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    Lone Crusader Riles Sofer Stams

    A Chicago resident claiming to expose a fraud committed by scribes and merchants of Mezuzos is now being challenged. Full Story, Video

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    Everyone who is 'in the business' knows about this issue
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    Everyone who is 'in the business' knows about this issue

    I think he is just trying to bring this out to the public because he tried speaking to the store’s and they all scoffed at him. These days in 2019 everything is public, it’s a big deal that they are selling such bad quality questionable mezuzahs as being kosher if they are not. The stores are only part of the problem, the sofrim who would write these are also to blame, Because they are producing bad products. It’s a big chillul lubavitch when shluchim give out these mezuzahs only to have them checked later to be found to be pasull.… Read more »

    A detail in the article needs correction
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    A detail in the article needs correction

    Perhaps it’s been a mistake, but in the video it is very clear as to whom the sofer was. He is interviewed in the video with his name and face. If I would have to guess, the reason he chose this sofer is primarily due to the fact that not many sofrim would show themselves on camera regarding this case

    this issue has been goin on since I was a kid
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    this issue has been goin on since I was a kid

    As a child 30 years ago, this was a known issue, we as a community never had anyone willing to go the extra mile and put himself out for what he believes in

    he had much quiet backing from many community rabonim
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    he had much quiet backing from many community rabonim

    Rabbi Wolf did this after much discussion with many robonim on ‘both sides’ all of whom were extremely happy that someone is taking initiative in what they know already, yet failed many times to stop

    a man of courage!
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    a man of courage!

    Everyone can learn from such an individual. He stands up for what he believes and knows is right. Something had to be done. If no one else, he took the initiative.

    the rebbes man
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    the rebbes man

    The way this was presented is arguable but one thing is certain. This is the kind of chassidim the rebbe wanted! Someone who goes out (like korach) and does all that’s nessesry to change a real problem. Kol hakavod

    in response to one of the vn's going around from a particular sofer...
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    in response to one of the vn's going around from a particular sofer...

    Just because these Jews are “eating boxed matzah, and shaving with razers… ” DOES THAT MEAN WE SHOULD HELP AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO KEEP DOING WRONG? The rebbes approach was ‘to bring them to torah- not Torah to them . This is clearly degrating Torah to their level

    a Chicago resident
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    a Chicago resident

    Rabbi wolf senior (his father, whom he works with) has a phenomenal and extremely successful organization in Chicago (Chicago Mitzvah Campaign) and of the many incredible p’ulos that they’re involved with and are highly respected for, they check hundreds of mezuzios a month (the bring in a sofer cz he as mentioned isnt one). Of those, many are not Frum, nor chabad. And the wolf’s have seen for many years on end customers being extremely turned off from chabad when being told either their mezuzahs arent kosher or definitely not even close to mehudar. They say they bought in ch… Read more »

    a classmate
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    a classmate

    Good for you rabbi wolf! As always standing up for what you believe. I remember when we were in Brunoy yeshiva, svert time we’d go to NY rabbi wolf wild make an effort to meet with various of these sofrim to discuss this matter (he was always into mivtzah mezuzah and realized how God an issue it was.

    it's people like him that get things done in the world
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    it's people like him that get things done in the world

    Making a splash is the only way to get these things dome unfortunately

    any gd fearing jew knows this ...
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    any gd fearing jew knows this ...

    Any shliach thats a Frum yirei shamayim doesnt get from these retailers. They pay a bit more and get proper mezuzahs for there balei batim

    there is one person in crown heights making videos
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    there is one person in crown heights making videos

    A young man, is going around making a mockery out of this serious issue. Shame on you

    big misconception
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    big misconception

    He never said not to get merchandise from these retailers neither did he say they are purposely chas vsholom misleading people.he simply said they are being sold bad merchandise and are selling what they recieved. Nor did he jump to any conclusions, rather he presented the facts and everyone can decide for themselves

    The stuff being sold is terrible!
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    The stuff being sold is terrible!

    At the 2013 Kinnus Hashluchim, one of the rabbis at Mayanot put out a letter entitled “Bakosha Nafshis”, because he was encouraging the students to check their tefillin and the sofrim in Israel kept finding problems including many that were outright possul. The students were dismayed. The tefillin were coming from their Shluchim in the US who were in turn purchasing from the big dealers on Kingston.

    In Israel they had no idea where the tefillin are sourced from…and so I doubt there would be any hidden agenda..

    I am a sofer
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    I am a sofer

    i am a chabad sofer from outside of crown heights.. I often get these exact mezuzos brought to me for checking from the shops in CH. I can tell which ones are from where… Some suppliers are better and some are terrible, i get entire homes to check sometimes which every mezuzah willl have some type of posul. sometimes it is obvious the mezuzah was not even checked and sometimes the writing is so bad no matter how well you check it it is not shayech to use. We sofrim all know which suppliers are reliable and which are not.… Read more »

    Rabbi AST
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    Rabbi AST

    My thoughts on the claim of Rabbi Zirkind who said that the Kosher status of the mezuzahs which Rabbi wolf had deemed Pasul, those mezuzahs were indeed Pasul and invalid for use _*According to The Alter Rebbe*_.But in his opinion, they are Kosher according to other Poskim who do not have the same view as The Alter Rebbe. In My own opinion, making that statement, that since they are Kosher according to other Rabbonim, they shouldn’t be called Pasul which would be a false statement, saying something like that would Negate what Rabbi Heller had said so strongly regarding an… Read more »

    What is this person's agenda?
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    What is this person's agenda?

