Written by Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Wolf, Chicago, IL
Let’s start with who I am and why I started this project:
Those who know me know that I have always been involved with Mivtza Mezuzah. When I was in Brunoy, I personally took down all the Mezuzos, had them checked and put them back up. I did the same in Montreal camp, Cincinnati Yeshiva, and camp Chayolei. As you can see, everywhere I went I was always involved with Mezuzos.
In the past few years I have been involved in educating the local Chicago synagogue gift shops about Kosher Stam. While meeting with the gift shop volunteers I stumbled on a sad reality. Some of the big wholesale suppliers of Pasul Mezuzos are Frum Yidden.
In Boro Park you have a store called Klein Brother Judaica ran by Moshe Klein. This store sells 1000’s of Pasul Stam across the country. They claim its 100% kosher but it sure isn’t (selling a Mezuzah at $19). I went to confront this man, he shut the door on me after saying “B’dieveddike Yidden can use these Mezuzos”.
When I exposed this to the conservative movement, they were shocked. A man with a beard is lying to them. Sadly, he isn’t the only one. Zevi Sheinberger from Ramot, ER”Y, runs a Judaica scheme called Ramot Judaica. He sells to many of the online Judaica stores wholesale at $13 a Mezuzah and claiming its Kosher, and checked twice! See attached some of the Mezuzos he sold to an online Judaica store who reached out to me.
As you see, I spend much of my time helping people check their Mezuzos, and educating them about the issues in the Mezuzah market.
One thing always bothered me very much, we have this problem among our own in Chabad. I knew for many years the issues in Crown Heights Stam. I Spoke to many Rabbonim and Sofrim who all agreed this problem is serious. No one did anything about it.
After consulting with a Rav and a Mashpia, I took the step of releasing an in-depth video. Many are trying to discredit the work by pointing out that Rabbi Raskin is my second cousin. My friends, I worked with this issue before that store was even open! I have no interest in promoting stores, I am educating the public. You can choose to deny the reality.
The stores have tried a few angles. They tried a Din Torah, but then gave up when they see they have no case. They tried to claim that Machon Stam planned this when there is no truth to that. They have tried to discredit my report because Rabbi Raskin is my second cousin. They tried to warp Rabbi Veiner’s Psak about these Halachik Shalos. They tried to say, that they rely on lenient opinions… Can someone please tell me which opinion holds a Niggiah is Kosher? or that missing Taggim is still L’chatchila? Or that when a child reads it as two words when its one it’s still kosher?