I've heard that the Chafetz Chayim inspected each page of each printed copy of the Mishna B'rura to be sure that it was printed correctly (with no large ink splotches or the like).

  • Is there a reliable source for this fact?
  • Which printings of the Mishna B'rura — and other books, if any — did he do this to?
  • In the Kollel Yad Shaul in Johannesburg there was an old copy (from the turn of the 19th century, IIRC) of the Mishna Berura (Vol. 1 or 3) with מוגה written in the inside cover. – Danny Schoemann Jul 2 '15 at 14:15
  • @DannySchoemann, turn of the 19th century? – Noach MiFrankfurt Jul 3 '15 at 17:12
  • As in "when the 19th century was turning into the 20th". – Danny Schoemann Jul 5 '15 at 5:44
  • I actually inherited a set of the Mishnah Brurah from my great-grandfather which has the מוגה written in it. There are date stamps Warsaw 1892, 1893, 1896, and 1898. – sabbahillel Jun 7 '17 at 1:40


The Chofetz Chaim sighed deeply and said, "I too am a person who makes mistakes. You know that I sell my books. Sometimes the binder misplaces a page, or a page might be missing or have unclear print. Even though I am careful to check every book before it is sold, there still could be mistakes. The people who buy my books are embarrassed to tell me when there is a defect, but in their hearts they really care, and that is why I was also punished."

This link - from here shows a photograph of a Sefer the Chofetz chaim sold with the word "Mugah" handwritten by the Chofetz Chaim.

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In the Kollel Yad Shaul in Johannesburg, they had a volume of the Mishna Berura with the word מוגה in the front cover.

It was an early copy - very early 1900's IIRC.

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  • I don't see how this answers the question, which was about the author's checking them personally. – msh210 Jun 7 '17 at 11:23

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