    This is a super professional video which must have cost a lot to produce. Obviously, this isn’t a “PSA”. I think his “witnesses” should be ashamed to have been involved. This past week, coincidentally (even though there’s no such thing as coincidences!) we had all our mezuzos checked here in Israel, We got them all from Rabbi Moshe Klein years ago & EVERY SINGLE ONE WAS KOSHER! Furthermore, we trust Rabbi Klein as our “family Mohel”: he did the bris for our new grandson this week! I am disgusted at this scurrilous and hateful attack – especially considering the sneaky… Read more »

    Lulavim and Esrogim
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    Lulavim and Esrogim

    Another investigation must be made before Succos over Lulavim and Esrogim!

    Many Lulavim that are being sold in Judaica stores and in the streets – are NOT kosher according to Halacha!

    Don’t rely on a so called “Hechsher”

    It’s about time for Rabbanim to address these issues.

    Nothing New
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    Nothing New

    It’s already known that Judaica stores are selling pasul mezuzahs.

    Nobody wanted to speak up about it.

    The Judaica stores are waisting there time over Beis Din, as this is not a loss of money – It’s the public being fooled!!!

    Open up Shulchan Aruch
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    Open up Shulchan Aruch

    Judaica stores have no chance taking him to Bais Din.
    It says very clear in Shulchan Aruch o”ch Simsn 32 Seig 18
    “If two letters touching are Possul until separated”

    Kudos to Mr Wolf
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    Kudos to Mr Wolf

    Why is Vaad Harabanim Hakloly getting involved? Shouldn’t they be referring the case to a different Beis Din? This smells from impartiality… כי השחד יעור עיני חכמים ויסלף דברי צדיקם

    Good to know
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    Good to know

    I think that it was the right think to do ! It’s unbelievable to see that! How many Jews around the world have not kosher mezuzos ?! It’s a shame for those who sell that ! I hope now that everyone will learn from this video ! 1 be careful before selling anything if you are not sure if it’s kosher or not ! 2 every shliach should check out this mezuzos 3 buy only when you know the sofer and his iras shamaim even if the price is more expensive! 4 don’t forget what the rebbe wants from us… Read more »

    rabbi wolf
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    rabbi wolf

    I don’t know if this is allowed in beis din, but a family member of mine was sold a completely pasul megillah by one of these retailers and paid top dollar to boot, is such testimony allowed in a beis din

    he needs to ask a rov
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    he needs to ask a rov

    about if this is loshon hara or motzi shem ra

    Yiddiskeit
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    Yiddiskeit

    If there is genuine and honest concern about the survey this would have been brought in front of the specific Beis Din set up in eretz yisroel for the purpose of adjudicating matters appertaining to STAM
    Is has not ; if it not a whitewash if it not the “many against the few”
    It is not the right forum to hear this important Din Torah and it is we the consumer who will ultimately lose out

    Kosher is a baseline...
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    Kosher is a baseline...

    People keep telling me, “You get what you pay for,” but for a person who pays around $40 for a mezuzah, it should be, at a minimum, kosher! At least now, shluchim will take mezuzos to be checked before affixing them on the doors of their baal habatim and m’kuravim! Hiding behind a Din Torah to keep selling treif materials? For shame.

    agree with #12
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    agree with #12

    he is making a chillul lubavitsh

    somebody shuld shut him up asap

    To every one ☝
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    To every one ☝

    All he was saying was to be careful about MIVTZOIM mezuzahs and you guys are all going crazy face the fact that it’s פסול take a chill

    3 questions
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    3 questions

    1. This was a very expensive investigation. I heard $7000. Who paid for it? Follow the money.
    2. Is raskin (who miraculously had no questionable mezuzos) related to wolf? I heard he is.
    3. Why not do the same investigation including Sofer stams from other neighborhoods/communities as well? Why besmirch Chabad in such a manner?

    Thank you miyad wolf
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    Thank you miyad wolf

    As a community member of crown heights I really appreciate your work, and courage.
    God bless you

    Funny videos
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    Funny videos

    I actually really appreciate what he is doing making other yidden Happy and getting a good laugh
    https://chat.whatsapp.com/FGqjtFREmYPGQxfp1y0WKa

    to #16
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    to #16

    im sorry but you cant compare to the eiruv at all first of all because the issue about an eiruv in ch is not just according to the alter rebbe but the issue is because ch is a reshus harabim which means that u cant make an eiruv there period according to everyone.
    and second rabbi zirkind said that even according to the alter rebbe it doesent make it possul just that lechatchila you shouldnt do it like that.

    A friend
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    A friend

    Rabbi Wolf definitely has a agenda. mivza mezuzah a agenda the Rebbe very much encouraged
    The headline is disgusting and shameful one-sided I know personally how rabbi wolf spoke to these sofrim years ago when he was a bochur in Yeshiva having to replace mezuzos for his whole mivtzoim route after having them checked by a sofer and they sent him flying

    To No. 29:
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    To No. 29:

    1. Rabbi Wolf himself said it was $7000, and says he paid it himself. Are you trying to insinuate that Raskin paid for it?
    2. Yes, Raskin is a cousin of Wolf. So what? Everyone who’s been in Lubavitch long enough is related, cousins don’t mean much. You say Raskin “miraculously” had no Psulim? Does Rubashkin “miraculously” only sell Kosher meat??? Not selling Psulim should be standard, not a miracle.
    3. His focus was on Mivtzoim Mezuzos. There is no market for such Mezuzos in other communities, because they unfortunately don’t do Mivtzoim.

    Nevell
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    Nevell

    The question really is why didn’t he take the retailers to bais din before coming out with the video if it is actually a issue and has been going on for years you should go to a Rav before taking action in own hands.

    I have much respect for Rabbi Wolf!
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    I have much respect for Rabbi Wolf!

    It takes a certain amount of courage to take on such a project and I appluad him!

    To #29
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    To #29

    I have same questions exactly. But it could be that R Raskin produces jalachic at least basic mezuzos

    Proven to be lies.
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    Proven to be lies.

