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    Questions Raised on Machon Stam

    A detailed document lists 49 errors found in Mezuzos from Machon Stam which the recent expose claimed to be fully kosher. Full Story

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    Is this from one of the other safrus places that is the  jealous?
    Guest
    Is this from one of the other safrus places that is the jealous?

    Wow I’m really thrown away by the way there can be some jealous sofer out there that can say that raskin has issues as well….
    Complete jealously if you wanna check him out you cannot know its him.

    I Saw this Coming
    Guest
    I Saw this Coming

    Right when I looked at those mezuzahs I knew there was something off. They looked like they were overlooking problems.

    Shame on you
    Guest
    Shame on you

    We could of been Melamed Zechus especially when nothing is wrong with the above Al Pi Din but just to make sure all sofrim are in it together and not leave one behind this had to be done. What unity! Shame on you whoever you are! You could of just took care of the person that made that video via a Din Torah instead going further with this hate on Yud Shevat out of all days!

    Finally....
    Guest
    Finally....

    Finally some true facts to point to the bias of wolf’s lies and misleading the public.
    Thank you!

    Oh please
    Guest
    Oh please

    Someone is obviously panicking about r’ wolf’s video.
    All of these are so minor, whereas some of the mezuzos from other vendors should not be sold by anyone with yiras shomayim.
    It’s too late for the damage control, the genie is out of the bottle. This post again confirmed that I should source my STAM from Y Raskin.

    silly article
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    silly article

    If anyone knows anything about safrus, none of these “issues” are Psulim. Aside some of the square reish’s, must be taken a closer look at, can be a serious shaila. You cant compare with the issues brought up by the other mezuzahs. This article is trying to cloud up ppl minds and confuse ppl about the real issue in cheap Mezuzohs. Don’t fool yourself. For Mivtzoim either buy more expensive Mezuzah or have someone you know check it. (If you can’t do either machon Sta”m still seems like a better alternative, i am not a fan of machon stam but… Read more »

    Well well
    Guest
    Well well

    Of course. Moral of the story kids. Don’t believe everything you see on the internet,

    "Not even worth his time"
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    "Not even worth his time"

    To me that just sounds like he is trying to avoid answering the issues.

    Seems like he’s just trying to put it down by making believe they’re not issues when they’re exactly the same issues brought up in his mezuzahs

    Shliach
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    Shliach

    This is obviously an attempt by the worst offenders to destroy Machon Stam. Double shame!
    Very disappointing to see other סוחרים trying to undermine one of their competitors. ספרות is not a get rich quick scheme, at least it is not meant to be…..
    All of those that are selling questionable Stam should make a חשבון הנפש and do their utmost to rectify a very troubling revelation. ודו”ק

    Blind test
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    Blind test

    The key point that this “study” deliberately avoids is that not only did Rabbi Rosenbaum have no motive to favor one source over another, he also didn’t know which batch came from which source. So it’s impossible that his findings were biased. Whereas whoever did this one set out on purpose to find problems with this specific batch.

    Of course
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    Of course

    Of course people are gonna try to say these aren’t issues. Make up your mind either tagim are or aren’t an issue. Either space is or isn’t an issue

    Grow up and think for yourself. This while thing smells bad

    about #5
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    about #5

    A good positive way to look at it. Great Proof that Raskins is the best quality!

    Wolf is trying to whitewash it
    Guest
    Wolf is trying to whitewash it

    But I see right through it

    My full response
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    My full response

    Let’s start with who I am and why I started this project: Those who know me know that I have always been involved with mivtza mezuza. When I was in Brunoy, I personally took down all the mezuzos, had them checked and put them back up. I did the same in Montreal camp, Cincinnati Yeshiva, and Chayolei camp. As you see anywhere I went I was involved with mezuzos. In the past few years I have been involved in educating the local Chicago synagogue gift shops about kosher stam. While meeting with the gift shop volunteers I stumbled on a… Read more »

    MACHIN STAM HORROR STORY
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    MACHIN STAM HORROR STORY

    I bought my son tefilin for his bar mitzvah last year. This year in Elul my son had it checked by another Sofer and it was missing a word! And it’s supposedly computer checked…

    Finally someone’s speaking the truth

    Thank you

    Thoughts
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    Thoughts

    I think the point of this article is to prove that all Stam shops sell cheaper quality for those who can’t afford better, but they are ALL STILL KOSHER – just in a subjective way (like when you ask someone if the food is good, if it’s not their taste they will say no but if it is they’ll say yes. Same here, a strict Rabbi will say no but a lenient one will say yes).

