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Is it acceptable in a Sefer Torah or Tikkun to stretch all letters uniformly to justify the text?

Given that you aren't allowed to stretch spaces in Hebrew (would be interested to know where the primary source for this is), is it acceptable to simply stretch all characters in a line by some ratio ...
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What are the rules for “stretching” Hebrew characters [duplicate]

If you look here, some of the characters are stretched, pretty large stretches too, presumably to justify the text. In addition, at first glance, it looks like it's the last 1 or 2 characters which ...
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How are the whitespace spans constructed in the Torah? [duplicate]

This is the only piece of information on the web I could find. But wondering what these large "whitespace spans" are: I read in one place that they are "9 characters long", but when I view them in ...
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What is the exact formatting of the Chumash [duplicate]

I am looking for the rules for the exact formatting (the visual look) of the Chumash. I thought I was interested in the Torah Scroll, but it turns out that I'm actually looking for info on the Book ...
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What font were the earliest Hebrew texts written in? [closed]

I am wondering what style and what script the original or the earlier/earliest Hebrew scriptures were written in. For example, the earliest Greek scriptures were likely written in the Uncial font (...
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What is the phrase in the Munich talmud, that is used in sanhedrin 59a, for what became oved kochavim?

What is the phrase in the Munich talmud, sanhedrin 59a, for what became 'oved kochavim'? I can see a talmud online that is probably censored. https://www.sefaria.org/Sanhedrin.59a?lang=bi ואמר ר' ...
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Missing line in Tractate Megillah

At Sefaria there is a kind of commentary on Talmud called ‘Daf Shevui’. Commenting on Meg. 15b the author writes: The Attribute of Justice argues before God—why do you give this reward to righteous ...
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Text of manuscript of Ben Ish Chai found after Saddam Hussein’s downfall in 2003?

I heard in a shiur about manuscripts of the Ben Ish Chai found by American troops among 2,700 seforim and tens of thousands of Jewish documents in a flooded basement of Iraq’s intelligence ...
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Does anyone say the “extra” pesukim in Yehoshua about the cities from Reuven belong there?

Some versions of Yehoshua, including Sefaria, print two extra pesukim (identical to the ones in Divrei Hayamim) about the cities that Shevet Reuven gave to the Leviyim. The Radak, quoted by the ...
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Are the manuscripts of the Ramchal's letters available online?

I am currently reading Igros Ramchal published by Machon Ramchal (Rabbi Mordechai Shriki). One of the first letters in the book (ג1 on page יב) is from the Ramchal to his Rebbe, Rabbi Yeshayah Basan ...
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Why no manuscripts of Talmud survive in the Arab lands?

http://halakhah.com/talmud/nezikin_h.html: ...Munich manuscript which covers the whole Talmud and dates from the year 1334. Alas, that that is the only complete manuscript of the Talmud in ...
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Does Psalm 37's 1st verse in the Dead Sea Scroll named 11QPsd start with Aleph?

My question is whether Psalm 37's 1st verse in the Dead Sea Scroll known as 11QPsd starts with the letter "Aleph," because it is supposed to be an alphabetical acrostic poem. The reason why I'm asking ...
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Why is there a 'monkey' drawn in this old script of Tefillat Ha'Geshem?

I found this photo printed in a Russian/Hebrew booklet about the Days of Awe. The caption says that this is part of Tefilat HaGeshem, but non specifically says that it is 'ancient' and handwritten. ...
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Finding manuscripts of Rb. Yerucham

I'm looking for manuscripts of the work of Rb. Yeruchaem - both Isur v'heter and Toldot Adam V'chava. Ideally I'd like to see them without having to travel great distances, which means finding them ...
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What are Hebrew manuscripts important to us for, today?

What's the importance of Jewish manuscripts for us, today? Apparently many of these are dispersed in libraries, monasteries, and of course the Vatican, and one wonders whether there's value in ...
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What Talmudic manuscripts (if any) have Jesus instead of Balaam? / What Does 'MS.M. Jesus' mean?

What manuscripts (if any) have Jesus instead of Balaam? I'm aware that some claim that balaam is a code-word for Jesus. I know Rabbi Gil Student makes a good argument that it cannot be I have read ...
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Which manuscript of the Mishna did the Bartenura check?

In Kelim 28:5, the Mishna comments upon the susceptibility to impurity of various objects whose primary usage has been changed. A canteen that is turned into a mat, or a mat that has been turned into ...
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Is there an online database of early manuscripts of the Tanakh?

As a student of textual and historical criticism of the Christian scriptures, I am interested in seeing the earliest extant copies of the texts. There are a number of sites devoted to providing ...
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Version of the Tanach that pre-dates Jesus

Are there any versions of the Jewish bible (Tanach) preserved today that pre-date Jesus (B.C.E.)? I feel that any version published after this time has a good chance of being biased towards or against ...
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Mechon-Mamre Tanach text

Which manuscript of the Masoretic text is used as the basis for the Tana"ch on Mechon-Mamre.org? Is it based on the Leningradensis, the Keter Aram Soba, or another manuscript?
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Do we have old ancient torah manuscript?

http://abcnews.go.com/International/worlds-oldest-complete-torah-scroll-found-italian-professor/story?id=19280022 It is said that this so called oldest complete torah scroll is only 800 years old. ...
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How commonly used are manuscripts in psak?

How Halachically valid are recently discovered manuscripts? For example, if one found the original manuscript of the Rambam and he rules differently than the currently known text, do modern Poskim ...
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What is the oldest manuscript of Torah Shebaal Peh?

We don't have (and more's the pity!) R' Yehudah Hanassi's autograph copy of the Mishnah (well, okay, it's a controversial issue whether he actually wrote it or only arranged it orally), or Ravina and ...