    There are many halachic mistakes with this “investigation” and this has never been verified with any statement from Rabbonim or experts who are not nogeia bedovor such as Wolf. The way he is wrongly accusing sofrim is terrible.
    Something that is hurting the parnasa of many yarei shamayim should be looked into before publicizing.

    A q&a from a sofer going around before the whole video came out
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    A q&a from a sofer going around before the whole video came out

    Mivtzoim Mezuzos * Q&a Q: Is there a problem with Mivtzoim Mezuzos today? A: As a Sofer selling these Mezuzos for the past twenty-three years, and always checking them first, I’m sorry to say that, yes, there is a big problem. Many of them are either questionable or just plain Pasul (—not Kosher). Q: Can you explain? A: Most Mivtzoim Mezuzos today are being written hastily with the Sofer relying on the Magihah (checker) to finish the job for him. The problem is, a Hagahah (checking) is not meant to finish up the Mezuzah, i.e. correct multiple cracks in the… Read more »

    Reply to nu 7
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    Reply to nu 7

    U misunderstood the vn, I think he’s saying if they rely on other rabanim for eiruv etc why do they need a mezuza that’s mehudar and only kosher aĺ pi alter rebbe, perhaps a mezuza kosher aĺ pi other rabanim , snd he brings sources,is better then none at all
    I understand to make a mezuza posul is a very big responsibility

    To 27
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    To 27

    The only one making a chilul Lubavitch is the sofrim selling these mezuzos which end up many times getting checked by sofrim which are not Lubavitch
    If a Lubavitcher was selling non Kosher meat would you not tell people to stop eating it because of a chilul Lubavitch

    Very misleading title
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    Very misleading title

    Most people applaud Rabbi Wolf and its an issue that no one had the courage to step up too.
    No lone crusador over here…

    The problem in the CH Stam industry is old news
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    The problem in the CH Stam industry is old news

    Finally maybe something good will happen as a result of this.
    Wolf did a wild move, but VERY much needed and WAY overdue!! (This investigation should have been done 30 years ago)
    Anyway, wolf is standing up for what’s right and hashem will help him.

    This is going to get much much worse....
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    This is going to get much much worse....

    I dont understand why this is should be debated here. Its simple… One of the larger vendors in question released a long voice note to the public, which he said all of his mezuzos are 100 % KOSHER LECHATCHILLA?!?! Meanwhile, the 10 mezuzos he sold (which he does not deny are his) are sitting online (released by wolf) for the whole world to see!! Rabboisai, its very simple to find out if this is a sham or the truth…ask your local sofer or rabbi to look at the images and what their opinions are…. Better yet, someone should go around… Read more »

    Great job miyad
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    Great job miyad

    Take lots of guts to do what everyone else is afraid to do!

    To nu 16
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    To nu 16

    U can’t expect traditional people to need alter rebbes mezuza, yes chabad can’t dilute for yourself, for ourselves, but can u force tnt standard on eo? Of course not to sell pic up mezuza, we talking about mezuzos which are kosher acc to other rabanim, but yes, won t hurt to upgrade the mivtsoim mezuza but the manner thus was done, hmm, not right

    Rabbi Braun
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    Rabbi Braun

    Rabbi Braun is on wolf’s side! I heard he even approved the video before it went out!

    Nasty headline
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    Nasty headline

    The same reason that you waited to post this article

    Mendy
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    Mendy

    The Moral of the story is simple before purchasing your Mezuzah from any of those venders take the Mezuzah to a magiah to get them checked and only then pay for them.
    If the Vendor refuses for you to take them to be checked before paying from them then don’t buy from that vendor.

    Rabbi Wolf is Correct
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    Rabbi Wolf is Correct

    I recently moved and needed more Mezuzahs
    I never checked my former residence as I lived there
    a short time relatively.
    The Mezuzahs were purchased from a local Chabad shaliachin Pa. The Sofer in Monsey a well respected and certified from vaad mishmeres Stam checked them. All were posul and needed fixing .three were beyond repair
    I am signing this post so anyone who wants to contact me can
    [email protected]
    I

    $$$$$$$$$
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    $$$$$$$$$

    Reminds me of the meat story in Monsey years ago. Money is not everything it’s only 99.9% of everything. Money is one of the worst addiction s out there….

    Many shluchim have already gotten burned from CH stam shops
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    Many shluchim have already gotten burned from CH stam shops

    And many have done their own investigations and have come to similar conclusions. The truth always prevail’s. Sometimes it takes too long though…

    need sofer Rav
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    need sofer Rav

    1.There needs to be Rabbanim in charge of checking places that sell mezuzos so if this is true, that it does not continue.
    2. There needs to be more qualified sofrim
    3. Bochurim going on mitzvoim need to learn the basics of checking mezuzos and/or have a computer program that will scan mezuzos.
    It is up to a beis din to determine if this was motzei shem ra which may be a separate question than whether the mezuzos are kosher.

    Outreach mezuzos
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    Outreach mezuzos

    He only said this about outreach mezuzahs which machon Stam does not sell. Get 10 mezuzahs that are not outreach

    Integrity
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    Integrity

    One says all his mezuzah’s are always kosher lechatchila
    He’s obviously not an honest man. He shouldn’t be in this industry where so much integrity is demanded. People’s lives are at stake!

    Kol hackavod
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    Kol hackavod

    Now these stores are gonna make sure to check and be more careful . This was something that had to be done and it’s good that he did this kol hacavod

    @47
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    @47

    Fake news

    Bottom line
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    Bottom line

    Just because someone has a beard and looks all holy doesn’t mean jack. Time for people to start being honest and having integrity. No wonder so many kids are leaving the path of their parents. This is what it’s all about – lies and falsehood. And then they want to take the one person who stood up for what’s right to Bais din?!