    Wow. So True
    Guest
    Wow. So True

    Thanks for pointing out the problems in these mezuzahs too. It’s shocked that wolf didn’t find them

    Not biased
    Guest
    Not biased

    Ye right

    If he needs to say he didn’t do it for his cousin, it’s because he knows that it seems like he did… Seems like he’s nervous that he was finally caught red handed

    Thank you!
    Guest
    Thank you!

    I am sofer and when I watch the video I did not want to believe that some one could be so cynical and do something so terrible and spread this kind of loshon Hora.but when you look closely at wolf findings they are completely inconsistent. My thoughts were either Rosenbaum (no clue who he is not sure why people are listening to him) never checked the ones from raskin or the results were doctored.

    Old news
    Guest
    Old news

    Ask anyone in the industry and they will tell you that raskin has been making a living by bad mouthing EVERYONE. Now he just did it in a more public way.

    It sounds like raskin and wolf planned a PR stunt to boost business.
    Guest
    It sounds like raskin and wolf planned a PR stunt to boost business.

    What a coincidence that 1 cousin found his cousins mezuzus magically 💯 kosher, while all the other stores had MAJOR problems. I feel like we are not getting the entire backstory.

    Author of other article
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    Author of other article

    Wolf is trying to say that I tried to skew rabbi Vainer’s response. That’s a load of nonsense. The emails are there for anyone and everyone to see. They’ve been floating around whatsapp.

    Here again youre proving your inability to comprehend anything other than your shallow view. You fail to see that YOU MISUSED RABBI VAINER.

    Go get an education and realize that your opinion doesn’t mean fact

    Lol
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    Lol

    Mr wolf your response is laughable. Either the things you point out are problems for all the mezuzos or non of them you can’t have it both ways. I most admit the video you made is well done but you are really transparent. Not every is as naive as you had hoped.

    Rabbi Veiner response to one of the STaM Centers in CH
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    Rabbi Veiner response to one of the STaM Centers in CH

    Moshe Wolf of Chicago, who broke the alleged mezuzah scandal, had released a Halachik response from Rabbi Veiner of Eretz Yisroel in which he states some things that might make a mezuzah posul. The question-answer formatted response, discussed such things as cracked and malformed letters. The response was used by Moshe Wolf to justify his claim that the mezuzos sold were not kosher. Rabbi Veiner, a leading figure in STaM and author of a book on the subject, released a statement VIA email in response. In it, he distances himself from any conclusions made on the mezuzos. He clarifies that… Read more »

    why
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    why

    Why would we even look at an unsigned expose?? why wouldn’t the sofer sign it? you can never rely on anything that has no name attached! guy can say whatever he wants and not be held accountable??

    miyad wolf!!!
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    miyad wolf!!!

    keep it up miyad,we are all proud of you,for having the guts to bring this up and expose it,with the knowledge of a din torah looming ahead !!! man! what guts!!! what a role model! only respect for you! thank you on behalf of yidden worldwide! yasher koach OT bochur

    Let the full truth come out
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    Let the full truth come out

    Should keep on coming out

    Yud shvat spirit
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    Yud shvat spirit

    Since when do we behave like this in chabad? If the original 8ntent was leshem shomayim, the approach would’ve been much different. I’d like to say a few words to YD Wolf. Please listen and think about it beino levein atzmoy. You are relatively a yungerman. You seem full of energy and resolve. The approach is completely wrong! You did hurt many people in this process. You erred in the way you did this. It’s not too late for you to change course. Please reconsider. Good won’t come out of such an approach R”L. If you really seek to improve… Read more »

    O my
    Guest
    O my

    I hope wolf is enjoying his 15 min of fame but please go away. We have real problems in crown heights there are families who don’t have enough food or money to pay tuition and rent. And you are just causing fights in our community. There’s a lot of pain in this world we don’t need anymore. Especially from someone like you who claim you are just doing this for righteous reasons. We know your kind. Kindly go back to Chicago and leave us alone.

