Read more »

Bais Din also responsible
January 6, 2019 8:49 am

Maybe like a mashgiach in a store all beis din should acquire 5 mezzuzot from all stores every couple of years to be sure product is up to speed. This bacher did an unbiased blinded study and I will fund him any time to be a watch dog to protect Klall Yisroel.

This seems very one sided
January 6, 2019 8:39 am

Why are so many quick to believe this investigation and put their trust in one Sofer and persons claims??

to 259
January 6, 2019 8:10 am

so what? if the secretary in a beis is a uncle of a son in law that’s a nogeia bedavar? makes no sense what you are writing.

Innocent bystander
January 6, 2019 8:09 am

I don’t have to have an opinion on everything, so I wish everybody in this saga (on all sides), health, parnosso and nachas. And if any sins were committed, they’ll probably do teshuvah soon.

To those attacking Wolf
January 6, 2019 8:02 am

Those commenters and vendors attacking Rabbi Wolf and the Sofer for telling the truth – and showing it black on white:

You sound like the leftisis who when confronted with a sound conservative argument they can’t refute, scream “racist!” thinking they can just shut down the conversation that way.

Sorry, the public is not fooled.

i dont know this wolff guy
January 6, 2019 7:59 am

i had the same issue . I bought average priced mezuzos, couple years later was forced to chek them and found mostly posul, we changed the whole lot and everything since has changed to the better , health in the family , parnosa, nachas from the kids .
THANK YOU Rabbi wolff for exposing this . we thought we were just the odd case.

12 yrs ago a shaliach
January 6, 2019 7:57 am

12 yrs ago we were not religious a shaliach in the most heavily populated religious town on Long Island put up 20 Mezuzahs in our home as a mitzvah. A member of his community sponsored the Mezuzahs. They were the cheaper and ones and when we were more observant we had them checked. We were told they were never kosher. So what’s the point of Shluchim buying fake Mezuzahs ? Whether what he did is right or not this exposure has definitely impacted how I will choose my son’s tefillin. I think I can say w certainty that I understand… Read more »

Great Job this is no conspiracy
January 6, 2019 7:27 am

This is in not about chas vshalom slandering another Yid…. this is about accountability Please! No one is perfect BUT we the consumer DEMAND more accounabity from the sofer and the retailer selling us mezuzas and tefillin A disclaimer for the cheap mezuzas is not an option thats like a kosher butcher selling possibly treif meat at a lower price PLEASE…. retailers and Sofrim use this as a learning experience and move forward! *By the way MANY of us purchased these mezuzas for our homes and such because we aren’t or were not in a possible to have much money… Read more »

Thank you Rabbi Wolf!!!
January 6, 2019 7:25 am

You are a real Nachson!!! We are proud of you!!! As a Shliach I experience first hand, and the results of this experiment is real !!! After I got posul mezuzot, I decided to check again by another softer each Mivtzoim Mezuzah pay another $8 from my pocket,and most of the times there was something to fix!! As a shliach if I put 100 mezuzot a year and pay another $800 from my Mosad to have the peace of mind that I’m selling or giving Kosher Mezuzot, it’s worh the extra $$ for the peace of mind. Please post a… Read more »

Btw
January 6, 2019 7:17 am

Talking about being nogeah badovor, it’s interesting that this Rabbi Shapiro who signs on the din letter is the
Uncle of the Hasofer’s director Zalman Shapiro, Moshe Klein’s son in law…

Dovid
January 6, 2019 7:14 am

Rabbi gad sebag oraita is a special jew honest sofer I’ve been dealing with him for years and halavai all sofrim on Kingston would follow his manner

Easy answer.
January 6, 2019 6:48 am

If Wolf wanted to do the right thing he would have made the video and sent it to the stores with a warning. If you don’t change your ways this will go public. End of story. There are more videos that will be made because the bigger pieces to our dysfunction sadly lies in vrl. If a video was done abou them ….

To 225
January 6, 2019 6:43 am

No he is not. You don’t know what you are taking about.

Maybe we should be looking at credentials, not mezuzos
January 6, 2019 5:39 am

Just wondering , how many of the vendors and examiners in Crown Heights actually have certification (ksav kabollah) for checking (or even writing)? I once asked and was told that in crown heights you don’t need certification in order to be a sofer. In any community that’s the first thing you need to be taken seriously. And you need to renew it every number of years in order to continue practicing, so you don’t forget. That way there is some guarantee you know what you are doing, and the system will work. You won’t end up making basic mistakes that… Read more »

A correct response
January 6, 2019 5:22 am

A better response would probably to announce that they are rectifying the situation rather than making a mockery of themselves!

Wish I would have bought mezuzos 2 weeks ago
January 6, 2019 2:49 am

Get ready for the price of mezuzuos to spike after all of this.

CAMP GAN ISRAEL
January 6, 2019 2:47 am

REMEMBER THE SONG?
MEZUZAHS HERE, MEZUZAHS THERE, MEZUZAHS ON HOMES EVERYWHERE, שומר דלתות ישראל, CHECK THEM TWICE IN 7 YEARS!

Shocking
January 6, 2019 2:42 am

Must I have my mezuzot checked today?

ALFRED R NEWMAN
January 6, 2019 2:36 am

LISTEN UP, I HAVE A UNIVERSAL SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM!

EVERY HOUSEHOLD MOVE OUT EVERY 29 DAYS SO THEY WONT NEED MEZUZAHS AT ALL

Rosenbaum
January 6, 2019 1:59 am

Maybe someone should see if this sofer has kabalah. From who? Where did he work? Who taught him? Does he even exist???

