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In the book “Israel: Splendors of the Holy Land” by Sara Kochav, there is a picture of a sofer (Torah scibe). The image describtion claims that the sofer needs to wear a special robe, as depicted in the picture. Does anyone know where does this robe and tradition come from?

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    Hi Shimon, welcome to Mi Yodeya, and thanks for this question! – רבות מחשבות Jul 12 '18 at 15:07
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    none of the images I looked at of people writing scrolls has anyone wearing anything similar to this. – rosends Jul 12 '18 at 19:08
  • Can you post the "image description" in English that you mention, please? It seems logical that there is a minhag somewhere of special scribal attire. Priests had special clothing. Ezra was a scribe as well as priest - maybe some parts of a priestly/scribal attire tradition were maintained down through the ages(??). It's a special activity - I doubt there's a picture of a sofer writing a Torah wearing a "We want Moshiach NOW" T-shirt. – Gary Jul 13 '18 at 0:42
  • @Gary I wouldn't be the least surprised if I saw a picture of a Lubavitcher wearing such a t-shirt while writing a Torah - but that wouldn't make it a tradition. – Oliver Jul 13 '18 at 1:19
  • @Oliver Well, in this question - judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/3647/… , there's a comment from our..least critical member(who I DO respect an awful lot for his efforts to make this a more concise place)..saying: "minhag is whatever people do and these can change at any time." ..so it's pretty much poskened, at least around here :) – Gary Jul 13 '18 at 1:30
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So that the ink stains should not soil his shirt sleeves.

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    Source? Logic. (Full circle; nice.) – Oliver Jul 12 '18 at 22:40
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    Unless you are assuming that the sofer is a talmid chacham and thus liable to death if he wears a stained shirt. – Alex Jul 12 '18 at 22:45
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    The robe looks very distinctive (traditional or ethnic) for a smock. Also, why would he choose a white protective garmet, one that leaves the bottom of his shirt sleeves uncovered? – ShimonS Jul 12 '18 at 22:49
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    Wouldn't black be a much better color for a garment that's supposed to take in ink stains? – ezra Jul 13 '18 at 3:08
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    If he wears a black smock, he might not notice he is inky and wipe on something. – Clint Eastwood Jul 13 '18 at 15:16

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