    To wolf
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    To wolf

    To Rabbi wolf, please explain, why couldn’t you just show your findings without getting personal? Just come out educating us that mivtzoim mezuzos are really not good, you can point out that even the ones sold in c.h. are problematic, no name, don’t point at any stores, you would have achieved so much more, everyone would have agreed, raskins name would have not been brought up, everyone would have gotten the point, mama’s I shod, the best this you can do now is tp apologize and admit you made a mistake, you will gain much more respect.

    So this was all a pr stunt for machon stam
    Guest
    So this was all a pr stunt for machon stam

    Wow.
    Thanks for posting this

    Shame on you
    Guest
    Shame on you

    Shame on wolf and everyone who helped him make this video!

    Rabbi Vainer says Yes to Mivtzoyim mezuzos
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    Rabbi Vainer says Yes to Mivtzoyim mezuzos

    See below the emails with Rabbi Weiner. He unequivocally says that he’s not against cheap mezuzahs that are kosher b’dieved. Wolf, stop misleading us!! שלום רב, א גוטן ערב שבת. בקראון הייטס יש מחלוקת גדולה לגבי מזוזות זולים. Collive פירסם מכתב מכבודו שבו אתה מייעץ כי הם לא כשרים. לא כתבתי כלל בנוגע לאיזה מזוזות או מקומות מסחר, אלא נשאלתי בדין, ואם פרסמו תשובתי בדין – אינני נגד דבר זה. למרות שאני מזועזע שברצונך להיות מעורב בפרק שבבירור היא מיועד לפרסום עבור בן דודו של הקנאי הזה, ובשם כך עשה את הבדיקה בצורה לא הוגנת והשווה את המזוזות הזולים מחנות… Read more »

    #6
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    #6

    You’re missing the point
    The issues pointed out here are the exact same ones that wolf said were psulim by the other sofrim. So either it’s pasul or it isn’t.

    We are not fooled!!!
    Guest
    We are not fooled!!!

    They are trying to bury Wolf any way they can – we are not fooled. Safrus stores of CH – get your act together, accept the truth, and fix your problems

    Response to Rabbi Wolf
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    Response to Rabbi Wolf

    YF Wolf wants someone to tell him where is there an opinion that a neggia is kosher. Surprised that he’s not aware that the Alter Rebbe brings this opinion in 32:5

    What did Machon Stam do?
    Guest
    What did Machon Stam do?

    Machon Stam did nothing to warrant this disgusting smear. He had nothing to do with the Wolf video.

    Is this how low we have stooped? Attack a man and his business because someone ELSE said that he sells kosher mezuzos?

    This is beyond evil.

    No sofer would sign on this
    Guest
    No sofer would sign on this

    Jealous vendors

    Who are the authors?!
    Guest
    Who are the authors?!

    Who are the authors who ask not to be identified? I assume they are COWARDS who want to shift the blame onto others. Let the sofrim fix their own problems instead of throwing dirt on others!

    Low level
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    Low level

    This looks like a blood libel to me. Times are tough? Your own failings showing? Here’s an idea: Try the diversion tactic. Try to make the one who does things right look bad, so then you don’t look half as bad. Nice try. I trust machon stam with my tefillin and Mezuzos. I appreciate his meticulousness and care.

    Lebkind
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    Lebkind

    In the letter from Wolf to rabbi veiner he clearly writes that he bought 80 mezuzas and found problems. In the end he writes the rov should answer clearly for a lot shluchim want to know answers. So wolf didn’t hide anything

    To #15
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    To #15

    If you can’t post your name on such a “horror story” there’s %1000 to believe that you are fabricating the story!

    Btw, mistakes do happen. There’s a good reason the Rebbe told ppl to check their mezuzos and teffilin.
    If your details are true, firstly, post your name. Secondly, you’re one mistake which could happen.
    The problem and recent publicity of stam issues is when there’s consistent mistakes, like chabad of airport story circling of buying 2 pairs of Rashi that both didnt have parshios! And when he went back, the sofer gave him Posul parshios!!