To 239
January 6, 2019 1:55 am

Did not learn the halachos???

מבלי עולם
January 6, 2019 1:53 am

תנא: התנאים מבלי עולם.
מבלי עולם ס”ד?!
אמר רבינא:
שמורין הלכה מתוך משנתן.
תניא נמי הכי:
א”ר יהושע: וכי מבלי עולם הן?
והלא מיישבי עולם הן?
שנאמר “הליכות עולם לו”
אלא שמורין הלכה מתוך משנתן.
If people who paskin straight out of mishnah – halacha with no reasons – and called מבלי עולם. What are people called if they pskin without learning even shulchan aruch – like the video says “you be the judge” and shows no sources

to 237
January 6, 2019 1:51 am

150.000 posul mezuzos? And every time the Rebbe said to have mezuzos checked he knew the sofrim -who are out to make sure no one has a kosher mezuzah- would lie and claim they are kosher.
What do the sofrim do when by mistake there isa kosher one? Do they scratch it up?

to 225
January 6, 2019 1:46 am

the mazkir of the vrl has a nephew married to a klein.
Would that passel him as a dayan on this case?
Would it also automatically passel all other dayonim in Lubavitch?
Maybe all residents of Crown Heights?
#stoptheameratzes

To 236
January 6, 2019 1:44 am

100% right. The sad story is is that most sofrim do Know any halachos like this one – rosenbaum who checked them. All he knows is that a crack, touching, and misformed or big spacing are pusul. He doesn’t know that there are rules what is considered cracked, touching, misformed, and too big spacing.

235. Sounds like you are a Zirkind bringing irrelevant info
January 6, 2019 1:41 am

We would all wish that these cheap sub-bar poorly written mezuzas were half as “kosher bedieved” as those in the story you mentioned.

To all the people criticizing the research that was done.
January 6, 2019 1:40 am

It is an oxymoron to say that this man has a vendetta against the Sofrim that he called out as selling questionable mezuzos. Who would be paying him off? Machon Stam? Then your throwing doubt on another Sofer. The point is that he is challenging the status quo, draining the swamp. People who think that their garbage doesn’t stink. The claim that these Sofrim who have been exposed as having problems are now trying to cover their track with intimidation tactics in order to scare those off who try to question their authority. This was the work of the Neviim!… Read more »

posul rabonim
January 6, 2019 1:40 am

nice to see how everyone knows how biased rabonim are and how that will disqualify them from hearing a case. It happens to be that we have a codeof jewish law AKA shulchan aruch which in choshen mishpat discusses when a dayan can’t take a case. There is no such thing that we take it for granted that they will pasken against Torah just because they know one of the 2 sides. They are told to treat the poor and the rich the same way. Why would there be such a law if they can never have a case between… Read more »

1 Day Before
January 6, 2019 1:33 am

1 day before I watched this video, a man in Shul was complaining to me that he paid top dollar to a Shliach for his Mezuzos only to find out years later they were mostly Pasul.

To #224. The real chilul hashem!!!
January 6, 2019 1:33 am

Firstly that’s total nonsense. We have the same halochos. And if in truth we do differently that a misnagid (which honestly sounds pathetic) then how much more so do we need to sell only something that will be kosher even for “their” standards! They will eventually get checked by another sofer who isn’t chabad and then what? The SHLIACH gets destroyed and it causes a huge chilul hashem!! So this is totally irresponsible of a vendor to say that he is selling chabad standard of kashrus… whatever that means. Why can’t the vendor just say his checkers messed up? What… Read more »

Vaad mishmeres stam
January 6, 2019 1:20 am

It’s known lubavitch is totally against vaad mishmeres stam!!! Who pasal everything

150,000 posul mezuzos
January 6, 2019 1:14 am

For those who have some knowledge in the field, It’s reasonable to assume that 100 posul mezuzos on average have been sold weekly from Kingston Ave over the past 30 years.

That might amount to over 150,000 posul mezuzos.

As we all know, a posul mezuza can cause (by failing to protect from) physical ailments, damage, and tragedies.

These Kingston Ave socharim are responsible for the spiritual and physical loss resulting from the 150,000 doorposts currently without a mezuza.

Yitamu chatoim velo chotim.

This is getting more and more bizarre
January 6, 2019 1:12 am

Sofrim should be boki in every
שו”ת צ”צ, מקדש מעט, דעת קדושים, לשכת הסופר
etc. There is a process to be ordained called כתב קבלה

One test for כתיבה and another harder one for הגהה (checking).

Alter rebbes shulchan aruch you learn in 8th grade

Perhaps young wolf should have asked the sofrim to see their כתב קבלה (certification). In Israel, no normal machon will hire

To 231
January 6, 2019 1:07 am

You’re right it’s known the story of reb Chaim brisker that after giving many instructions to the sofer how to write his sons tefillin and he got them back and was not happy and said to write again. Finally he accepted the tefillin and was asked if he’s happy and answered he hopes it’s kosher bidieved

GoFundMe
January 6, 2019 1:04 am

To whoever started the GoFundMe campaign, please identify yourself on the campaign page so I can know you’re legit before I donate.

Thanks!

To 208
January 6, 2019 1:01 am

Sounds interesting. What’s the source?

Klaf
January 6, 2019 12:56 am

Did anyone wondor where the klaf comes from?

Kosher lichatchilah
January 6, 2019 12:54 am

Anyone who finds me a mezuzah that looks written according to every halacha it says it should be lichatlicha. I’ll make a shivuah with a sefer Torah that it’s printed. Because it’s not possible to find a hand written one this way. Even in the ones that cost $400. Therefore after it’s written there are Some things that should be fixed and some that are fine not fixed.

