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1. Hemnik 2. Midos sheha'Torah Nidreshes ba'Hem 3. מדות שהתורה נדרשת בהן

chaim segal asked:

How wide exactly is the split to make possel? Is it possel all days?

chaim segal, israel

The Kollel replies:

Dear Chaim,

This is discussed in Shulchan Aruch 645:7 and Mishna Brurah there: "If the separated sides look like two (leaves) it is pasul".

It is very difficult to describe the Psul of Hemnik. Basically, Rishonim describe the break to be like a "fork" in its width (i.e. that the leaves are pointing in different directions). And if it is separated in that way for even a Mashehu (minute) length it may be Pasul. (This is besides the Psul of Nechleka, where the middle leaf is split a certain length even if not noticeable.)

The accepted opinion is that the Psul of Hemnik is only on the first day (although there is an opinion which forbids for all 7 days).

All the best

Reuven Weiner