By COLlive reporter
Questions are being raised about the accuracy and objectivity of the controversial expose that accused Crown Heights vendors of selling poor quality and even non-kosher Mezuzos.
The expose by Chicago residents R’ Moshe Dovid Wolf and sofer R’ Binyomin Rosenbaum concluded that out of 8 vendors of Sifrei Torah, Tefillin and Mezuzos (“Stam”), only one was to be relied upon.
But a new document questions the findings that the Mezuzos sold by Machon Stam, owned by Rabbi Yitzchok Raskin, were indeed 100% kosher as Wolf and Rosenbaum concluded.
The document, sent to COLlive.com but whose authors asked not to be identified, points to 49 errors found in the same Machon Stam mezuzos checked by the expose.
Among the issues found were spacing, misformed letters, touching crowns above the letters, a letter written according to the Beis Yosef while the rest was written according to Arizal.
Since Wolf released his expose in a video that was widely shared on social media, some have been asking how can it be that all of Machon Stam’s mezuzos were deemed unquestionably kosher according to all halacha rulings.
COLlive.com reached out to Rabbi Raskin and Machon Stam for comment.
R’ Moshe Dovid Wolf said in response that his family relation to Raskin (they are second cousins) did not influence his research and that “These findings in Machon Stam’s mezuzos are not even worth my time to address. It’s just someone attempting to undermine the issue and make as if this video wasn’t genuine and was a promo for Machon Stam which it is not.”
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