14 Shvat 5781 / Wednesday, January 27, 2021 | Torah Reading: Beshalah
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A Mezuzah Anthology

The story with this Mezuzah is absolutely fascinating, as it shows the great power it contains.
The son of Mr. M.S. was complaining of headaches and sharp pain in the eyes. When he went to the doctor for a checkup, he was advised to see an eye specialist at once. After a thorough examination by the eye doctor, he was told that his son would need to be operated on immediately; otherwise he would lose his sight in one eye. The operation was set for the next day.
M.S. called his Rov and asked that they say Tehillim for his son in shul and pray for a refuah shleimoh. The Rov told him to have his Mezuzot checked at once. M.S. said that he had already had all his Mezuzot checked just recently, and they all turned out to be fine. The Rov told him to at least take off the one by his son's bedroom and have it checked again.
That same night, the father took off the Mezuzah and brought it to the sofer. He asked him to check it very carefully. Fifteen minutes later, Mr. M.S. got a call from the sofer that the Mezuzah was posul.
The very next morning, the father bought the very best Mezuzah that money could buy and put it up on the door. That very same day, at approximately 2:00 P.M., he brought his son to the hospital for a final checkup before having the operation. He was extremely nervous and edgy. Imagine his great surprise and exhilaration when the doctor came out of the examination room to inform him that he had decided not to operate as yet. He had noticed a small change for the better and decided to wait a few more days and see what would happen.
A week passed, and to the great surprise of the doctor, the headaches disappeared and the eye healed completely. Even the doctor admitted that it was an open miracle. There was no other rational explanation.
Here is a reproduction of the Mezuzah. When you see this mistake it will really boggle your mind.

When Mr. L.W.'s house was robbed for the second time he decided to have his Mezuzot checked. The Mezuza he had affixed to his front door appears below. A quick glance at it and you will see at once why it offered no protection.


When I told this story to Rabbi David Shiinborsky, an expert sofer himself, he was quick to tell me that the very same thing happened to him. His story goes as follows:

"When I rented my second-floor office on 13th Avenue and 48th St. I had a robbery the very first Shabbos, I immediately put in an alarm system, gates on the windows and, of course - being a sofer -I also checked the Mezuzot but found nothing wrong. The previous owners told me that they had also had a series of robberies at the store. Unfortunately, the next week my office was broken into again, and this time the thieves even broke the alarm box. I then realized that in my haste to check the Mezuzot I had forgotten to check the very outside door. Sure enough, when I now checked that one I found it was posul. I replaced it at once. Boruch Hashem, more than a year has passed, and we've had no more break-ins." Here is the Mezuzah.




Here's a story that was told by Rabbi Chaim Vital, the famed student of the Ari HaKodosh, and which can be found in his Sefer HaGilgulim.

Many a time the Ari HaKodosh would send his prized student, Rabbi Chaim Vital on important missions in order to help people who had various problems or were possessed with ruchos and mazikim (harmful or destructive spirits). Rabbi Chaim Vital would, of course, use the secret methods of kabbala handed down to him by his revered master in order to expel these destructive forces from the person's home. When Rabbi Chaim would ask the mazikim how they were able to gain entry into the house, they would point to the door with the posul Mezuzah. "It is through this door that we were able to get in here."

This story should serve as a scary and frightening lesson as to what can chas v'sholom happen if the mezuzos are not in good condition. After all, it comes to us straight from the source - the mazikim themselves!


Little Yossi was a sweet and cute-looking infant. Yet, when more than two years had passed and the child still hadn't learned how to talk, the parents decided to take him to their pediatrician. After a thorough checkup, the doctor could not find anything wrong and assured the parents that the child would soon begin to speak. As more than another year passed, and still there was no progress, they became very concerned and decided to consult a specialist. After a complete checkup and many tests, the specialist was also unable to find the cause of the problem. Six more months passed, yet the child didn't utter a single word. All day his mother would hold him in her arms, smile at him, and make all sorts of sounds, in the hope that he would thereby imitate her. Yet not a sound came out of his mouth. The parents were panicking and becoming more desperate from day to day.

One night, the father went to his Rebbe and poured out his heart. It was filled with fear and worry. The Rebbe advised him to have his Mezuzot checked at once. The very next day he took off all his Mezuzot and brought them to an expert sofer. This is the Mezuzah that was on his little Yossi's door.  


Yossi's father immediately ran to buy a good Mezuzah and put it on the door. Imagine his great joy, when two days later his son began to talk. Just a coincidence, you say?  


 Young Moishe would wake up every night and run into his parent's room. He kept having nightmares and was afraid to go to sleep. This continued for more than three years. In desperation, the parents took Moishe to a psychologist, but it didn't do any good. In fact, the nightmares were getting worse, and it was affecting the child's health. He wasn't able to concentrate on his studies and began showing signs of great nervousness. The parents even brought him to a psychiatrist who gave him some medication that proved useless.

A friend of theirs suggested that they have their Mezuzot checked out. "But we already have." said the father, "and they're all okay." It was months later that the father decided to have them checked again. They were shocked by what they found.

