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Wanted: Contractor for Secret Installation in Israel and Sofer Stam

From a report in the Washington Post about a secret installation being built in Israel by the U.S.: (HT: Haaretz)

The Corps offered a lengthy description of the mezuzas the contractor is to provide “for each door or opening exclusive of toilets or shower rooms” in the Site 911 building. A mezuza (also spelled mezuzah) is a parchment which has been inscribed with Hebrew verses from the Torah, placed in a case and attached to a door frame of a Jewish family’s house as a sign of faith. Some interpret Jewish law as requiring — as in this case — that a mezuza be attached to every door in a house.

These mezuzas, notes the Corps, “shall be written in inerasable ink, on . . . uncoated leather parchment” and be handwritten by a scribe “holding a written authorization according to Jewish law.” The writing may be “Ashkenazik or Sepharadik” but “not a mixture” and “must be uniform.”

Also, “The Mezuzahs shall be proof-read by a computer at an authorized institution for Mezuzah inspection, as well as manually proof-read for the form of the letters by a proof-reader authorized by the Chief Rabbinate.” The mezuza shall be supplied with an aluminum housing with holes so it can be connected to the door frame or opening. Finally, “All Mezuzahs for the facility shall be affixed by the Base’s Rabbi or his appointed representative and not by the contractor staff.”

American tax dollars hard at work.

3 Responses to “Wanted: Contractor for Secret Installation in Israel and Sofer Stam”

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    1) Agreed with your wry observation about “American tax dollars hard at work.” America – that is to say, taxpayers – should not be paying for this, nor should we be paying for countless other such projects both in and out of America.

    2) Only a left-wing Jew, like Walter Pincus, could have written this garbage. First, it is not a question of “some” onterpreting Jewish law to require a mezuzah – it is absolutely universal. He could have said, had he been intelligent, that some interpret the Torah to require mezuzahs. But despite the literal meaning of the word, “the Torah” and “Jewish law” are no more synonoymous than the U.S. Constitution and the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations are.

    3) Only a left wing Jew would focus three whole paragraphs on mezuzuahs, which are of minor interest to orthodox Jews, and trivial to anyone else.

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    Menachem Mendel:

    Most of the article had nothing to do with the mezuzot, and I am not familiar with Walter Pincus’s writings so I can’t comment on his political views.

  3. 3

    True that most of the article had nothing to do with mezuzahs, but three whole paragraphs? That’s a lot of copy. IfAnd the issue is not on what trivial detail the money is being spent, but that we are giving the money at all.




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