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Is a Torah still kosher if various annotations are scored into the parchment? To be clear, I am asking not about writing annotations, but scratching them into the parchment.

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    Many yemenite communities actually did something like this. Many Poskim weren't excited by it (see Igrot Moshe YD 3:117, Yechavveh Daat 6:54) – Double AA Mar 26 '18 at 12:26
  • סימן רעד - שצריך לכתב אותה לשמה, ודין תקון האותיות וזיונן ז סֵפֶר הַמְנֻקָּד, פָּסוּל. וַאֲפִלּוּ (ה) הֵסִירוּ מִמֶּנּוּ הַנִּקּוּד. וְכֵן סֵפֶר שֶׁיֵּשׁ בּוֹ (ו) פִּסוּק פְּסוּקִים, פָּסוּל. הגה: וְדַוְקָא שֶׁעָשָׂה הֶפְסֵק בִּדְיוֹ. אֲבָל אִם הִנִּיחַ אֲוִיר בֵּין הַפְּסוּקִים, כָּל שֶׁאֵין בּוֹ שִׁעוּר פָּרָשָׁה, כְּשֵׁרָה (תְּשׁוּבַת ריב''ש) . – Danny Schoemann Mar 26 '18 at 13:07
  • Related, if not dup: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/79857/501 – Danny Schoemann Mar 26 '18 at 13:08
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    @DannySchoemann Note (since you're probably interested) the "Rivash" reference there is a mistake by the printer (and confused many acharonim). The Rama is referencing the "Barukh SheAmar" and likely intended the practice as a Lekhatchila. Indeed most very old Ashkenazi scrolls have those gaps. – Double AA Mar 26 '18 at 13:11
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    Possible duplicate of Ta'amei Mikra and the Torah Scroll – רבות מחשבות Mar 26 '18 at 15:41

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