To Gad Sebag
January 6, 2019 12:53 am

Rabbi Wolf stated facts. Watch the video again. Unlike you, he didn’t make fun of your parents, your Yeshiva, your mashpia or anyone else. He didn’t call you עשו or korach. To me, he didn’t sound angry or bitter like you say. To me he sounded like a קנאי. And that’s a good thing. Meir Seewald of JCW is a קנאי. He speaks with passion and with care. Many people attacked him and threatened him. Many said he was ruining families etc. but BH he never backed down and now we all owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude for… Read more »

Amazing Rabbi Wolf!!!
January 6, 2019 12:52 am

Finally what’s been kept quiet and well known to CH locals, is being publisized. This is wonderful. It’s been known to stay away from certain business men sofrim and now it’s proven. Boruch Hashem

Hopefully the Rabonim will finally address this responsibly and fix the ongoing issue.
January 6, 2019 12:51 am

An idea:
They should send a Mashgiach (sofer) to spot check all the vendors periodically to ensure that the kashrus standards are maintained all the time. If a vendor is repeatedly dropping balls he will lose his “hechsher”

Wolf did the right thing
January 6, 2019 12:50 am

Unfortunately these STA”M dealers became cold and desesitized to doing the right thing, just as even some lubavitcher doctors become immune and desensitized to the suffering of patients because they see it all day, I know this 1st hand, we have to be a believer in hashem and his torah and not become desensitized to the importance of the trust in Hashem. I feel bad for them because they are human and sometimes forget that there is hashem and torah and become desensitized to Life weather it be thru medical treatment or mezuzos and tefilin that can all effect lives… Read more »

To 223
January 6, 2019 12:44 am

WHY GIVE WOLF MONEY???? USE THE MONEY TO CHECK AND BUY NEW MEZUZOS

Shapiro= Hasofer=vaad Hakloli
January 6, 2019 12:41 am

Isn’t Shapiro a son in law of Klein? Isnt that same vaad hakloli signing the hazmana ldin? Nogaya bdovor. Forget it! I want to see another Beis Din take this case and then maybe we can try your luck.

Shotim.
January 6, 2019 12:39 am

What would you do if some not Lubavitch rabbi comes in 770 and says the mechitza is pasul? Would you even ask the lubavitcher rabbonim? I think most will laugh at him. Even though he says that it’s not good cuz you can see through. The same thing here, some not lubavitch sofer – not even a rav – says pasul. Who’s he? ASK A MISNAGED AND DO THE OPPOSITE!

Go fund me
January 6, 2019 12:39 am

Please support this go fund me page that was created to pay back miyad wolf the $7000 he spent on buying and checking the mezuzos
https://www.gofundme.com/support-the-truth

IMPORTANT
January 6, 2019 12:35 am

To all those out there ranting and raving that “NOT ALL OF THEM ARE POSUL”….
The mere fact that even some of them are Posul is very scary and is complete robbery on behalf of the stores selling them period.

The sellers should be embarrassed and I hope that they correct their ways and start having a bit of yiras shomayim, and checking things before they sell it to vulnerable customers that dont know that what they are selling is a fake.

Mystery—why is the second sofer hiding?
January 6, 2019 12:34 am

Why is the second sofer not revealed? Not his name and not his face!! What kind of absurd comment did you make saying that HE said the same thing? Did another sofer actually see the Mezuzos or hear about them from you? Was he a fellow Jew from Williamsburg? Mamosh- false information.

To number 210
January 6, 2019 12:33 am

The alter rebbe does NOT say to ask a tinok. Yoy sound like the sofer who sees stuff that don’t exist! Learn to read Hebrew. You’re like the mishichistim who sah that the gemarah is sanhedrin says moshiach can be from the dead. They don’t know how to read hebrew

to past customers of Klein and others
January 6, 2019 12:33 am

Just BC u purchased something in the past from one of the defendants and it was ok, it does not mean that all of his other stuff are kosher. im assuming that you did not get the base model. bc wolf’s problem is with the mivzoyim mezuzos not the $60+ ones. THANK YOU WOLF FOR DOING THIS We con see that a lot of time and money went into this. Please ignore the haters and know that you did the right thing even though it may came at a price of all this hate. plz put out a statement were… Read more »

So biased
January 6, 2019 12:28 am

Did anyone hear the other side of the story ? Why is everyone taking Wolff’s side. Sounds fishy to me

Should we trust sofrim?
January 6, 2019 12:23 am

If you’re just going to trust one sofer, trust this posek who permits silk screen printing sifrai Torah https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yitzchak_Abadi

Hopefully the Rabonim will finally address this responsibly and fix the ongoing issue.
January 6, 2019 12:19 am

An idea:
They should send a Mashgiach (sofer) to spot check all the vendors periodically to ensure that the kashrus standards are maintained all the time. If a vendor is repeatedly dropping balls he will lose his “hechsher”

To number 47
January 6, 2019 12:09 am

Why are you making fun of rabbi Braun???
you will never find any rav who will support what wolf did!!!!

2019
January 6, 2019 12:04 am

תפסיקו לבלבל תמוח
זכות הציבור לדעת!!!
יראה הציבור וישפוט לבד!!!
מי שרוצה שמאמין ומי שלא רוצה שלא יאמין!!!
רק מה הפחד הוא מה עוד יכול להתפרסם שבוע הבא? מה עוד יגלו מחר? במה עוד עובדים עלינו? במה עוד לא מספרים לנו את כל האמת? והבית דין? הבית דין? כל השכונה מחאה הבחורים שנושאים בגלל הרבנים והבית דין שלנו?! אז שיעשו טובה לנו ולא יערבו עוד חילול ה’ כזה בתוך המחנה שלנו!!!

