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Sofrim Unite In Online Forum

Sofrim - scribes from around the world have been coming together via an online forum developed by Melbourne sofer Rabbi Eli Gutnick. Full Story

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Rabbi Gutnick
July 15, 2014 3:44 pm

Rabbi Gutnick is wonderful! thank you.

...I agree that there is a conflict of interest...
May 26, 2013 11:29 pm

when selling to the same person who brought their mezuzos to be checked by you. As a sofer in a small town I never pressure anyone to buy from me and I always show them exactly what I found wrong and why i have an issue and if it requires she’elas rav, i send them to their own rabbi of thier shul. How can one be mekpid on hiddurim, if you have tzuras ho’oisios, and its kosher, you must say its kosher. You cannot al pi halacha, be mehader on someone elses cheshbon, ‘Chas al Momonam shel Yisrael’. Of course… Read more »

to #4
May 26, 2013 3:23 pm

no they wont offer to sell them a new one, they will exchange it or give a refund

the most important thing is for a sofer to be a mentch
May 26, 2013 9:55 am

I will never forget a terrible experience I had with a supposedly reputable senior sofer who sold me mezuzos that were later found to have problems, so I went back to him for a refund and he was so nasty about it. So I took it to a rov who said it was possul and when I went back to him hE started yelling and saying terrible things about this respected rov. So I took it to a few other sofrim and rabannim and everyone said it was problematic but he was still so obnoxious about it, I was so… Read more »

To # 9 (and # 4)
May 26, 2013 9:14 am

You must be from Crown Heights. And you are correct. Unfortunately there is a BIG problem in Crown Heights where there is a lot of fragmentation between different groups of sofrim and it is not uncommon for sofrim to passel each others schoirah (or at least find problems). This is due to both lack of rabbinical involvement (none of the CH rabbonim pasken on stam) and also a high proportion of sofrim are not properly trained and make up their own hiddurim and chumros as well as the opposite r”l. As a result the customers get burned because they buy… Read more »

much needed idea
May 26, 2013 7:57 am

Well done, I believe if run properly this has potential to be an excellent resource.

A Forum member
May 26, 2013 6:20 am

To #3 – No, anyone can join but obviously if you don’t have a strong interest or knowledge in stam it may be a bit too technical.

Eli's Chavrusa
May 26, 2013 2:21 am

Rabbi Eli Gutnick is always ahead of the game, keep up your good work

senor
May 26, 2013 2:13 am

keep up the graet work

Nice guy
May 26, 2013 12:13 am

When i was becoming frum some years ago i went to rav eli gutnick to buy rabbenu tam tefillin but i couldnt really afford them. Rabbi gutnick said just take them and pay when you can. Dont know too many folks who would do a thing like that

#4 honest vs hounest.
May 25, 2013 10:40 pm

If there is a spelling mistake in the mezuza will they also not offer him a new one?

Meshuga meshuga ober…

To Number 4
May 25, 2013 10:20 pm

Unfortunately the real scandal is when STa”M is written by unqualified and self taught sofrim who make a mockery of Halacha and Daas Torah.

It is unfathomable that in today’s day and age there is Sta”m being sold that are written by sofrim without ksav kaballah (certification / accreditation). Would you go to a doctor who was not properly trained and accredited?

Unfortunately it is Today’s sofrim, many who are B”H properly trained and accredited by Mishmeres Stam and other recognized institutions that are left to clean up the mess.

to #4
May 25, 2013 10:19 pm

You stand correct! I never understood how these scribes (well now I know some DO NOT) can check your STAM and then show you why XYZ is not Mehudor and then inform you that they got better ones to offer for $$$$ I would stricly reccomend NEVER BUY from the same scribe that checks your STAM just a MAJOR conflict of intrest !! ( I was told that if you BUY today 5 mezuzos and keep them in a SAFE and go back to Same person 1 year later he will show you issues and try to resell you new… Read more »

Melbournian
May 25, 2013 9:19 pm

Shkoyach R’ Eli.
Keep up the good work you do here

Rabbi Moshe Weiner
May 25, 2013 7:09 am

Apologies for omitting Rabbi Moshe Weiner, author of Osiyos Harav, in the article. Thank you for answering so many of the shailos posted on the forum.

Know him and family.
May 25, 2013 6:24 am

I personally know Rabbi Eli Gutnick he is an exceptional person in all respects. What he’s doing is wonderful!
Blessings to go MayChail El Choyil.

Rabbi Gutnick is an excellent Sofer!!
May 25, 2013 5:30 am

Melbourne is lucky to have him! He is so easily approachable – takes his work seriously and earnestly!!
May there be more Sofrim like Eli Gutnick!

Hounest Sofrim
May 24, 2013 7:25 pm

I believe only Rabbi Zirkind and his original Talmidim will never sell a new mezuza or Tfillin to the same person they checked its the biggest scandel todays sofrim check and find issues and offer to sell them new ones!!

Do you need to be a sofer to join the blog?
May 24, 2013 4:11 pm
Wow.
May 24, 2013 3:24 pm

Thank you, can’t wait to become a Sofer

annoynmous
May 24, 2013 1:56 pm

Rabbi Gutnick,

How innovative and important. Our mezuzos, tefillin, and especially Sifrei Torah are the foundation of our lives. They need to be kosher in every respect.

Kol Hakovod.

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