Mezuzah Scandal: Rabbi Veiner Clarifies
Rabbi Veiner of Eretz Yisroel, whose Halachik response was used to justify claims of Posul Mezuzos being sold on Kingston Ave, clarifies his letter. In his clarification, he distances himself from any conclusions made on the mezuzos.
Moshe Wolf of Chicago, who broke the alleged mezuzah scandal, had released a Halachik response from Rabbi Veiner of Eretz Yisroel in which he states some things that might make a mezuzah posul. The question-answer formatted response, discussed such things as cracked and malformed letters. The response was used by Moshe Wolf to justify his claim that the mezuzos sold were not kosher.
Rabbi Veiner, a leading figure in STaM and author of a book on the subject, released a statement VIA email in response. In it, he distances himself from any conclusions made on the mezuzos. He clarifies that his original letter discusses the halachos, and were not made in connection with the mezuzos in question.
The following response was sent to a Sofer in Crown Heights who asked Rabbi Veiner to clarify his stance on the alleged scandal.
האיש משיקגו שאל אותי שאלות בהלכה – ואני עניתי לו מה הדין.
אני לא צד וחלק בענין של הויכוח על החנויות והמזוזות וכו’, ולא ידעתי בכלל מה כוונתו בשאלות ששאל. ולא פסקתי שום פסק על איזה מזוזה וכו’.
אינני רואה צורך להתערב (כי אינני במקום) או להתנצל. דרכי לענות לשואלים אותי בדבר הלכה.
זה שהוא מנפנף בזה (אם עושה כן) – יכול כבודו לפרסם שאין בדברי כלום ביחס לויכוח על המזוזות והחנויות.
The person from Chicago asked me questions in halacha – and I responded what is the Din.
I am not on any side and take no part in the dispute regarding the stores and the mezuzahs etc.. I did not at all know what his intentions were when he asked me those questions. I did not pasken on any Mezuzah etc.
I see no reason to get involved (because i am not there) or to apologize. My custom is to answer those that ask me in halacha.
This that he is showing my words (if he is doing so) – your honor can make public that my words are in no way relevant to the dispute regarding the mezuzahs and the stores.