To 206
January 6, 2019 12:03 am

Why do we need sofrim if everyone can check? Sofrim are supposed to know the halachos unlike the one in the video

To 206
January 6, 2019 12:01 am

Are you a rav????

To 206
January 6, 2019 12:00 am

People could see the daled not sticking out to the right but ALL the poskim say it does not need to!
People could see cracks if they look closely. But it’s only pussul if it’s seen with no light table and to zoom and noticed right away at first glance.
Learn the tzemach tzedek yorah dea siman 205 and mishnah brurah and biur halacha siman 32 siif 25

In response to Rabbi Sebag
January 5, 2019 11:59 pm

Rabbi Sebag wrote that the concept of Shaylas Tinok doesn’t exist with spacing issues. I present the clear words of the Alter Rebbe, Orach Chayim 1, 32:46:
צָרִיךְ לִזָּהֵר לְכַתְּחִלָּה לְהָנִיחַ בֵּין תֵּבָה לְתֵבָהשעג כִּמְלֹא אוֹת קְטַנָּה שֶׁהִיא יו”ד,שעד וּבְדִיעֲבַד אֵין לִפְסֹל,שעה אֶלָּא אִם כֵּן נִרְאֵית כְּתֵבָה אַחַת לְתִינוֹק שֶׁאֵינוֹ לֹא חָכָם וְלֹא טִפֵּשׁ, כְּמוֹ שֶׁנִּתְבָּאֵר בְּיוֹרֶה דֵּעָה סִימָן רעדשעו בְּסֵפֶר תּוֹרָה.

וְכֵן לְכַתְּחִלָּה צָרִיךְ לִזָּהֵר שֶׁלֹּא יִהְיֶה בֵּין אוֹת לְאוֹת אֶלָּא כְּחוּט הַשַּׂעֲרָה,שעז וּבְדִיעֲבַד אֵין לִפְסֹל,שעח אֶלָּא אִם כֵּן נִרְאֵית הַתֵּבָה חֲלוּקָה לִשְׁתַּיִם לְתִינוֹק שֶׁאֵינוֹ לֹא חָכָם וְלֹא טִפֵּשׁ, כְּמוֹ שֶׁכָּתוּב שָׁם בְּסֵפֶר תּוֹרָה.

176 i disagree
January 5, 2019 11:59 pm

You might be correct. But I am not

THE ONLY IMPORTANT THING
January 5, 2019 11:57 pm

BH

The only question should be:

What does THE REBBE say about this Saga?

ANSWER: The Rebbe told Reb Dovid Raskin a”h (chairman of tzach and menahel of Tomchei Temimim) in yechidus that –

Tefilin and mezuzos should be bought FROM THE SOFER like it was in the past AND NOT TO BUY FROM DEALERS. PERIOD.

May we merit to moshiach now through true unity and achdus together with wholeness of Torah (no compromises on halacha) wholeness of the people and of the land.

Mekoros.
January 5, 2019 11:55 pm

I was wondering why he didn’t give sources to where it says that these issues make the mezuzos pasul. Till somone showed me what it says in shulchan aruch – that they are kosher! What was this sofer doing for the past 15 years. Please send me his shaimos, I’ll hang up the mezuzos in my house and sell the rest and make tons of money

clearly passul
January 5, 2019 11:51 pm

anyone who want culd check the mezuzos themselves on the video – they are clearly passul – u don’t have to be a sofer to realize that

Sofer g-d fearing??!!
January 5, 2019 11:49 pm

One person I’ll never buy mezuzos from is someone pasals other people’s mezuzos and spreads it all over the world. And he’s so stupid that he doesn’t look in shulchan aruch before he publicized it to make sure it’s really pasul. ALL these issues are not CLEARLY PASUL. Some you can’t judge by the pictures. All the problems of misformed letters don’t make them pasul.

go4raskin
January 5, 2019 11:49 pm

the outcome of all this is clear: the only reliable truworthy sofer in ch is rabbi raskin – thank you very much miyad wolf for publishing the truth – there is no problem of lh what so ever when we talking about the kashrus of the publics mezuzos – im shocked that anyone thaught otherwise

Love your fellow neighbor
January 5, 2019 11:47 pm

If one only cared about his fellow Jew like he cares about his mezuzahs,our community would look a whole lot holier

Color war
January 5, 2019 11:46 pm

Color war has arrived in Kan Tziva

ydw has nothing in this for himself!
January 5, 2019 11:45 pm

he put himself on the line to protect thousands of yidden from unknowingly buying problematic stam. How else will this horrible epidemic stop? there was no other choice. He decided to be the pinchos…
The vendors don’t care to keep a solid kashrus standard. In some cases it may be just batlonus – but something had to be done..
Thanks ydw.

To #194
January 5, 2019 11:41 pm

Learn how to read Hebrew. It doesn’t say to ask a tinok

The person checking was hired!
January 5, 2019 11:38 pm

When someone asks a sofer to check mezuzos, the sofer will fix the issues not tell you that it’s pasul. In the video he just tells the sofer to check them. Why didn’t he fix the issues???? Every sofer knows that to fix cracks (the way most do it with a pen) takes a split second. And also to scratch off touching lettes. He was clearly hired. That’s besides the point that he is ignorent in the halachos which will be proven by the din Torah iyh.