    To #53
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    To #53

    What are you talking about? They got 10 $42 mezuzas from Machon stam which is their entry kosher mezuzah
    It seems that machon Stam made sure to set their standard based on kashrus, not just to make anther sale.

    Proud machon stam customer

    Agree with 31!!!
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    Agree with 31!!!

    Shame on you number 12! He’s making yidden happy and why does everyone have to be so serious all the time…let ppl laugh:)

    Love the videos
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    Love the videos

    Keep them coming!

    FOTTAGERS FOOTAGING FOOTAGE
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    FOTTAGERS FOOTAGING FOOTAGE

    IS THE BEST CHAT AND ENTERTAINMENT IN LUBAVITCH SO #16……

    go benchimon!
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    go benchimon!

    in time of such darkness he is the only one bringing light out of it!

    Great job Rabbi Mendy Benshemon from visual Torah
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    Great job Rabbi Mendy Benshemon from visual Torah

    Keep up the good work.

    I wouldn't call him a rabbi
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    I wouldn't call him a rabbi

    Just because he has a grudge against rabbi Kline doesn’t mean he has the right to make a video (against him) deal with your personal grudges in a different way

    Everyone Chill Out
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    Everyone Chill Out

    It’s very simple: He had good intentions, it’s just that he has to learn his place…he’s an inexperienced Yungerman who is challenging and slandering respected members of our community!

    B"H
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    B"H

    Unfortunately this had to happen. Too many stories.

    yiddy
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    yiddy

    The truth behind the mezuzah fraud can be found here https://goo.gl/yTbQhF

    Political fight
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    Political fight

    Why did wolf really do this?
    Maybe he doesn’t like the left, and he wants to take them down..?

    Comedic genius
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    Comedic genius

    There are videos being produced on this and on Chabad Lubavitch in general that are providing comedic relief during this very trying time…

    Chosid
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    Chosid

    Menachem benchemon is a great man huge chosid

    This is not news
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    This is not news

    Rabbi Raskin has been saying this for years. He did a lengthy article in the Nshei Chabad Newsletter. Did no one else read it? He didn’t call anyone out by name, but did explain the myriad errors that are commonly found in mezuzas sold as “kosher.” This is his passion and expertise. I don’t know whether this was done correctly, in terms of calling people out publicly, but I have to say I always thought Rabbi Raskin was extreme because he told me my mezuzas were posul and then I took them to Hasofer who told me they were all… Read more »

    Is it okay to share the video?
    Guest
    Is it okay to share the video?

    Why are we sharing the video and discussing its claims if the Beis Din said not to share?

    Shliach who got burned
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    Shliach who got burned

    We are shluchim in Russia and ordered Tefillin and mezuzos to give out or sell to our community members. As you can imagine, they can’t afford to pay much and often we are the ones cajoling people to please please put up a mezuzah or put on Tefillin daily. Make the price too high and they are not interested. And so we got mivtzoim Tefillin from one of the vendors investigated by Wolf. In Elul, one guy checked his Tefillin. They were posul. This encouraged another fellow who got Tefillin from the same batch to check his. Posul as well.… Read more »

    Re. Bottom Line
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    Re. Bottom Line

    That is the biggest chilul Hashem
    Causes people to doubt Yiddishkeit
    Causes weaker individuals to reject mesoirah
    All for a buck

    Then they rope pals into issuing an Hazmana to silence
    How does this reflect when we consumers read that ?

    Izzy
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    Izzy

    Menachem Benshimon CEO of Footagers is probably the most powerful news outlet in Chabad today. The masses love his content, and his humor is the best thing since sliced bread.

    Footeger
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    Footeger

    I love footeger. Waiting for the next clip…
    #visiul-torah.com

    @60
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    @60

    Totally agree! Everyone could chill out and stop taking everything so seriously!! Keep calm and laugh on 😂😂😂

    Not all touching letters are Posul!
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    Not all touching letters are Posul!

    This is from the Alter Rebbe’s Shulchan Aruch AC 32:5: (translation from Chabad.org) Our Sages interpret the word וכתבתם — “And you shall write them” — [as a directive to write with] כתב תם, “an unblemished and complete script.” This means that no letter should touch another; rather, each letter should be surrounded by [blank] parchment on all sides,33 and it should have the crownlets required by the halachah as detailed in sec. 36[:5]. If the extremity of a large letter touched [a neighboring letter] in such a manner that if the point of contact were scraped away the shape… Read more »

    Footagers ch 2
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    Footagers ch 2

    Let me tell you something Menachem benchemon is a huge
    Chosid and his videos are making Lubavitch amazing
    Menachem is a groise chosid
    Amen amen amen

    Footegers TM
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    Footegers TM

    I fully support this amazing group FootegersTM

    Videos
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    Videos

    The only thing good about this, are the young Bochurs videos. He makes people happy and in his way appropriately frames the issue for exactly what it is. Leitzunus.

    What a cutie pie
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    What a cutie pie

    Menachem Benshimon loves making people walking up the stairs as well as making them laugh with his Y. Shemtov imitation! If u would like all his nutty videos make sure to join his chat. May his bashert be found

    To the one making the videos
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    To the one making the videos

    Keep up the good work whatever makes people aware of this very serious issue is doing holy work and when its done with humor its the modern day Shmuel Munkis

    YMR
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    YMR

    To #12
    The only person making a Chilul Lubavitch is you and you’re complaining ilk. That young man running around producing those parody clips is bringing joy and laughter to Yiddishe Kinder in this Bittere Golus of ours. He’s hilarious, mega talented, fearless and above all has a golden heart. I’d love to see Mr. Foottager become mayor of the Schunah because he will put a stop to all of this corruption, Pritzus and hypocrisy. Moshiach now Mamish!!!