A new Mezuzah was put on, and Moishe hasn't had a single nightmare since. This story left the parents in total shock, and to this very day they are grateful to the sofer for having found the mistake.  
The following true story comes from Rabbi Yitzchok Scherman, a Rebbi at Yeshiva Torah Temimah. Here's how he tells it:

"A child in my first grade class was experiencing numerous recurrences of strep throat and had been placed on medication each time. I questioned the father as to the strange frequency of this returning illness. His answer was simply that the doctor said some young children are just very susceptible.
"After several months of this by now routinely recurring illness, the father came and informed me that his daughter had just been diagnosed as having Kawasaki disease - a strange rare illness. Never having heard of a disease named Kawasaki, I was bewildered and questioned him some more. He told me that the pediatrician Dr. Shulman, a well-known diagnostician in the neighborhood, also claimed this to be only her second time diagnosing a patient with this rare disease."The father, quite perplexed, mentioned the story to the Debreciner Rov", a prominent rov and world-renowned posek in Boro Park. He suggested that the Mezuzot be checked. The father did not immediately heed his recommendation as he had checked all the Mezuzot in his home just several months earlier. He then mentioned the incident to the rov of his own shul, who also suggested that he have his Mezuzot checked. Now that two rabbonim had made the same suggestion, he decided, indeed, to check his Mezuzot.

"'Much to his bewilderment, the Mezuzah in his living room, which was adjacent to a hanging wall photo of both his son and daughter, was inadvertently placed on the wall UPSIDE DOWN'. Surprised at this finding, he returned it to its correct position."Just one day later, the routine blood test was taken again, only to be diagnosed as having completely expelled the disease from the body. The child was healed."


  Yanki had broken his hand twice, less than six months after his Bar Mitzvah. Once he fell off his bike, and the second time he slipped down a flight of stairs. He had his Mezuzot checked and all was okay. After breaking his left hand the second time, his father decided to check the Tefillin. The sofer checked the Tefilin but found nothing wrong. Just to be positively sure, he sent the Tefillin to the Vaad Mishmeres STaM for a computer check. Sure enough there was an incorrect letter in the text which the sofer had failed to pick up.

These pair of Tefillin (see below) were worn by Mr. M.B. of Boro Park for twenty-four years. He had them checked a few times, but no one found the error. In fact, he had given them into 5 seforim stores, just four weeks back, and he had been assured that all was fine, although the parshiyos were not so mehudor. Mr. M.B. was having great difficulty with his breathing and had to be hospitalized. He had gone to many doctors, but no one could pinpoint his trouble. Things were getting very bad and his health continued to deteriorate. Meanwhile, he had ordered a new set of beautiful parshiyos from Israel. When they arrived, he went to Rabbi Shimborsky to have him put the parshiyos into his old Tefillin. After Rabbi Shimborsky replaced the parshiyos he decided to check over the old ones to see if he could still use them. Imagine his surprise when he saw that they were, after all, posul. He immediately called Mr. M.B. and told him to put on his Tefillin that very day, because his old ones were in fact posul to begin with. Ever since Mr. M.B. has been wearing the new pair he has been feeling much better.


T.L. had suffered two mild heart attacks and had given his Mezuzot a thorough check after each attack yet they all seemed to be fine. No sofer seemed to find any problem. When he heard about the new Vaad computer check he brought the Mezuzah in right away to be checked again. He nearly had his third heart attack when he saw what the computer had found! It was utterly amazing.

The following story was told in the recently published book Confessions of a Jewish Cult Buster.
Several years ago young Ronnie H. was wooed away from his ancestral heritage by a notoriously evil-spirited cult. Naturally, Ronnie's parents sought every possible means to rescue their son. Thanks to the daring and dedication of a young Rabbi, Ronnie was eventually rescued. 

During Ronnie's subsequent period of detoxification," his parents traveled to Israel, where they sought the advice of a Kabbalist, Rabbi Elazar Abuchatzeira. The revered Rabbi told them that, upon returning home, they should check their front door Mezuzoh. The Mezuzah proved to be defective in the first line of the Sh'ma, which reads, "Sh'ma Yisroel... Hashem Echad (One)". The top right part of the daled had been broken off and appeared as the letter resh. Thus the word Echad (One) read ocher meaning "other", i.e., another god. Not long after replacing the invalid Mezuzah, Ronnie became his old self again. He returned to his heritage and yeshiva studies, and today lives a religious Jewish life.
As I sat, writing down these stories, my phone rang. A good friend of mine called with some sad news. His mother, who is currently visiting Israel, suddenly had a stroke and was in the hospital. He needed a sofer to check out her Mezuzot at once. His parents live in New Jersey. I gave him the number of a sofer who makes house calls. The next evening the sofer called me to relate that he had just returned from New Jersey and had not found a single kosher Mezuzah on any of the doors. Some had deteriorated beyond repair, while others were never kosher to begin with.This, by the way, is extremely common with Mezuzot which are written on specially coated parchment. The sofer coats them in order to make his writing much easier. Yet these Mezuzot have a very short life span.

Unfortunately, many people have these Mezuzot on their doors. What a cruel hoax on the consumer!

I do hope that in the merit of the beautiful new Mezuzot he has put on the doors, his mother will have a refuah shleimah.

(Taken from: http://www.campsci.com/mezuzah/mzpart1.htm)


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