Sofer
January 5, 2019 11:29 pm

Why are people trusting a random sofer in Chicago??? To become a sofer all you are supposed to do is learn a very small sefer – keses hasofer 30 pages – and get tested. A sofers job is to check and fix what he thinks should be fixed. You don’t say ANYTHING is pasul till you ask a rav!!!

Now every one will be more careful!
January 5, 2019 11:29 pm

Gam ze Letova

peace and r'braun post above shameful
January 5, 2019 11:23 pm

the bd ch is a wild situation, but i resent the loshon hara on r’braun, i find him a true scholar, was the only rav available to pickup the phone while i was actually in chicago. i called my rav in canada and chicago and only rav braun picked up phone immedietly, thats a true jew to ch, hes a chasid and scholar and the chofetz chaim didn’t have smicah either. the community should rally behind r braun and osdobo should accept him imo. the machlokos in stam and bd needs stop. i know the stores in ch work together,… Read more »

@ #177
January 5, 2019 11:18 pm

I think you should be the winner of the best comment on collive.
Words of wisdom. Thanks whoever you are. For real

to 114#
January 5, 2019 11:17 pm

All good and fine, besides for this:

“I also notice new concepts in halocho such as שאלת תינוק in spacing issues…? Not mentioned in shulchon oruch.

That was an overkill, and you take away basic credibility by making such a blatant mistake.
see Seif 46, it is an open Halachah.
When you call it is anew concept not even mentioned in Shulchon Oruch, you are asking for anybody to question you completely.

Collusion with Machon STaM
January 5, 2019 11:15 pm

How could all the mezuzos from Machon STaM come out clean when sofrim commented that Raskin’s mezuzos also have similar issues?

חוצפה יסגא
January 5, 2019 11:15 pm

Wow! I’m shocked,
I don’t have words to describe the situation what is taking place.
A young little man, makes a video and the whole lubavitch is talking about him?
Imagine, If one person could do something like this and destroy people’s lives, so easily, how much more so in the opposite direction.. go get a life!! And to fix the damage you made, go make a video of you putting up mezzus and teffilin on people

YDW had a DREAM
January 5, 2019 11:09 pm

As a bochur, YDW had a dream. Was that dream to fix a problem, or was it to conduct an investigation to harm others and put himself on top?

Rabbi Braun
January 5, 2019 11:08 pm

Rabbi Braun is not an issue
No one is suggesting the Beis Din should be CH Beis Din
Rabbi Braun saw the Video and paskened it should be in public domain
He has every right to do so
All anyone is saying is the pals should not be allowed to sit on Beis Din hearing this litigation. Simple

The sophrim are powerful well connected people
Wolf is evidentially not
He is entitled to impartial hearing
He won’t get that at any other Beis Din other than one from outside the community certainly not with these powerful Toanim from within

SPECIFICS AND DETAILS
January 5, 2019 11:07 pm

#38
How can you claim slander when the errors are so carefully coded and highlighted? If it is posul it is posul and it must halachically be exposed to avoid being machshil yidden.
Better one of ours should expose it than yidden from non Lubavitch which would be a great chilul Lubavitch esp. the Rebbe’s mivtza mezuzah [and tefillin].
Kol hakovod Rabbi Wolf..

Impartial Hearing
January 5, 2019 10:59 pm

If one thought he would get an impartial hearing no one would disagree
He won’t get an impartial hearing unless the Rabbonim are neutral not pals with the Toanim and not pals with the Niton
Hence suggestion that Specialist Beis Din with specific knowledge of STAM be applied to

MME
January 5, 2019 10:57 pm

Gad Sebag In light of the latest video that was published I was asked to respond.  In my 26 years being a sofer I tried very hard to stay away from מחלוקת especially one that is not לשם שמים. However in this case… I have to respond to clarify.  I would like to mention that each mezuzah sold by Oraita is carefully checked by one of our certified magihim in our office. And while we try our very best שגיאות מי יבין And There is always room for improvement.  And to the report.  I showed to many magihim in the… Read more »

Lishma? Or personal agenda?
January 5, 2019 10:49 pm

It seems that YDW has a personal agenda. He praised his father, Aron Wolf who built up a business that he named Mivtzah Mezuzah, as the ONE who supplies kosher mezuzos. He anticipates that Anash and Shluchim will then switch over to buy from his father, and YDW and Aron Wolf can profit in a big way. What a LOWLY advertisement!!!

Off the derech
January 5, 2019 10:45 pm

To number 115. On your comments numbered 1-6 you have a valid point. I can choose to agree or disagree. However on number 7 the chilul Hashem is made by the one selling a mezuzah as “kosher” and found our later it is PASUL. The buyer is disgusted. #8 the person will not trust another frum yid or be interested in buying stam. #9 Anash are not in a panic We have our Rav to ask We don’t buy such mezuzas. I am proud to say I bought mezuzas by orayita and the mezuzas were checked in Elul. They are… Read more »

To 112
January 5, 2019 10:45 pm

If what you’re saying is true, please post details (your name or the amount he offered to pay you) so we can believe your very serious allegations.

While it’s possible for either side to pay for commenters, it’s highly unlikely that anyone would ask someone they don’t know well enough that they’d turn their back and post the request online.

#114 to rabbi sebag
January 5, 2019 10:39 pm

The last time i checked in shulchan oruch it says clearly that spacing issues DO get verified with a sheilas tinok.

