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Tikkun for Megillat Hashoah

Care of Your Torah

Modern Moses

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The Song of the World photo book

East London Synagogue

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Megillat HaY’shuah (the salvation scroll)


Sefer Binsoa - the book of Binsoa

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This website has been designed to give an overview of the important mitsvah of sofrut (scribal arts) and of the personal (and occasionally humorous) journey of a sofer (scribe) and this age-old craft.

The website has new stuff every so often but for more regular updates there’s a companion ‘fan page’ on facebook and twitter feed both updated regularly and blog at http://mordechaihasofer.blogspot.com/ (not updated quite so often) and books from Kulmus Publishing.

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diary of a

the activities of a sofer

unrolling the megilah
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Sections on the mezuzah, tefillin k’tubot (marriage documents), gittin (bills of divorce), megillot and the Pittum Haketoret

Visit all 44 episodes of
the sofer’s diary.

It’s best to read them in order but you don’t have to. Honest.

The sefer torah section shows lots of info on how a torah is put together and how they are maintained, PLUS a special section about torah mantles I have designed. Diaries 21-25 talk about the new Megillat haShoah.

tools of the trade

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The kulmus (quill), k’laf (parchment) and giddin (sinew).

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forming the letters
according to the halachah.
Learn about the different styles then click on
aleph bet or the animated picture on the right.

A section on d’yo (ink) is nearly complete.

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sources and

Books about Sofrut in English and Hebrew for you to find out more.Click on sources or the picture on the right.

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visual midrash

Strange scribal idiosyncracies!

Ever wondered why parts of the torah look at bit strange?  Here’s your chance to find out.

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my books

Kulmus Publishing books on sofrut and Jewish topics for order through lulu and amazon kindle in print and electronic formats.

educational sessions

Lectures and presentations for adults and children alike.

Whilst I work with progressive communities, my own practice, scribal activity and the halachic material included in this site is largely based on orthodoxy. This material is not exhaustive nor should it be considered authoritative, nor should it in any way negate the need to address questions requiring halachic interpretation to a competent rabbinical authority.  Also this site does occasionally contain the holy names of God.  Therefore if you should print out a page containing these, please treat it with care and respect.

Images and text © Mordechai Pinchas

Please ignore the paragraph below. Because of the many possible spellings of the Hebrew words used by this site in transliterated form I have listed out keywords for the search engines:

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