    To #19
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    To #19

    I don’t believe your a sofer or you would of signed your name. Yiras Shomayim doesn’t come through in your comments. Unless your a new and inexperienced sofer…

    regarding #24
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    regarding #24

    notice how the rav adresses him as “the man from chicago” he’r e4ther really angry at him or wnlf didn’t write his name, which is shady

    At wolf
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    At wolf

    Who is your second sofer ?
    For someone being so “transparent”
    Your video and results raise more questions than answers

    To # 15 computer checking
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    To # 15 computer checking

    Reality Check . People have a very big misconception about computer checking, thinking it does what computers does best doing multiple tasks in a instant and fast math calculation and should pick up all the mistakes on itself instantly , but the truth it’s far from that way. It’s a human being that is standing there and watching over the ksav from what the sofer wrote to what the computer fed information on the ksav of the safrus item is,and it compares line by line ,and it rings if there is a item it can’t read and the human being… Read more »

    Not admitting...
    Guest
    Not admitting...

    Vendors just fix your problems!!!

    Instead of being jealous!!!

    To those saying authors need to name themselves
    Guest
    To those saying authors need to name themselves

    Who in their right mind wants the publicity? For some unknown reason wolf wants his fame doesn’t mean everyone has to. Such nonesense

    Machon Stam
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    Machon Stam

    They’ve always bad mouthed everyone and now people are getting offended when the truth comes out about them? What an olan hasheker we love in where the wolf cries victim.

    Stop badmoutging everyone else and lying about them. Try gaining business in a legitimate way. Maybe then you won’t get mixed into this because there would be no pr stunt that you paid for.

    It's too late for the damage control,
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    It's too late for the damage control,

    This is obviously an attempt by the worst offenders to destroy Machon Stam. Double shame!

    @ miyad wolf
    Guest
    @ miyad wolf

    who is the second sofer you mentioned in your video?
    since you had two witnesses going to the original sofer
    why do we see or hear nothing about the second sofer or his identity
    how “transparent” are you ?

    This is pathetic
    Guest
    This is pathetic

    A bunch of board ppl here are commenting. (And if you are this far down in the comments, get off food stamps, and get a real job – your an embarrassment to our community section 8 is meant for those with actual issues-not lazy ) that domt know the first thing abt safrus

    Buy kosher stam
    Guest
    Buy kosher stam

    There are many sofrim in Crown heights who are independent of any sure who are yerei shomaim who sell tefillin and mezuzos. Do research on the individual sofer and use him.

    Buy direct
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    Buy direct

    As a rule always buy mezuzas etc. directly from a sofer you know. Always have them checked. Minimum size for a kosher mezuza is 8*8 inch, anything smaller is asking for problems.

    Din Torah
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    Din Torah

    Is it true that it has been called off?

    Why didn't raskin
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    Why didn't raskin

    This whole thing smelled like raskin funded project from the start. How anyone didn’t see this is much like saying the ny subway doesn’t have rats. Why a erlicha yid didn’t stand with his fellow sofrim and or make a immediate statement distancing himself from the initial report just makes this whole thing smell worse. The strategy to bring up a topic which maybe worth bringing up to the discussion was done with no thorough plan and today we are no better off the yesterday. No one is shopping differently with the exception of those who are on the fence… Read more »

    Remember
    Guest
    Remember

    All these issues or most of these issues could be no isues if you actully look at the mezuza not at picrure of the mezuza.

    Why dosnt bes din send a new sofer to check out the mezuzas

    They saying now they droped the whole bes din
    Is that really true ?

    Sounded smelly from the start
    Guest
    Sounded smelly from the start

    The only one who looses is mochom stam. He should have immediately distanced himself from the video.

    Dear R' Moshe Dovid Wolf
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    Dear R' Moshe Dovid Wolf

    “These findings in Machon Stam’s mezuzos are not even worth my time to address.”
    Your true colors, not worth your time?
    i thought its all the sofer who said its not kosher?
    sad trying to hurt others peoples business!

    Doesn't sound right!
    Guest
    Doesn't sound right!

    Why are we all picking on Machon Stam?

    Have all 80 Mezzuzos checked by different sofrim, not knowing the store or the batch of 10. Mark and label each one, randomly.

    See what happens!

    Off course, a Rov must make the Psak Din, whether the are Kosher.

    To #10
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    To #10

    Spot on. You’re comment is the one thats the most logical here.

    Pashkevil....
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    Pashkevil....

    With no name it’s worth nothing.