Also a nifsak which isn’t nikar lehedya is posul as is but MUST be fixed. Only if it’s so not visable “neged hashemesh” (i.e. a magnifying glass is needed to see the nifsak) it is kosher as is according to many opinions (the alter rebbe and others).
Get the laws straight plz

title is "LONE CRUSADER"
January 5, 2019 10:33 pm

Does that make him a…….Lone Wolf???

BaDum, Tssss.

To all those feeling bad for the stores
January 5, 2019 10:21 pm

This is what we called misplaced Rachmonus. Thousands upon thousands of posule mezuzos have been sold by these stores – at best due to negligence, at worst knowingly, making money off unsuspecting buyers. The Rachmonus is on all those who were defrauded, thinking they had the protection and mitzvah of kosher mezuzos, and in fact had nothing.

#114
January 5, 2019 10:18 pm

I don’t know you Rabbi but you posted so beautifully. This is ugly
Please let’s reunite

Massively proud of him
January 5, 2019 10:12 pm

They got caught. The Bais din in every city should order 5 from every sofer ect..
He should repeat the study but make it double blind and have a third party mark the bags as well. You rocked those scammers.

Happened to me - buy local buy small. Altine moskowitz zirkin
January 5, 2019 10:10 pm

I purchased 3 mezuzah’s from 1 of these 8 stores. A year later I was advised to check my teffilen and mezuzah’s and those 3 were no good. I paid $53 each.

R’ Berel
January 5, 2019 10:09 pm

I don’t think he is saying that Rabbi Klein and the others are selling something which is not kosher bidieved. He is saying that these mivtzoim mezuzahs being sold are not kosher lichatchila. The fraud is that they are marketed as kosher when they are at best kosher with many heterim. What would be the reaction if the local kosher grocery’s started selling meat that was only kosher bidieved? Would we say that it’s ok because there is a shita that it’s kosher! Of course not we would be outraged! And rightfully so. When you go into a respectable frum… Read more »

Unbiased opinion
January 5, 2019 10:04 pm

In my totally unbiased opinion; everyone is wrong.

@ 112 "Wolf hired me..."
January 5, 2019 10:03 pm

@ comment 112,
Anyone can write that this side or that side hired them and hide behind the cloak of anonymity.
If it is really true, have the courage to write your name.

Rotten fish
January 5, 2019 10:01 pm

This stinks…. Something seems very off-putting aboit the way Wolf sneakily pulled this off.
Not surprised he hired commenters!!

To 112
January 5, 2019 9:56 pm

I’m not gullible enough to believe you

No he did a fair and honest evaluation
January 5, 2019 9:51 pm

The results were not liked but he did a fair evaluation. The bags were numbered so no one know what bag was from where so to say Rabbi Raskin was in on it is a lie. If I was one of those stores with the passul mezzuzot I would not be sleeping at night for the coals burn hot for this behaviour. At least Rabbi Wolf is giving you a chance for teshuvah rehsahim.

"avu zeinen ale mezuzes?!"
January 5, 2019 9:49 pm

Col should post all the footage videos! They are way too funny and on point!!!

To 89 and like minded people
January 5, 2019 9:48 pm

Many people are thinking that this is an ad for raskin. To be honest i would have thought the same, it’s just that i personally saw him koching in this a year and a half ago. I also heard from bochurim that were in Brunoy with that he was already getting involved in it then, so it’s hard to say that raskin paid him off four years ago to make an ad now (in fact, it’s preposterous).

Rabbi wolf is amazing
January 5, 2019 9:42 pm

This is so amazing, just so sad that people are so blind. If you wanna say some are kosher b’dieved , maybe. But to just pretend the whole thing is a non issue? That’s pure ignorance

EVEN IF he would be right (hard to believe)
January 5, 2019 9:41 pm

He has lost all respect for conducting this report in such a shameful and dirty way.
Someone who really cares should have the brains and heart to approach this matter a bit smarter and cleaner.

To 79
January 5, 2019 9:39 pm

True they can be fixed, on this no one is arguing (he says that in the video about most stores), he’s saying that they should have been fixed before they were sold, which is also why the assumption is that they weren’t checked in the first place.

We need our Rebbe
January 5, 2019 9:38 pm

How many times the Rebbe’s answers were “check you tefillin “ or check your mezuzahs “.
It’s our responsibility to do so

You got checkmated and are exposed. The test was properly blinded.
January 5, 2019 9:34 pm

He did a blinded study with two sofrim. The sofer did not know what he was getting and the results are open and honest. The sofrim should be embarrassed and are you are exposed.

To 107
January 5, 2019 9:33 pm

If you don’t believe public opinion matters… then why are you commenting here???

An educated public opinion matters.

There are many educated opinions here in the comments on both sides.

Fund the Wolf
January 5, 2019 9:31 pm

There should be a a GoFundMe campaign for wolf for his great work and continue to keep tabs on this great big travesty

Rabbi Wolf
January 5, 2019 9:24 pm

He grew up in a family completely engaged in mitzvah mezuzah. Since he was born, he has striven for truth but in an edgy way. This campaign of his is the same tone- edgy but true. I really dislike the work ‘fraud’ here. Who is committing the fraud- the sofrim, the retailers of the shluchim? All are participants on some level. Is it fraud or ignorance, or lack of care? I’m not sure.

The article is possul ;-)
January 5, 2019 9:22 pm

There are 7 plaintiffs in the hazmana but only 6 are listed in this article.

Is this an error or is Judaica World not part of this hazmana?

