Construction: Closing up a door or window

 

Closing off a window or door:[1]

One may not completely [and permanently[2]] close off a window or door, being that demons use openings to enter and exit and hence can lead to danger. Rather one must leave a small hole in the area. [The custom is to place a hollow tin can that is open from both ends within an area of the window or door, and the remaining area may then be closed up.[3] So was the custom of the Tzemach Tzedek.[4]

 

 

Q&A

How large must the hole be?[5]

The hole can be of any size.

 

May one place a cover over the hole:[6]

Yes. The hole may be covered over by any material that can be easily removed, so long as the hole remains hollow inside.

 

May one completely close up a door or window if there is another exit adjacent to it?[7]

No.[8]

 

May one close a window or door if he plans to leave it closed for a very long time?[9]

Yes.

 

May one close up a window or door if he does not destroy the door frames from the area?

Some[10] write this is allowed.

 

May one demolish a building and then rebuild a new project with different areas of windows and doors?

The Sefer Chassidim[11] writes that his warning applies even in such a case, and hence one must be careful not to change the areas of the doors and windows, and to rebuild all the doors and windows that existed in the first building. Nevertheless, the custom is not to be stringent in such a case, and rather the doors and windows are rebuilt in whatever manner one desires.[12]

 

 


[1] Tzavah Yehuda Hachassid 20; Sefer Chassidim 461; 1146; brought in Kaf Hachaim 116/122

[2] However one may completely close off an opening for temporary basis, such as to close a window or door of a room, even if he plans to leave it closed for a very long time.

[3] Shivim Temarim 23 p. 60; Shemiras Hanefesh p. 15

[4] Shivim Temarim 23 p. 60

[5] Shemiras Hanefesh p. 15; Shivim Temarim 23 p. 60

[6] Shivim Temarim 23 p. 60

[7] Sefer Chassidim 461; 1146

[8] The reason: As angels and demons only have permission to use a specific exit. [ibid]

[9] Shivim Temarim 23 p. 60

[10] Shemiras Hanefesh p. 15

[11] Sefer Chassidim 461

[12] Mila Dechasidusa 461; Makor Chesed 461

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