    Thank you Rabbi Wolf!
    Guest
    Thank you Rabbi Wolf!

    Thank you for being m’zake the rabbim! Don’t let the pressure get to you, you are doing a tremendous thing!

    Menachem Benshimon CEO of Footagers
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    Menachem Benshimon CEO of Footagers

    Brightens our days and keeps us sane through the craziness of galus. His critical investigations bring light and insight and he is hilarious!

    Disgusting headline
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    Disgusting headline

    Wolf deserves tremendous credit for the courage to come out publicly about something so terrible! This has been spoken about and known to many for years but no one did anything while thousands of people had questionable Mezuzos and tefillin! I myself had two terrible experiences with one of the sofrim (who left a long voice note) with a Seder Torah and mezuzos I bought and paid lots for! I have a friend who had two people from his community stop speaking to him and call him a thief because he sold them tefillin and mezuzos from this same Sofer… Read more »

    Im wondering..
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    Im wondering..

    If raskin is connected ?

    Footegers have made it clear.
    Guest
    Footegers have made it clear.

    The champion Footegers are serious people with a real commitment to truth and objectivity.

    The Footaging community rejects the ideas that Mr Wolf is trying to impose on us.

    We will not fall for this trap.

    G-D bless

    Avremel Benchimon
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    Avremel Benchimon

    It would be nice if collive published the IP address of each comment so we can see how many comments are written by those involved…

    I think Rabbi Rabin’s letter is most on point. The gist: A bad mezuzah is an issue in a mitzvah aseh, but motzei Shem rah and destroying someones Parnasah without giving them a chance to explain is a issur deoraisa

    Entrust responsibility in checking to experts - not bochurim with 5 minutes.
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    Entrust responsibility in checking to experts - not bochurim with 5 minutes.

    A bochur who has basic knowledge cannot be entrusted with the vital, life-dependant job of checking mezuzot. They should be kosher at the source, not the end user.

    I’m a scribe who writes high-end A”R mezuzot. I pay full price to check each one before it goes out. I also offer checking services as a profession. But my own are checked by a different sofer.

    Previous Client
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    Previous Client

    Finally someone is uncovering the truth to the public. After literally hundreds of Mivtzoim Mezuzos given out or sold we learned the hard way. We now go to a different Sofer and have them checked by a local Sofer. Not sure why our Rabbanim have kept quiet for so long.

    Aaron
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    Aaron

    BS”D I have no facts to dispute or agree with these allegations but I have bought many Mezuzahs from Moshe Klein and a few from Misholovan,all of them checked and re checked over the years and some of the times checked by Sofrim who only check and do not sell- and not once had any Sofer told me that there was an isuue with even one Mezuzah

    OVERSIGHT AND HASGACHA NOW NEEDED
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    OVERSIGHT AND HASGACHA NOW NEEDED

    Sadly as shluchim Not related to anyone we believe it. As have had issues in the past. It’s not just him that calls this to question he will have anumber of us coming to beis din if called. He is just brave enough to verify what we have worried about.

    Iyh good will come from it.

    JUST LIKE JCW
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    JUST LIKE JCW

    it’s just like jcw someone needs to do the work they do in order for our kids to be safe, sometimes they do it a bit wrong but in general they keep people in check, I wouldn’t do it myself as it’s a dirty job but the job needs to get done.

    Beis din the other way
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    Beis din the other way

    If indeed the mezuzas are posul then the customers should take the sellers to Beis Din for fraud

    Chaim
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    Chaim

    This a extremely importnant conversation to be having!
    Not sure about method it was done perhaps good perhaps not
    But regardless these mezuzuos are not up to standard
    i hope goodness comes from this

    Nauseating
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    Nauseating

    This has got to be the lowest way anyone can get a ‘ holy’ message across. A real turnoff very sneaky, fishy and smells rotten. To smear most Sofrim – besides his cousin – with one stroke. To declare half the world’s mezuzos as likely possul based on one person’s kgb investigation?
    Wow. Hoping the average person can see through this.

    Ch resident
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    Ch resident

    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 »

    Visual Torah
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    Visual Torah

    Uplifted my day put a smile on my face
    Go footeger

    To #20
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    To #20

    The Alter Rebbe in Shulchan Aruch 32 sif 5 says clearly the if two letters are touching there are those who say it’s kosher even if you do not separate the letters but it’s better to be machmir to separate them. He does not say it’s posul.

    Shomer Negiah
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    Shomer Negiah

    Many of the letters are not actually touching when zoomed. I checked on adobe acrobat.

    Great article
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    Great article

    by CJ Ross Have no Fear, “Undercover Mezuza Man” is here! When there’s something strange and your Mezuzah don’t look good, Who you gonna call? Mezuzahbusters! Brace yourself for the crack undercover sting that has just gone viral! For those of you just tuning in, a fellow in Chicago (we shall call him YDW) conducted a top secret experiment which is sure to be featured in an upcoming episode of “Law and order,” or “Agent Emes.” Here’s the plot. YDW along with several others, conspired to secretly purchase ten (10) Mezuza’s from eight (8) different Crown Heights establishments. These purchases… Read more »

    To #44  - your idea is excellent!!
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    To #44 - your idea is excellent!!