Ch resident
January 5, 2019 9:12 pm

In reply to # 21 Why is vaad harobonim Hakloli involved? This vaad is a vaad which is very very selective in the din torah they take. When you have a real need for a din torah they tell you go elsewhere. The famous din torah they took was between Rabbi Butman and Rabbi Hecht on who has the worlds tallest menorah. Rabbi Butman claimed his menorah is the tallest and Rabbi Hecht claims his menorah is the tallest. As I can tell you a very simple way to know is to buy a tape measure at Home Depot for… Read more »

They are 4th cousins
January 5, 2019 9:11 pm

They are both descendants of a famous Lubavitch martiarch that was moiser nefesh so save the lives of many yidden through her printing of passports…

Looks like they both carry that same character trait of selflessness and putting oneself aside for the sake of the klal.

Who are these Rabbonim
January 5, 2019 9:06 pm

Aren’t these the same Rabbonim that the Rebbe wrote on them: מי ברא אלה?

charidy campaign for wolf
January 5, 2019 9:06 pm

lets pay back the 7k dollars that rabbi wolf spent on this nice job of undecover those people!!!!

Don't trust anyone!
January 5, 2019 9:06 pm

What a chillul lubavitch! What a bunch of fakers these “sofrim” are. Bottom line is you can’t trust ANYONE even if he has a long white beard…

There should be no secrets in judaism
January 5, 2019 9:04 pm

More people should strive to learn hilchos safrus. Is this one right or that one? Many don’t know because they depend on other people for their expertise

Yeshiva boys should learn to check
January 5, 2019 9:02 pm

It should be mandatory so that they can know how a kosher mezuzah should be.

He's not a lone wolf (no pun intended)
January 5, 2019 8:58 pm

Rabbi Wolf, if you need the public’s financial help, please start a GoFundMe and I’ll be glad to help as I’m sure many others will.

You may get lots of anonymous support as this is a fight against “The Establishment”

Agree with 96
January 5, 2019 8:57 pm

This has lots of similarities to the pros and cons of JCW.

Like JCW, it takes one brave guy with serious guts to stand up and protect an entire community.

But once the fight has begun, lots of dirt will be thrown on him.

Believer
January 5, 2019 8:54 pm

As a former employee of one of the stores which turned out to be selling Posul Mezuzah’s I can testify that I personally took many Mezuzah’s from the store I worked in to a Sofer on the same street to be checked (both that store and the Sofer were found to be selling all non Kosher Mezuzah’s) that is when I believed the video….

topsy--turvy world
January 5, 2019 8:54 pm

The Beis Din themselves should have done this work.
It is unconsciable that they should dare call Rabbi Wolf to a Din Torah

What "KGB investigation"?
January 5, 2019 8:54 pm

How else is an investigation supposed to be conducted? This is the gold standard, a blind test, exactly as it’s supposed to be done.

Kosher
January 5, 2019 8:53 pm

I’ve bought from Klein tfilin in mezuzas all recently checked outside his store has kosher or mehadrin. Perhaps it’s a recent issue and he should fix it. I also have don’t business with oraita and meshulovin and find them honest. Perhaps just need better checking to remedy it but I’d still support everyone. A rabbinic body should get involved, namely a united bd ch. As mosai!

#100
January 5, 2019 8:51 pm

What hechsher on the stores? Judaica stores do not have any hechsher.

RABBI MOSHE KLEIN
January 5, 2019 8:50 pm

Let me tell you my personal experience.

I always purchased my Mezuzos by Rabbi Klein.

Two years after moving into my house, I hired a Sofer to come take off all my Mezuzos and Check them.

The result:

Everything was BH fine.

So you be the judge.

After seeing this I can say that I believe this is a personal attack in the manner it was posted and released. I stand by Rabbi Moshe Klein as a Sofer, Mohel and most importantly a caring individual that treats everyone with care and kindness.

Headlines matter
January 5, 2019 8:48 pm

Agree with #33 and #48.

Earlier this week COL ran an article “UK’s Foul Welcome to Rubashkin” calling out the anti-Rubashkin news coverage.

This headline is also foul one-sided.

We, the masses of Stam customers, are not the “lone” ones here. The individuals selling them are.

Retailers are responsible for their wares
January 5, 2019 8:48 pm

Unless they expressly tell the customer that they have not checked it and are reselling it exactly as they got it from the supplier, with no guarantee of anything, so the first thing the customer must do is have it checked.

And even so, if it turns out to be possul the retailer must refund the money without question, since the implied warranty of merchantability is not waived.

Old news
January 5, 2019 8:43 pm

Finally someone got up and said something WITH THE NAMES.

Be strong Rabbi Wolf. Hashem is with you!

Yes, it is OK to share the video
January 5, 2019 8:43 pm

First, no beis din has ever told you or me not to. We are not parties to this suit. Second, even Wolf can continue publishing it; this beis din has no authority to order him to do anything unless and until he signs an arbitration agreement with it.

To 88
January 5, 2019 8:42 pm

There’s serious “connected” on the other side too.

And BTW
January 5, 2019 8:31 pm

Alter Rebbes ksav starts at $80 and goes pretty high. So for you who say we should only be purchasing alter Rebbes ksav is v insensitive bec we can’t afford it!!! Most of us can’t afford that price!!!!

GATHER TOGETHER
January 5, 2019 8:30 pm

ALOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN HURT BY THESE MONSTERS!!

Everyone with a story on this should publicize it and send it to Rabbi Wolf and to Beis Din Crown Heights. These guys have cost our shluchim $100,000s.

MY RELATIVE among many others GOT ALL MEZUZOS AND TEFILLIN from his local shliach who got it from one of these stores, WHEN HE HEARD HE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER…..