    Wolf had the guts to put his name and face.

    Hatred and Jealousy
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    Hatred and Jealousy

    This is obviously not written by an objective sofer. from the article it is clear it was written by the jealous sochrim. Most of the problems you found with the Machon stam mezuzos were touching crowns. It is impossible to properly tell if the crowns are touching based on the video!!! Take any small crowns and photo copy them, and watch them from a video they will look like they are touching! most of your other problems are non issues. The issue I found that would need a rov to decide if it is really a problem, is the word… Read more »

    unrelated
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    unrelated

    Hi, I am so pained to see that this has gone so far. What happened to any one company doing the best they can and making a honest business. To bash on another company, yes, this is very American. But, really SAD. It nice and dandy to service a community but what happened to honesty and especially a Klei Kodesh ”job” Look at yourselves and just do the right thing without finding fault in someone else. I have had numerous stories pertaining to myself when I checked Mezuzas and Tefillin for health concerns. and knowing that these Heilige Mitzvos Directly… Read more »

    4 j is 100% posul.
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    4 j is 100% posul.

    והיה אם שמ ע is a real pesul. 100%

    How can you say it’s not worth your time!?!

    Your arrogance is sickening

    None seem pesulim to me???
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    None seem pesulim to me???

    None of the above look like pissilim to me. Instead of the bad actors sending a community apology they harass the decent store and the guy who made us aware of this fraud. Yes fraud. You all planted spiritual bombs in peoples homes. I am sick to my stomach this is from “Tommim” as well. You all lost a customer.

    Confused
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    Confused

    To the people who are upset about this article let me see if I have it right. A man from Chicago with no halachek authority makes a video with a sofer that no one has ever heard of that stores in crown heights are selling mezuzos that they know are NOT kosher to people who think that they are. And you are OK with that. but when someone looks a little closer and sees that there are a lot of inconsistencies with his story and that the ones who are committed fraud are the people behind this video. That’s when… Read more »

     from Sofer Musmach.
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    from Sofer Musmach.

    From the scanners, the sheelat Mem Hafuchah is a big sheela, and POSSUL. For the Reyshin, it is also bad. The rest seems a parody of the stupidity that was proposed as negyot (in tagim, true Yesh me’hakvin ad sheyetaken), or revachim (still readable as is, Tsemach Tsedaek, Byur Harav Levy-Ytschak Sofer on this issue), Nu, so buy and check by an other Sofer mumchey and responsable. Drop the sinat chinam, make efforts to beautify and make hahavat Ysrael, this is the goal; afilu machshava tova …lekaf zechut. (ask a Rav Mumche beynyaney Sofrus, for the sheelat Mem Hafucha, and… Read more »

    Very simple
    Guest
    Very simple

    An expert Rav should paskin ALL the mezuzahs that were part of the video. Kosher lchatchilah, bidevid, pasul and fixable, pasul and not fixable.

    Real Spacing Issues
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    Real Spacing Issues

    on many of raskin’s

    Sign your name
    Guest
    Sign your name

    The same way Rabbi Wolf signed his name on his article/story, the author of this article should post their name. Doing this anonymously is cowardly and COL shouldn’t have posted it without a name.

    Very insightful
    Guest
    Very insightful

    However this potential issue may have the din of “mecharcharei riv” at this point

    Mezuzah Gate
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    Mezuzah Gate

    Looks like we should avoid buying Stam in Crown Heights altogether.

    collive
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    collive

    he did not credit only one store as credible. He’s discussing mivtzoim mezuzos no others.

    Londoner's Viewpoint
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    Londoner's Viewpoint

    I am a Sofer and was involved with Mivtza Mezuza from it’s outset. I write and check but do not deal buy and sell. Cheap quality mezuzas were always problematic. In fact, we referred them to the Rav of the Stamford Hill kehilla at the time. His view that such mezuzas were kosher for the particular group intended but should have tagin. Having looked through the samples, few highlighted issues are really problematic except some with spacing. The slightly square vavs according to the poskim do not even need a shaalas tinok (I can quote sources if need be). Due… Read more »

    Bottom line
    Guest
    Bottom line

    Even after this article I will continue checking and buying from Machon Stam, you see how to take care of the mezuzos from the way they treat you, very aidel and mentsh, they explain you the checking procedure and even take pictures, to show you the service and what was done.
    I don’t every safrus office but heard stories with many of them but Machon stam.