    I’m no machmir but I have been checking mezuzos for 25 years and I honestly don’t see how any self respecting Rov could pass those mezuzos as kosher. I think it will come out very soon who is the villian and who is the hero (ableit a cowboy style hero). Having seen all the mezuzos on line, I also think it is important to point out that I strongly feel Rabbi Gad Sebag from Oraita was dealt with too harshly. I think the sofer who checked them was a bit too machmir on him. Tachlis, there was not much difference… Read more »

    Just read
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    Just read

    Welcome to eSofer Welcome to eSofer-your online resource for high quality Torah Scrolls, Tefillin, Mezuzot, and accessories. Providing professional, reliable service in accordance with the highest halachic standards, eSofer offers individuals, schools, synagogues, retailers, and other organizations strictly certified stam as well as exquisite silver pieces, beautiful embroidery, and more. Headed by Rabbi Moshe Klein, a fifth generation sofer (scribe) and mohel from Jerusalem, eSofer has become a trusted resource for Lubavitcher Shluchim (emissaries) around the world and countless others who value its commitment to quality service, impeccable merchandise, and competitive prices. At eSofer, you can have your mezuzot and… Read more »

    Bais Din vs Court of Public Opinion!
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    Bais Din vs Court of Public Opinion!

    Since when is it kosher making public slanderous allegations, jeopardizing someone else’s parnossoh this way?! You have an issue, take it to a Beis Din! These feathers can never be returned!! lo zu haderech!
    I agree with COL’s title. The Crusaders were treif and so is this!!

    Footeger
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    Footeger

    Menachem Benshimon is a breath of fresh air in Lubavitch. It’s very impressive how he has captivated the essence of Chabad which can be seen in all his posts. He has one goal and that is to put a humorous spin on things to deflate unnecessary tension amongst Chassidim. We all have talents and thank g-d he uses his properly and with the right amount of “spice”. May this זכות לזכות את הרבים מתוך שמחה bring him the joy he needs in his life שידוך טוב

    Mezuzas are our protection!!
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    Mezuzas are our protection!!

    B:H Someone has finally taken action. Stories keep pouring in and it’s time we be aware! Mezuzas are not a brand of cereal or a curtain hanging on the wall- the Rebbe speaks about mezuzos and how they protect klal yisroel. Do we want to buy a cheap protection that is possul or only bidieved?!?! Would you be an alarm for your house that is from a Dollar Store? These mezuzos being sold aren’t kosher, or at best, only bidieved. It’s the lives of klal yisroel at stake- of course it’s only right to let everyone be aware of the… Read more »

    Blame
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    Blame

    Perhaps the reason that the ”cheap” mezuzas exist is BC the Shluchim are demanding for a better price and do not want to buy at a higher price

    Dont blame the messenger

    Mendy & The Golem
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    Mendy & The Golem

    I was shocked to read the nasty comments against M.B. who (as always) brings a smile to our faces in times of crisis, whether with putting yellow caution tape around the busted stores, or with water guns. Keep it up!

    Wolf Hired Commenters
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    Wolf Hired Commenters

    Wolf just contacted me asking me to comment for his side. This is too far. I just want the public to realize that he is trying to manipulate public opinion. BEWARE

    this is a joke
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    this is a joke

    so pathetic! what is up with everyone commenting on stuff that they know nothing about and quoting without sources and being able to hide behind a forum that doesn’t demand names.

    Gad Sebag
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    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 US and… Read more »

    Not our derech
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    Not our derech

    The issue of the cheap mezuzos might be something to discuss but here the issue at hand is the way this chutzpenik approached it. He sounds like a very angry negative young man.. he obviously doesn’t realize the damage he caused: 1) to the businesses 2) to the magihim in those establishments 3) to the “salesmen” 4) to the sofrim that write 5) to the families, spouses who are saddened and upset, 6) children who are harassed in their schools. 7) made a chilul hashem which is irreparable 8) to the jews that won’t be 8nterested to buy ANY mezuzot… Read more »

    Such Bogus
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    Such Bogus

    When things seem too convincing, they’re probably bogus. Such is the case of the mezuzahs. Am I really to believe that because one sofer said that mezuzahs aren’t good it disqualifies the hundreds of qualified Torah observant sofrim who have been checking these mezuzahs for years?! If such an extreme % of the mezuzahs are disqualified, this sofer is obviously not speaking the same language as Chabad sofrim. He’s on a completely different planet and is not reliable when it comes to Chabad. His rulings are not based on our mesorah!

    Bh for col
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    Bh for col

    If only collive did as much investigating with their other stories.

    Menachem Benshimon is great
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    Menachem Benshimon is great

    He is going against Poskim who say it is Kosher… the orginal Mezuza was lambs blood don’t forget

    Shliach
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    Shliach

    Thanks rabbi Wolf
    My community was bunt few times by ch stores thanks for bringing it to the open

    Rabbi Klein
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    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…

    Way back when
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    Way back when

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

     Questionable conduct
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    Questionable conduct

    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 »

    To #12
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    To #12

    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!!!
    Join CH4 https://chat.whatsapp.com/JW6vazysJM378pbuwC4Yo6

    Machin Stam Paul Mezuzos
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    Machin Stam Paul Mezuzos

    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.

    Resident of  crown heights
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    Resident of crown heights

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

    Stories
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    Stories

    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.

    To #47
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    To #47

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

    Another victim
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    Another victim

    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 »

    Article col is shameful
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    Article col is shameful

    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.

    It may be a problem
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    It may be a problem

    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.

    approved by r Braun?
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    approved by r Braun?

    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 »

    Question Mr Wolff
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    Question Mr Wolff

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

    If the mezuzos are treif i do not know
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    If the mezuzos are treif i do not know

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

    I have been a customer of Rabbi Klein
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    I have been a customer of Rabbi Klein

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

    Talk about things you know!!!
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    Talk about things you know!!!

    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 »

    been goin on since I was a kid 1980
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    been goin on since I was a kid 1980

    השחד יעור עיני חכמים ויסלף דברי צדיקם

    "Wolf wouldn’t disclose which Sofer he used to conduct the check "
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    "Wolf wouldn’t disclose which Sofer he used to conduct the check "

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

    To number 29 and 31
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    To number 29 and 31

    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.

