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additional uses for a sephardi sefer torah case


Rabbi David Sperling

Nisan 4, 5774
Recently a friend of mine came over to my apt in a fairly haredi neighborhood in Eretz Yisrael. He brought with him a wooden Sephardi Sefer Torah case. My friend obtained it from a local shul who had received a new case and no longer required the old item. My question is le’miasah what, if any, other purposes does this case have? Could I store a Tallis and Tefilin in it, as they are also objects of Kadosh? What additional Halacha are important to note if I continue to posses this object? Thanks
Shalom, Thank you for your interesting question. The Shulchan Aruch (Orach Haim 154,3) rules that the case that the Sefer Torah sits in has a level of holiness, and as such it needs to be put in "geniza" (that is a respectable burying of holy objects). Because the level of holiness of a Sefer Torah is very high, the case also has a high level of holiness, therefore you cannot now lower it to use it for a lower level of holiness, such as Tallit and Tefilin. So, in answer to your question – you can either use the old Sefer Torah cover for another Torah, or you should put it in the geniza. Blessings.
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