A scribe is called a sofer STa”M from the initials S for sefer torah, T for tefillin and M for mezuzah and these are the three main activities.

However a scribe will also write the megillah for use on Purim to the same strict rules as that for a sefer torah and also the Pittum Haketoret for recitation in the prayer service. Gittin (sing. Get) the divorce documents are secular but are also prepared by scribes as there is a specific text which should be word perfect. In addition I have created a new scroll using an American text for use on Yom haShoah, the Megillat haShoah. At the other end of the scale k'tubot (marriage contracts) do not have to be written by a scribe but is something that I also do.

link to sefer torah section
link to tefillin section

How tefillin are made made and what the contain.

link to mezuzah section

All about the mezuzah including an image map showing the key elements of this mitsvah.

link to megillah section

Stages of writing the megillah.

A guide to the parts of the scroll, writing and repairing, mantle design and the siyyum (completion ceremony).

link to K'tubot section

K’tubot I have designed

Bills of divorce.

As mentioned, a k’tubah does not have to be written by a scribe (though the person doing it should be competent in Hebrew).  If you are interested in trying out Hebrew Calligraphy (as opposed to S”TaM) there are many other things that you could do to beautify your or someone else’s home as a gift.  Click here for suggestions and examples.

the activities of a sofer stam

General info.

Diaries 21-25 chronicle the creation of a new tikkun for a new m’gillah for use on Yom haShoah.

Mordechai Pinchas Sofer

The ‘spicy’ text that you read daily to increase your wealth, health and happiness.

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link to the mezuzah challenge
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Download Kulmus Publishing Catalogue or click graphic for webpage

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Megillat HaY’shuah (the salvation scroll)

GIVE!
(ts’dakah)

Sefer Binsoa - the book of Binsoa