    Giving up
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    Giving up

    This is so confusing. If anything, this should motivate people to check the mezuzos and LEARN THE HALACHOS. I hear so many people saying it’s possul, it’s kosher bedieved…. Who the heck knows!?

    I’m done. I’ll buy a decent priced mezuzah and let Hashem know to strike the sofer if it is problematic.

    This is an embarrassment and a joke

    Pathetic and unfair
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    Pathetic and unfair

    Machon Stam? Why should someone pick on him? What did he do wrong. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve no sides and back I usually buy my stuff from a different CH sofer, BUT I also know miyad wolf and know that he has been on this issue since before machon Stam existed. Hard to believe machon Stam had anything to do with it. The complaint of second cousins…. I’m sorry thsts pathetic. Kah many lubavitcher families a very large and ppl barely know their first cousins nevermind second cousins! Especially a family as large as the raskin family. Pls that’s… Read more »

    Machon stam
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    Machon stam

    I personally do not think that Raskin was really behind the whole project because if he was why would he submit such poor quality Mezuzahs to be examined. But at the end of the day some of these issues are blatant and how they were missed by two independent sofrim boggles my mind. What’s worse is that wolf when he initially was made aware of some of the real issues that were missed, has made no effort to make a correction or update to his video. Leads me to think that he was biased in some way I don’t know… Read more »

    Mecharcharei riv
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    Mecharcharei riv

    Not nice at all not name pahkvil

    Looks like someone was crying wolf!
    Guest
    Looks like someone was crying wolf!

    A negia is possul?

    Looks like the only one with the negia is wolf himself.

    Please explain your double standards you’re potentially causing thousands of people to buy problematic Mezuzahs.

    Do you care or do you not care?

    Yankel Todres
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    Yankel Todres

    A man points out large issues with the Kashrus of “Mivtoim” Mezuzos, something that the Rabbonim won’t address head-on. Instead of addressing the issue and instituting higher standards, the ideal solution became obvious to everyone. Don’t fix the problem, just attack the credibility of every aspect of the evidence. Don’t actually fix anything, just deny, deny, deny. Now we can all just pretend that these Mezuzahs are all perfectly fine. Problem solved.

    REAL PROBLEM: EVERYONE AFRAID TO SPEAK UP!!
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    REAL PROBLEM: EVERYONE AFRAID TO SPEAK UP!!

    MANY Lubavitcher RABBONIM in the USA and CANADA know the truth and can testify but ” AFRAID TO TALK “!! MANY Lubavitcher Soifrim know the truth!! also “AFRAID TO SPEAK UP”!! MANY bochurim and yungeleit ARE EMBARASSED to tell their stories on how they were asked to check mezuzas and tefillin without proper training and no testing at all!! also “AFRAID TO TALK” (BTW ALL Merchants are hesitant to publicize who are their MAGEEIM and their QUALIFICATIONS, (if any!!!) Unfortunately WOLF IS RIGHT!!! Call any Lubavitcher Rav or soifer in the USA and CANADA and then come back and post… Read more »

    Mendel
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    Mendel

    Why doesn’t wolf want to admit that Machon Stam has problems with their mezuzos??? Isint that his point? That all inexpensive mezuzos have issues? Obviously he’s trying to advertise for Raskin!!!!!

    Very simple
    Guest
    Very simple

    it’s interesting that wolf said he checked all the mezuzos in Brunoy. Who did he get it checked by? Another random Sofer that no one heard of??? Since when is any random Sofer – like the one in Brunoy, Montreal camp and Chayalai more reliable than Moshe Klien. Cuz he’s not biest?? Most Sofrim charge extra to fix and if they say pasul they can sell you a new one! (And keep the pasul one for their next customer!!!!)

    Reality Check
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    Reality Check

    Some have a hard time accepting reality. The fact is there are many issues with many sofrim what they sell and how they check. Wolf did us a service to wake us up. A pity he had to do it this way but that seems to be the only way that works. Many of the problems and some quite serious r”l people have could be avoided if their mezuzos and tefilin are in order.

    Is klein trying to gain credibility by knocking the reliable sofer on the kingston??
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    Is klein trying to gain credibility by knocking the reliable sofer on the kingston??

