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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
Rabbi Gutnick
6 years ago

Rabbi Gutnick is wonderful! thank you.

...I agree that there is a conflict of interest...
...I agree that there is a conflict of interest...
7 years ago

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
to #4
7 years ago

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
the most important thing is for a sofer to be a mentch
7 years ago

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)
To # 9 (and # 4)
7 years ago

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
much needed idea
7 years ago

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

A Forum member
A Forum member
7 years ago

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
Eli's Chavrusa
7 years ago

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

senor
senor
7 years ago

keep up the graet work

Nice guy
Nice guy
7 years ago

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.
#4 honest vs hounest.
7 years ago

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

Meshuga meshuga ober…

To Number 4
To Number 4
7 years ago

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
to #4
7 years ago

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
Melbournian
7 years ago

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

Rabbi Moshe Weiner
Rabbi Moshe Weiner
7 years ago

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.
Know him and family.
7 years ago

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!!
Rabbi Gutnick is an excellent Sofer!!
7 years ago

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
Hounest Sofrim
7 years ago

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?
Do you need to be a sofer to join the blog?
7 years ago
Wow.
Wow.
7 years ago

Thank you, can’t wait to become a Sofer

annoynmous
annoynmous
7 years ago

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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