Checkers Find Cross On Mezuzah, Only 40% Are Kosher


largest-mezuzahSome Chabad representatives are  helping Israelis prepare for Rosh Hashanah by offering to check mezuzos. Young Chabad men told Channel 2 that they found an extreme case of a mezuzah not suitable for use this year. The mezuzah was found to contain the usual verse – but with Christian crosses drawn on various parts of the klaf, including on the name of Hashem.

“You need to be ‘more pious than the Pope’ to open a mezuzah, draw crosses on it, and return it to its place,” one said. The family that owned the mezuzah was completely unaware of the issue, he explained.

Overall, the volunteers have found that just 40 percent of the mezuzahs they check are “kosher,” suitable for use. In 11 percent of cases, mezuzah covers are found not to contain a klaf inside.

Another 14 percent contain klaf that have faded or become damaged with time but which volunteers are able to repair. Four percent of mezuzos checked this year have been found to be fake, a decrease in comparison with previous years.

{Arutz Sheva/Yair Israel}