FAQ

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Frequently asked questions

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What is STAM?

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STAM is an acronym for Sifrei Torah, tefilin and mezuzos. A Sofer STAM is a ritual scribe who writes these religious articles (also Megilos and Nevi’im) using traditional methods and materials. Besides learning the calligraphic technique used to write the letters, a Sofer STAM must memorize the many thousands of laws that govern the shapes of the letters and the way they are written.

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Do you check mezuzos?

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No. I am only certified to write STAM. As noted in Purchasing STAM: part 3, the certification for checking STAM covers a wider range of source material and involves significant additional training.

Q.

Can you recommend someone who can check my mezuzos?

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Maybe. As a result of some experiences with recommendations I’ve made in the past, I am no longer able to recommend any magi’ah that I don’t have positive personal experience with. There is a short list of people I currently rely on for my own work, but it does change from time to time. Contact me to discuss options.

Q.

I found a mistake/damage in a Sefer Torah/megila/navi. Can you fix it?

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I can do small touch-ups on local Sifrei Torah, nevi'im and megilos — usually free of charge. More elaborate work will incur a modest fee. Extensive corrections to a badly damaged sefer are outside my area of expertise and should be brought to a professional magi’ah.

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I’m moving tomorrow. Can you sell me 15 mezuzos right now?

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Although on rare occasions I may have a few mezuzos in stock, the vast majority of my work is made-to-order. Assuming I have no other pressing obligations, I can usually write 1-2 mezuzos a day. I do have a gemach with a limited number of mezuzos that I can lend out as a temporary solution while I write your mezuzos, but the loaner mezuzos are not always available. The best course of action would be to order the mezuzos well in advance to avoid complications.

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My son will start putting on tefilin in 3 months. Is that enough time to order a pair of tefilin?

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I can write a set of parshi’os in under a week (assuming there are no other orders with looming deadlines); however I do not make the batim myself, and I can’t guarantee they can be ready on such short notice. A good rule-of-thumb is to order tefilin 6-9 months in advance. 12 months is even better.

Q.

Can I buy parshi’os from you and get batim elsewhere?

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Absolutely. Most of the well-known batim manufacturers would be happy to put together a pair of tefilin with third-party parshi’os. See Purchasing STAM: part 5 for information about choosing a batim- and retzu’os-supplier.

Q.

I need a pair of tefilin right now. Do you have a pair I can borrow?

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I do not have an extra pair of tefilin at this time.

Q.

I want to compare prices, but I don’t see any prices listed on your Products page. Why not?

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The prices can fluctuate based on currency exchange rates, quantities, and other options. Contact me privately and I would be happy to give you a price quote.

Q.

I have a question that’s not answered in this FAQ. What do I do?

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Go to the Contact page to send me an email — I’d be happy to answer any question I can. If your question is not too obscure I can even add it to this FAQ for future reference.

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