    GATHER TOGETHER
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    GATHER TOGETHER

    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

    And BTW
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    And BTW

    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!!!!

    To 88
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    To 88

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

    Yes, it is OK to share the video
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    Yes, it is OK to share the video

    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.

    Old news
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    Old news

    Finally someone got up and said something WITH THE NAMES.

    Be strong Rabbi Wolf. Hashem is with you!

    Retailers are responsible for their wares
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    Retailers are responsible for their wares

    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.

    Headlines matter
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    Headlines matter

    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.

    RABBI MOSHE KLEIN
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    RABBI MOSHE KLEIN

    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.

    #100
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    #100

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

    Kosher
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    Kosher

    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!

    What "KGB investigation"?
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    What "KGB investigation"?

    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.

    topsy--turvy world
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    topsy--turvy world

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

    Believer
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    Believer

    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….

    Agree with 96
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    Agree with 96

    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.

    He's not a lone wolf (no pun intended)
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    He's not a lone wolf (no pun intended)

    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”

    Yeshiva boys should learn to check
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    Yeshiva boys should learn to check

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

    There should be no secrets in judaism
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    There should be no secrets in judaism

    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

    Don't trust anyone!
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    Don't trust anyone!

    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…

     charidy campaign for wolf
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    charidy campaign for wolf

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

    Who are these Rabbonim
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    Who are these Rabbonim

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

    They are 4th cousins
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    They are 4th cousins

    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.

    Ch resident
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    Ch resident

    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 »

    The article is possul ;-)
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    The article is possul ;-)

    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?

    Rabbi Wolf
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    Rabbi Wolf

    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.

    Fund the Wolf
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    Fund the Wolf

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

    To 107
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    To 107

    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.

    You got checkmated and are exposed. The test was properly blinded.
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    You got checkmated and are exposed. The test was properly blinded.

    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.

    We need our Rebbe
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    We need our Rebbe

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

    To 79
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    To 79

    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.

    EVEN IF he would be right (hard to believe)
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    EVEN IF he would be right (hard to believe)

    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.

    Rabbi wolf is amazing
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    Rabbi wolf is amazing

    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

    To 89 and like minded people
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    To 89 and like minded people

    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).

    "avu zeinen ale mezuzes?!"
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    "avu zeinen ale mezuzes?!"

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

    No he did a fair and honest evaluation
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    No he did a fair and honest evaluation

    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.

    To 112
    Guest
    To 112

    I’m not gullible enough to believe you

    Rotten fish
    Guest
    Rotten fish

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

    @ 112 "Wolf hired me..."
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    @ 112 "Wolf hired me..."

    @ 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.

    Unbiased opinion
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    Unbiased opinion

    In my totally unbiased opinion; everyone is wrong.

    R’ Berel
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    R’ Berel

    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 »

    Happened to me - buy local buy small. Altine moskowitz zirkin
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    Happened to me - buy local buy small. Altine moskowitz zirkin

    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.

    Massively proud of him
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    Massively proud of him

    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.

    #114
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    #114

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

    To all those feeling bad for the stores
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    To all those feeling bad for the stores

    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.

    title is "LONE CRUSADER"
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    title is "LONE CRUSADER"

    Does that make him a…….Lone Wolf???

    BaDum, Tssss.

    #114 to rabbi sebag
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    #114 to rabbi sebag

    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

    To 112
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    To 112

    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.

    Off the derech
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    Off the derech

    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 »

    Lishma? Or personal agenda?
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    Lishma? Or personal agenda?

    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!!!

    MME
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    MME

    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 »

    Impartial Hearing
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    Impartial Hearing

    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

    SPECIFICS AND DETAILS
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    SPECIFICS AND DETAILS

    #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..

    Rabbi Braun
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    Rabbi Braun

    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

    YDW had a DREAM
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    YDW had a DREAM

    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?

    חוצפה יסגא
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    חוצפה יסגא

    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 [email protected] go get a life!! And to fix the damage you made, go make a video of you putting up mezzus and teffilin on people

    Collusion with Machon STaM
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    Collusion with Machon STaM

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

    to 114#
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    to 114#

    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.

    @ #177
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    @ #177

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

    peace and r'braun post above shameful
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    peace and r'braun post above shameful

    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 »

    Now every one will be more careful!
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    Now every one will be more careful!

    Gam ze Letova

    Sofer
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    Sofer

    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!!!

    The person checking was hired!
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    The person checking was hired!

    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.

    To #194
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    To #194

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

    ydw has nothing in this for himself!
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    ydw has nothing in this for himself!

    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.

    Color war
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    Color war

    Color war has arrived in Kan Tziva

    Love your fellow neighbor
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    Love your fellow neighbor

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

    go4raskin
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    go4raskin

    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

    Sofer g-d fearing??!!
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    Sofer g-d fearing??!!

    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.

    clearly passul
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    clearly passul

    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

    Mekoros.
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    Mekoros.

    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

    THE ONLY IMPORTANT THING
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    THE ONLY IMPORTANT THING

    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.

    176 i disagree
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    176 i disagree

    You might be correct. But I am not

    In response to Rabbi Sebag
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    In response to Rabbi Sebag

    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.

    To 206
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    To 206

    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

    To 206
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    To 206

    Are you a rav????

    To 206
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    To 206

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

    2019
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    2019

    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 number 47
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    To number 47

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

    Hopefully the Rabonim will finally address this responsibly and fix the ongoing issue.
    Guest
    Hopefully the Rabonim will finally address this responsibly and fix the ongoing issue.

    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”

    Should we trust sofrim?
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    Should we trust sofrim?

    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

    So biased
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    So biased

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

    to past customers of Klein and others
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    to past customers of Klein and others

    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 »

    To number 210
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    To number 210

    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

    Mystery—why is the second sofer hiding?
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    Mystery—why is the second sofer hiding?

