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Discarding MEZUZAH case

Question:

If a mezuzah case is used for a mezuzah which is wrapped in wax paper, and one wants to discard the mezuzah case. How should the mezuzah case be discarded? Remember the mezuzah case here is not protecting the mezuzah, the mezuzah is wrapped in wax paper and the case is covering that?

 

Answer:

A mezuza case needs to go into shaimos (genieza). This is even if there was a piece of wax paper surrounding the mezuza to protect it, and the case is not actually touching the mezuza itself. The reason is because the outer case is servicing the mezuza by beautifying it, therefore it is considered tashmishei kedusha and needs geneiza.

Sources:

M:B 154-14, Ginzei Hakodesh 6-21 in the name of R’ Elyashiv and R’ N. Karelitz zt”l.

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