the direction of Rabbi
Yerachmiel Askotzky a certified sofer, scribe, examiner and batim
expert, is a full service center for all your Torah, tefillin, mezuzah
and megillah needs.
STAM with the highest standards, with the best kashrus assurance and at
the most reasonable and competitive prices.
see the rabbinical recommendations
and testimonials page for some of the letters we have received from
satisfied customers and rabbis worldwide.
services to individuals, rabbis, synagogues, schools, institutions and
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writing projects (an excellent fundraiser and community/institution
unifier) Read about our "Tree of Life" program kit that will provide
you with everything you'll need to organize and implement a successful
Community and school tefillin and/or mezuzah checking campaigns
and unique fundraising, dedication and gift ideas
your Torah needs such as machine and hand embroidered Torah covers,
wood and silver Torah rollers, sterling silver crowns, breastplates
and pointers, Sephardic Torah cases all direct from Israel
from the finest and most experienced manufacturers in the business!
designed embroidery. Work with our designer to create your unique Torah
cover and more
ordered megillah cases and Torah ornaments from our master wood craftsmen
and silversmiths. Work with them to create your exquisite, one of a
kind, heirloom piece
tefillin and mezuzahs meeting all budgets, customs and requests including
any hiddurim. The catalog is a basic
selection of popular STaM. If you don't see it please ask!
discounts for bulk orders and regular accounts. Contact us for details.
are many reasons to choose STAM! Please review the list below and browse
through the site. We feel confident that you will clearly see the advantages
even before contacting us! We are well known for our courteous, prompt,
honest and professional service! We anxiously wait to hear from you!
Our sofrim are all certified and experienced.
We know our sofrim personally. That means we
can personally vouch for their integrity! (Many US sources purchase 2nd
or 3rd hand and do not know the sofrim.)
Everything is examined by 2 certified and
experienced examiners. (Many sources only require the tefillin and
mezuzahs be checked by one examiner, which we consider negligent.)
- We don't just check the ksav to ensure that
it's kosher but that it should also meet the halachic standard corresponding
to its value.
All tefillin and mezuzahs are computer checked
for textual errors.
The level and value of mehudar tefillin and
mezuzahs cannot be classified based only on the halachic and aesthetic
appearance of the writing. While it is a very important factor, the type
of klaf and how the sofer and examiner make corrections is of equal
significance. This requires that the seller be familiar (in knowledge
and practically) with both the visible and non visible details. Based on
the aesthetic and halachic status of the visible writing we instruct the
sofrim to use the appropriate klaf and maintain certain correction
procedures and direct the examiners to check and fix accordingly. This
way we can faithfully gauge the correct standard of hiddur and hence the
value. (Unfortunately, this is not the standard procedure of most
We always impress upon our sofrim to improve.
Part of our process in vetting a sofer's reliability and worthiness is
if he's eager to improve his writing. Unfortunately, many sellers are
unable to help their sofrim grow due to lack of knowledge or because
they don't know the sofrim or because they don't care enough. Many
sofrim who come to us after writing for even years are suddenly made to
realize that improvements are required or at least recommended. Some are
aware but became complacent because no one urged them to improve and
others became so used to writing a certain way that they didn't realize
their mistakes or bad habits. From the moment a sofer contacts us, we
will review his writing and point out what requires improvement and will
continue to do if he works with us.
We carefully choose each pair of batim from
one of our reliable makers. We use only high quality, nicely finished,
gasos batim made under independent rabbinical supervision.
Tefillin are beautifully and correctly
assembled and sealed by one knowledgeable in the related halachah.
Parshios are never forced into the batim making them difficult to
extract and putting undue pressure on the lettering. The parshios are
also inserted to the proper depth so the fulfillment of the mitzvah is
not affected. (One may end up fulfilling the mitzvah at a minimal level
or even worse, even with the most mehudar parshios, due to them being
We use only high quality, all black, handmade
retzuos made under independent rabbinical supervision. Not all black
retzuos are available by request.
The kesher of the retzuah shel yad is fastened
to the side of bayis to ensure that it touches at all times. (This is
generally required only for Ashkenaz wrapping.)
With our extensive experience and shimush
under one of the leading poskim in STaM we pasken most shailahs. The few
shailos we are unable to answer are presented to one of the foremost
halachic authorities in the field of STaM.
are highly recommended by Rabbinical authorities worldwide
are an established (1989), recognized and respected source for all your
STaM needs, not just another nameless and "addressless" internet business.
You know exactly with whom you are dealing with and where to find us.
you purchase from STAM you are acquiring torahs, tefillin, mezuzahs
and megillahs made, written and assembled under our scrutiny and according
to our demands. Therefore, we know exactly what we are offering you
and can professionally assist you in making the correct purchase that
meets your needs and budget.
are committed exclusively to STaM and related Judaica enabling us to
concentrate our time and effort in offering STaM with the highest standards
and most reasonable prices.
cut out the middlemen by working directly with the sofrim, artists
and manufacturers bringing you considerable savings!
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is totally committed to the support of our Brethren in Israel! With
your purchase not only do you get STaM with the highest kashrus standards
within reason, pay a very reasonable price and get great service but
you also share in supporting Israel at this difficult time. More than
20 hands are involved in the creation of a pair of tefillin- meaning
that your tefillin purchase helps support more than 20 families in Israel!
STAM. Support Israel!
percentage of virtual and real purveyors of tefillin and mezuzahs have
minimal or no knowledge of the halachah, Jewish law, related to the merchandise
they provide. (Many sources that carry mezuzah cases also sell mezuzah
scrolls as a convenience for their customers. Unfortunately, as well meaning
as they are, the quality of these scrolls are often very poor and frequently
questionably kosher, if that.) Therefore, they must rely exclusively on
their suppliers. In addition, they cannot provide expert advice nor can
they verify the kashrus or quality of the merchandise they provide. Furthermore,
they do not know the sofrim personally and become another link in the
chain of suppliers. A potentially hazardous formula for questionable merchandise,
poor advice and high prices!
STAM. Buy Smart!