AFTER HE DIED, some of his mezuzos and tefillin were NOT KOSHER……….

SHAME ON THESE STORES

To number 29 and 31
January 5, 2019 8:30 pm

making fun of something so serious is belittling the issue and in very poor taste.
and why is he picking on only crown heights stores and sofrim? mainly because shluchim from around the world come here for mezuzohs and not to other stores as in boro park, Flatbush, or Williamsburg.
In addition, I was once told by a real chasid because you’re a Lubavitcher you have to be better.Certainly not inferior.

"Wolf wouldn’t disclose which Sofer he used to conduct the check "
January 5, 2019 8:28 pm

What are you talking about? On the video the sofer clearly identifies himself as Binyomin Rosenbaum, with 15 years’ experience in safrus.

been goin on since I was a kid 1980
January 5, 2019 8:26 pm

השחד יעור עיני חכמים ויסלף דברי צדיקם

Talk about things you know!!!
January 5, 2019 8:25 pm

I am a Sofer/Magiha with many many years of shimush. To all the panicking people I want to say: RELAX! This heinous act which is no better than a vicious act of terror is misleading and inaccurate!! These mezuzot are not possul. I dont want to say kosher without seeing the mezouza, but the issues raised are not issues that render it possul. U find it appalling that anyone feels they can comment on this while most people dont have the training and the authority. If anyone has any concern, go to your store and speak to the sofer and… Read more »

I have been a customer of Rabbi Klein
January 5, 2019 8:25 pm

And respect him greatly and trust him implicitly!!!!

If the mezuzos are treif i do not know
January 5, 2019 8:24 pm

But motzie Shem Rah is surely treif!!!!!!
I’m saddened over this post.

Question Mr Wolff
January 5, 2019 8:22 pm

Why did you only survey sofrim in CH what about other neighborhoods? Like Chicago for instance….. where you live?

approved by r Braun?
January 5, 2019 8:20 pm

If the video is approved by r braun he is definitely in the wrong. Braun is not a Rav He is Mesurav L’din for starters He is the biggest Baal Lashon Harah spreader of hate& problem causer in CH. if you are ever in 770 walk towards the back & on the wall on the right side you will see the Lashon Harah Rechilus board that he uses. He has refused to allow the Vaad Hakahal to hold elections in over 5 years One of these days someone is going to challenge the by laws & take them to court… Read more »

It may be a problem
January 5, 2019 8:20 pm

But Mr Wolff is arrogant and shameful. There are ways to do things without calling out names publicly. We are all concerned to have kosher mezuzos.

Article col is shameful
January 5, 2019 8:18 pm

Publicly shaming and calling people out with a deceitful video is not ok according to Torah.
Could have simply respectfully said please I urge people and Shluchim who purchase cheap mezuzos please recheck them before hanging or handing over to your people.

Another victim
January 5, 2019 8:13 pm

several weeks ago I brought in a mezuzah to be checked to one of the above mentioned people. This was a mezuzah I had bought for a not yet frum individual. after the mezuzah was checked I was told it had tagim missing on the lamed. when I asked by which word I was told there were too many missing from too many lameds for him to enumerate. I forgot to mention to him then that I had actually bought the mezuzah from him as well. a number of years ago, we had a sofer write up the parshios for… Read more »

To #47
January 5, 2019 8:12 pm

If there was any kind of excuse for an impartial hearing at vaad rabonai lubavitch you just gave it.

Stories
January 5, 2019 8:09 pm

Please everybody stop with your stories.
Every place can tell you many stories and problems they discovered. But no one publiciszes these for obvious reasons. Only this rosho and his friend who comment here tell us something new about everyone being careless. Shame! Shame! Shame! Stop the madness.

Resident of crown heights
January 5, 2019 8:05 pm

This rabbi raskin is not related to this wolf he’s related to Wolf’s cousin the one who runs the school

Machin Stam Paul Mezuzos
January 5, 2019 8:04 pm

I’m a shliach in South America and I bought a pack of Mezuzahs from Machon Stam to give out to my community members. A few of my baalei batim had them checked locally and they were found to be pasul. I took them back to Raskin and he said that they are 100% kosher. He is familiar with my story.

There are always sofrim who will pasul what others said are kosher.

To #12
January 5, 2019 8:03 pm

Menachem Benchemon (of Visual-torah. Com) is the answer to all our questions. Footagers™ is the answer to all our questions.
All we have to do is Leig Arain Ale Mezuzos Leig Dem Arain, and all our problems will be solved.
Best assistant to the teacher in 3rd grade OT!!!
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Questionable conduct
January 5, 2019 8:01 pm

For starters I had an issue with one store I bough tefillin from them & the Parshayios were pasul when first checked this was many years ago I gave in Mezuzos to be checked only received a paper with the status no info Iknow since then this tore has made changes Many of their Mezuzos are under av landau’s Hecsherin any case since then I only use one Particular Sofer he is among those taught & approved bY Rabbi Zirkind Zatza”l Everyone knows Rav Zirkind was a straight shooter never misled anyone his students which include his sons in law… Read more »

Way back when
January 5, 2019 8:00 pm

This while ordeal eminds me of the Mendy & The Golem from the ’80s with that dude handing out fake Mezuzos…

Rabbi Klein
January 5, 2019 7:59 pm

Rabbi Klein is renowned for his selfless devotion in helping many people in many areas, especially in his involvement with RCCS. To acvuse such a man of these fabricated stories is an outrage!
To YDW – I hope and pray that you never need to call on Rabbi Klein to help…. what you did is very very serious!!! Rethink your actions…

Shliach