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Tikkun for Megillat Hashoah

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Megillat HaY’shuah (the salvation scroll)

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Sefer Binsoa - the book of Binsoa

the sefer torah (book of the law)

Mordechai Pinchas Sofer

The Sefer Torah is the single most holy object in Judaism and thus the pinnacle of the sofer's work is to fulfill the 613th commandment and write a Sefer Torah. Indeed Maimonides notes that 'it is positive commandment for every Jew to write for themselves a Sefer Torah'. Nowadays this mitsvah is sometimes fulfilled by Jews as at a siyyum by writing a letter (guided by the scribe) to help complete the Torah, but more often than not most Jews will never get the opportunity to participate in this holy task.

Animated gif of a sefer torah I checked

As well as writing afresh, a major scribal occupation is the reparation of scrolls that have become damaged or worn through use. The parchment, ink and seams are stronger than most people would think but they are not indestructible.  To be honest no mere website can do justice to the enormity of information surrounding the preparation and repair of a Sefer Torah, so the pages leading from this one are merely the tip of a very large iceberg.

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Torah in for repairs

Click above for details about a Sefer Torah I am repairing slowly in my ever-dwindling spare time.

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The fire scroll cover

Click above for a section on scroll cover design.

Mordechai Pinchas

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Link to parts of a torah

Click above to find out all about what makes up a Sefer Torah.

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So what happens when a Sefer Torah is finally finished?

Completion of a sefer torah

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