    These “issues” are all non- issues. No sofer would sign this pathetic anonymous “report” Its a joke!

    Machon stam has excellent standards EVEN for their least expensive products. The are honest and G-d fearing.

    This is a pathetic attempt in trying to build back some trust. Take the good guy down with you.

    You need be blind to be fooled by this slander!

    Machon stam keep up your good work, and hashem should watch over you all!!

    HOW COME WOLF DOESNT NAME THE SECOND SOFER!
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    HOW COME WOLF DOESNT NAME THE SECOND SOFER!

    Why doesn’t wolf make the name and face of the second Sofer that “officially “ makes everyone selling mezuzus on Kingston’s ave poshul (besides Raskin)in his very transparent video clip?

    PERIOD.
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    PERIOD.

    A report of “sheilos” from someone requesting to remain anonymous = ZERO. Period.

    Witch Hunt
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    Witch Hunt

    What’s coming out of all this is that it’s causing people to loose geshmak in doing a mitzva.

    bottom line
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    bottom line

    From this growing mountain of negative spirit, I take the following constructive lessons: If I want to buy a kosher mezuza, no matter where I get it from, I’m best served by having it checked by an unbiased third party to verify its kashrus and will not trust the sofer himself or store itself, since they are biased to the product. (This is unlike kashrus, where there IS an unbiased third party certifying someone else’s product. OU, OK, etc don’t sell food; they certify someone else’s. If/when there is a reputable entity that does not make or sell mezuzas and… Read more »

    To number 76
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    To number 76

    Very adel they explain to you how there is one shita that says it’s pasul or better to have it fixed so they can make more money

    THIS is the problem
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    THIS is the problem

    You see this Machloikes? Do you think it is just going to disappear? Although we wish it would, it is likely to only fester for a long time. Mr. W from Chicago. Your KANA’US is the root of the problem. YES, there is a problem with the reliability of cheap Mezuzos. And it is a good thing to EDUCATE people about this. If your video would have been simply to shine a light, educate, but not name and shame (which is not kosher to do!), then it would have all been OK. But Mr. W chose to NAME & SHAME… Read more »

    Raskin was lucky
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    Raskin was lucky

    Looks like 2 different batches of mezuzahs. The first 8 are quite decent with only maybe 2 or 3 real shalos. But the last 2 are pretty bad with blatant pesulim in the spacing. Imagine if it would be 8 of the bad and 2 of the good. Obviously there were many more then 2 bad ones sold by machon stam but only 2 of them ended up in this report. We get it, they are difficult to check you are doing your best and anyone can miss something in these cheap mezuzahs. we are not going to call you… Read more »

    Who ever wrote this is lacking the main point
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    Who ever wrote this is lacking the main point

    You cannot check a Mezuza over a picture taken from a video. Unless you have the original mezuzois and you check them in real life, this means absolutely nothing. Nothing. So go do some real checking. Maybe make your own video and stop making problems out of a picture.

    Fyi, doesnt matter good of a resolution the picture is, it only makes it worse. Your eye is suppose to see what its suppose tl see. Torah is not in a computer.

    Go Raskin. The only reliable, gd fearing sofer i know of.

    To Number 90
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    To Number 90

    Absolutely right.
    This outrageous zealousness stems from somewhere unholy, And is not constructive

    Collussion
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    Collussion

    For all of you that say that they colluded.
    Dont you think he would have sent better mezuzos to be posted? Or at least fixed them a little before publishing the video?
    Please!!

    I figured it out
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    I figured it out

    Wolf gets all or some of his mezuzahs and tefillin from raskin. He is a regular customer. He was sure there would be no issues in any of them because of machon stams always preaching higher standards of kashrus. He ran this test and didn’t scrutinize Raskin mezuzahs whether raskin new about it and was sure they would be fine or not is irrelevant. The point is he felt very sure that Raskins were perfect. And everyone else was selling the problematic ones. I am sure they are good friends and he may have had his friends best intrest in… Read more »

    Who checks the mezuzos in C.H.?
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    Who checks the mezuzos in C.H.?

