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The procedure of checking new scrolls against the Torah scroll in the Ark

I remember an interpretation of the purpose of the Torah scroll in the Ark (or maybe another scroll in the Temple), to check other scrolls against it. Rabbis constantly claim the veracity and ...
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What Hebrew font should I use for my English sefer? [closed]

I'm writing a sefer on sugyos of the Gemara in English. There is a lot of Hebrew mixed in with the English. The problem with the font(s) I'm using currently (calibri for english, frank ruehl for ...
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When were the books and the text of the Torah settled?

I am right now reading "The Lies That Bind" (Kwame Anthony Appiah). On page 50 at the bottom of the 2nd paragraph he states: "More than this, the idea of a final listing of the books ...
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Can one write sta"m via a stencil?

Say you wanted to write a tefillin, mezuzah, Torah, or any other sta"m venture. To make it easier for you, you created a stencil of the text that you can overlay on the klaf and fill in. You hope ...
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Are there books or training exercises that scribes use to strengthen their skills?

I'm not a scribe and I have no plans on becoming a scribe. This would not be used for religious practice or religious needs. I just happen to enjoy the practice of Hebrew calligraphy and I'm ...
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In regards to taking notes, highlighting, etc. - Is it permissible to write inside the Torah, Siddur and other holy books? [duplicate]

I am studying for Jewish conversion and have many books that I am using. I write inside my commentaries and Jewish guidance books, but I am unsure as to whether or not I can do the same inside my ...
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Where is a free online copy of the Torah with the "correct" number of letters in it?

First off, my intention is to create a pretty decent replica of the Hebrew text close to the formatting of the Sefer Torah or a Tikkun, for personal documentation purposes. My question though is 2-...
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Chofetz Chaim's Advice to Son

A Rav mentioned that Chofetz Chaim told his son (a Rav) to appoint leaders of the community to take care of the chesed needs in order to address more global issues - noting that he himself writes ...
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Tetragrammaton in paleo-Hebrew within Hebrew text of Tehilim

Many scrolls were found (in Qumran?) depicting a regular Hebrew scripture text with the Holy name written in paleo-Hebrew (כתב עברי), like this one: What Talmudic explanation fits these findings, if ...
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Status of Torah written in Ksav Ivri written before Ezra Hasofer

The gemara in Sanhedrin 21 brings a discussion regarding what script the Torah was givin . One opnion holds that the Torah was given in ksav Ivri (luchos prob given in ksav ashuris according to all). ...
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Why cant a Sefer torah be written by a machine [duplicate]

It seems that Sefer toras can't be used for torah readings/alias(since nobody uses them for it and the amazing facts and feats book mentions a machine made Sefer can't be used. But Why cant a Sefer ...
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Why is a Torah written by a woman not considered a kosher Torah?

My question is based on an earlier question in this community: Would a woman be permitted to write a sefer Torah? Quoting one of the answers: This scroll wouldn't fulfill the biblical commandments ...
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Split vav in Parshas Pinchas [duplicate]

I just realized that there is a split vav in Parshas Pinchas, Are their other cases of split letters in the Torah? Do all Torah's have it? When did Jews start to do it? Are there commentaries ...
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May one place letters under one another as long as there is a space between them?

Soferim 2:2 rules that one must put a line-width space between lines, a letter-width space between words, and a hair-width space between letters. Certain letters leave much space beneath them, and ...
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Yaakov mourning Yosef vs. Yaakov keeping the mitzvos [duplicate]

Rashi (to Bereishis 32:5) says that Yaakov kept the Torah in Lavan's house. Ramban (to 26:5) says that he only kept it inside Eretz Yisrael. Gur Aryeh (to 32:4 and 46:10) says he kept the Aseh's but ...
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Is there possibly a requirement to write down your Chiddushei Torah?

There is a principal of "devarim shebichtav iy atah rashai le'omram b'al peh" - Torah that is written is not permitted to retell purely from memory. It is for this reason we do not permit the bal ...
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Why do a sefer Torah's letters have to be black?

My son asked why the letters have to be black, considering there are lots of other colors out there.
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Writing in Traditional Ksav Ashuris (Sofer Script)

I was wondering if there is any instructional video or guide online showing how to form all the letters of the Hebrew alphabet in the traditional Ksav Ashuris script. Please note that my motives for ...
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How is there Torah about Hebrew letters if the letters are not original?

Occasionally I hear Torah that relates to the iconography of Hebrew letters, like the significance around the fact that the yud is a small point, and how the hey has two openings, allowing repentants ...
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Where are all the places in the torah with extra dots over the words? [duplicate]

This morning during the reading from Nitzavim I saw the extra dots over a couple words in D'varim 29:28 and tried to remember what that meant. I found Rashi's commentary on [t deut 29:28 lr], which ...
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Is there a Jewish reason not to take notes when studying?

Please note that I have been estranged from Judaism for many years, and have only recently revisited its teachings: When I studied science and non-Jewish philosophies, I would take notes. I mean ...
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Kri / K'tiv - Why were they created to start? [duplicate]

There are numerous places in the Torah (as well as the rest of Tanac"h) that have ktiv / kri conflicts. The word is written one way but pronounced differently. For example, Numbers 1:16: אֵ֚לֶּה ...
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Is this a mistake in a Torah scroll or intended decoration?

In the following pictures, is the superscript addition a correction or intended decoration? Are corrections like this kosher?
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Are there any historical Bibles entirely written on parchment?

Mishneh Torah, Tefillin, Mezuzah and the Torah Scroll 7:15: מותר לדבק תורה נביאים וכתובים בכרך אחד . It is permissible to attach Torah, Prophets and Writings in one scroll. Between the end ...
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