    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.

    IMPORTANT
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    IMPORTANT

    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.

    Go fund me
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    Go fund me

    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

    Shotim.
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    Shotim.

    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!

    Shapiro= Hasofer=vaad Hakloli
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    Shapiro= Hasofer=vaad Hakloli

    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.

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    To 223

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

    Wolf did the right thing
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    Wolf did the right thing

    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 »

    Hopefully the Rabonim will finally address this responsibly and fix the ongoing issue.
    Guest
    Hopefully the Rabonim will finally address this responsibly and fix the ongoing issue.

    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”

    Amazing Rabbi Wolf!!!
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    Amazing Rabbi Wolf!!!

    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

    To Gad Sebag
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    To Gad Sebag

    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 »

    Kosher lichatchilah
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    Kosher lichatchilah

    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.

    Klaf
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    Klaf

    Did anyone wondor where the klaf comes from?

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    To 208

    Sounds interesting. What’s the source?

    GoFundMe
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    GoFundMe

    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 231
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    To 231

    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

    This is getting more and more bizarre
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    This is getting more and more bizarre

    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

    150,000 posul mezuzos
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    150,000 posul mezuzos

    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.

    Vaad mishmeres stam
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    Vaad mishmeres stam

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

    To #224. The real chilul hashem!!!
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    To #224. The real chilul hashem!!!

    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 »

    1 Day Before
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    1 Day Before

    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.

    posul rabonim
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    posul rabonim

    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 »

    To all the people criticizing the research that was done.
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    To all the people criticizing the research that was done.

    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 »

    235. Sounds like you are a Zirkind bringing irrelevant info
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    235. Sounds like you are a Zirkind bringing irrelevant info

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

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    To 236

    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.

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    to 225

    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

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    to 237

    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?

    מבלי עולם
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    מבלי עולם

    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

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    To 239

    Did not learn the halachos???

    Rosenbaum
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    Rosenbaum

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

    ALFRED R NEWMAN
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    ALFRED R NEWMAN

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

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

    Shocking
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    Shocking

    Must I have my mezuzot checked today?

    CAMP GAN  ISRAEL
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    CAMP GAN ISRAEL

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

    Wish I would have bought mezuzos 2 weeks ago
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    Wish I would have bought mezuzos 2 weeks ago

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

    A correct response
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    A correct response

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

    Maybe we should be looking at credentials, not mezuzos
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    Maybe we should be looking at credentials, not mezuzos

    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 »

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    To 225

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

    Easy answer.
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    Easy answer.

    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 ….

    Dovid
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    Dovid

    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

    Btw
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    Btw

    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…

    Thank you Rabbi Wolf!!!
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    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 mind. Please post a… Read more »

    Great Job this is no conspiracy
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    Great Job this is no conspiracy

    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 »

    12 yrs ago a shaliach
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    12 yrs ago a shaliach

    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 »

    i dont know this wolff guy
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    i dont know this wolff guy

    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.

    To those attacking Wolf
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    To those attacking Wolf

    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.

    Innocent bystander
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    Innocent bystander

    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 259
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    to 259

    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.

    This seems very one sided
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    This seems very one sided

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

    Bais Din also responsible
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    Bais Din also responsible

    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.

    Stam
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    Stam

    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 »

    זה לא רק המזוזות
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    זה לא רק המזוזות

    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 לא טוב לו!
    והאמת והטוב ישכנו לבטח

    Chabad no backbone!
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    Chabad no backbone!

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

    Att: 267
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    Att: 267

    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.

    The sofer
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    The sofer

    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

    To #267
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    To #267

    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 real problem.
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    The real problem.

    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 »

    who can be trusted
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    who can be trusted

    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.

    visual-torah
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    visual-torah

    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.

    Chicago
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    Chicago

    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.

    Response to 266
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    Response to 266

    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 »

    dave
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    dave

    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.

     " CLEAR CONSCIENCE "
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    " CLEAR CONSCIENCE "

    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 »

    Rabbi wolf is a real Nachshon!!
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    Rabbi wolf is a real Nachshon!!

    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 »

    Terrible headline
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    Terrible headline

    #fakenews

    Let the people decide…

    To 267... all-sided
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    To 267... all-sided

    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 »

    Agree that this is one-sided
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    Agree that this is one-sided

    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.

    THE REBBE ZYA IS CRYING
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    THE REBBE ZYA IS CRYING

    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 »

    CHUTZPAH!!!
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    CHUTZPAH!!!

    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 »

    hello
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    hello

    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.

    We're all missing the point
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    We're all missing the point

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

    MRS PERL ARBOR
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    MRS PERL ARBOR

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

    Go fund me
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    Go fund me

    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

    to 288 you missed the whole point
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    to 288 you missed the whole point

    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!

    Col please fix the title-
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    Col please fix the title-

    Its very misleading and simply not correct.

    Moshiach now!

    Moral of the story
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    Moral of the story

    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!

    Yaaaaaaaaaay
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    Yaaaaaaaaaay

    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

    To #291
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    To #291

    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.

    Beis Din
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    Beis Din

    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 288 who disparages Rabbi A Wolf
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    To 288 who disparages Rabbi A Wolf

    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 »

    To 291
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    To 291

    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.

    GoRefundMe
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    GoRefundMe

    We need a GoRefundMe for our mezuzahs

    Wow
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    Wow

    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 »

    Contact him directly!
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    Contact him directly!

    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]

    ALFRED E NEWMAN
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    ALFRED E NEWMAN

    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 .

    Meat next
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    Meat next

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

    It's not the stores problem
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    It's not the stores problem

    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

    Shliach
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    Shliach

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

    From comment 267
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    From comment 267