    Nothing wrong with non mehudar mezuzos for mivtzoyim. But they need to be checked properly. You can’t expect one guy to check hundreds a day. No where else does it work this way. Not even Raskin has checkers who are certified ( I asked). THE LACK OF REGULATION IS A בושה. Anyone can do whatever they want. In no other place can just any bocher, kollel guy or failed teacher be entrusted to check mezuzos. You need to learn for 3 years and take a separate test for הגהה (examination of stam) which is a lot more difficult and requires… Read more »

    Wow!
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    Wow!

    Rabbi Yitzchok Raskin had ZERO to do with this other than fill an order if 10 mivtzoyim mezuzos!
    Saying otherwise is being מוציא שם רע (for real this time) and evil.

    Shame
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    Shame

    The jealous person who did this is a low life, no wonder he won’t sign his name. And for the record half of lubavitch are second cousins, in the large families we have second cousins are barley related. I don’t know 90% of my second cousins names.

    To 95
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    To 95

    In truth I agree with you 100% But he is ruining everybody else’s reputation with images and now they are trying to apply the same scrutiny to machon stam and now all of a sudden images are not good anymore. Wouldn’t it have been nice if everybody would have come out together and said that, and perhaps insisted to get an unbiased checking done because we can’t judge all the problems that wolf is saying that were found by everybody else because he is proving with images?!? If we can’t trust the images then it’s his word against everybody else’s… Read more »

    Names
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    Names

    So in one video we have someone making an announcement with his name, the name of the Sofer and it takes Collive time to do due diligence before releasing findings (only after the person is brought to beis din do they publish)

    Claim #2 We have no name, no person standing behind the statements, nobody to sue for Motze Shem Ra, and Collive has no problem publishing.

    Objective news most definitely. You guys should be ashamed of yourselves.

    (please don’t tell me low resolutions pictures are enough to have each person judge for themselves….)

    To 102
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    To 102

    No.
    He had them checked with two eye witness. Two sofrim. The images he posted are just for refrence so people can what he is talking about. But the actual checking cannot be done through images.

    Tha fact is, that raskin’s stam are much better and better cheked. Even they have issues. Everything has potential issues. The others or at least most of the others, were straight out posul.
    At least raskin tries to make them good.

    Maybe just Maybe...
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    Maybe just Maybe...

    Raskin had nothing to do with all this

    Raskin was attacked for nothing

    Raskin is honest and a yorei shomayim unlike some others (who may appear to be……)

    Raksin actually cares about his customers getting 100% kosher Stam

    Raskin deserves an apology by col

    Something to think about.

    Worthy to note
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    Worthy to note

    In the first collive article mdw did not reveal the sofer.

    Maybe just maybe
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    Maybe just maybe

    Raskin had nothing to do with this Someone who saw this whole organized slander attack and knew halacha looked over the video and saw obvious problems that that the even poor quality pictures revealed That person wanted to warn the community that all cheaper mezuzos are compromised in quality and Raskin is not a miracle worker who sells hundred dollar mezuzos for 42 dollars That the integrity of the original slander is compromised by the 2 sofrim ignoring these obvious problems All of the maligned individuals and Raskin recommend buying more expensive mezuzos when possible Those who sell mivtzoim mezuzos… Read more »

    At comment 95
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    At comment 95

    Why the double standard?
    Is it ok so passel a mezuzah from a picture or not ?
    Is only raskin mezuzos immune from scrutiny through pictures ?
    Or it it only ok when someone passels raskin’s competition?
    Please Make up your mind !!!

    Level of discourse
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    Level of discourse

    In persuit of a mitzvah, it’s sad how low the level of discourse is. It seems like people are creating a “theory” (sincerity, consipracy, hidden agenda, etc) and then treating it as “fact”. Well, just because it’s your theory DOESN’T make it fact! Read all the comments (here and on the other websites) and try to follow a common thread – look for a real “truth”. You can’t find it. The arguments are all over the place. Here’s one example, People who deny Wolf’s finding on the 7 stores are now attacking Raskin – saying he’s “as bad as the… Read more »

    Fake news
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    Fake news

    I looked through the first 25 mezuzahs and from the blurry pictures almost all of them looked kosher and a few others you really can’t see there but if your pissulim are touching letters that are clearly not touching and a daled that doesn’t have anything sticking out the back which the alter rebbe says is kosher lichatchila then you should find something real to worry about

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