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Is this a mistake in a Torah scroll or intended decoration?

This is a valid way of inserting missing words, as the Shulchan Aruch in Yoreh De'ah in סימן רעו - דין תלית הדלוג Paskens: א: טָעָה וְדִלֵּג תֵּבָה אוֹ יוֹתֵר, יָכוֹל לִתְלוֹתָהּ בֵּין הַשִּׁיטִין ...
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Why is a Torah written by a woman not considered a kosher Torah?

The Talmud (Gittin 45b) says: תני רב המנונא בריה דרבא מפשרוניא ס"ת תפלין ומזוזות שכתבן אפיקורוס עובד כוכבים ועבד אשה וקטן וכותי וישראל מומר פסולין שנאמר וקשרתם וכתבתם כל שישנו בקשירה ישנו בכתיבה ...
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Are there any historical Bibles entirely written on parchment?

Bava Batra 13b: אמר רבי מעשה והביאו לפנינו תורה נביאים וכתובים מדובקים כאחד והכשרנום Rebbi said: one time they brought before us Torah, Neviim and Ketuvim stuck together like one and we declared it ...
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May one place letters under one another as long as there is a space between them?

According to the general psak it is not a psul, although not mehudar, See מ'ב סימן לב ס'ק קיב אם בתחלת הכתיבה ממשיך רגל התחתון של הנו”ן והצד”י וכותב האות הסמוכה לתוכה כגון פני או ארצי כשר כיון ...
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When were the books and the text of the Torah settled?

As it happens, I'm now in the middle of reading a book called "Mevo Lekitvei Hakodesh" (Introduction to the Holy Scriptures) by Shmuel Shrira, which discusses the creation and canonization ...
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Chofetz Chaim's Advice to Son

This may be a reference to what his son writes in the first section of שיחות החפץ חיים דרכיו נמוקיו ושיחותיו מחיי אבא in #27: לא ישר היה בעיניו דרכי בימי נעורי ששקעתי בעניני חסד ובעניני צבור לכונן ...
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The procedure of checking new scrolls against the Torah scroll in the Ark

Rambam states this in Hilchot Tefillin and Mezuzot 7:2 regarding the scrolls that a King writes: "...This [King's] copy is corrected by comparison with a scroll kept in the temple court and ...
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How is there Torah about Hebrew letters if the letters are not original?

The question is important and need to be asked. The following answer is based on Jewish Tradition. The topic is treated in Gemara (Babylonian Talmud) Sanhedrin in which we find three opinions. The ...
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Why do a sefer Torah's letters have to be black?

The midrash tanchuma below brings this posuk shir hashirim 5.11 his locks are curled, [they are as] black as a raven Rashi black as a raven: All these are beauty for a young man It seems that black ...
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Is there a Jewish reason not to take notes when studying?

The Rambam writes in the Introduction to Mishne Torah: רבינו הקדוש חיבר המשנה. ומימות משה רבינו ועד רבינו הקדוש לא חיברו חבור שמלמדין אותו ברבים בתורה שבעל פה. אלא בכל דור ודור ראש בית דין או נביא ...
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Why cant a Sefer torah be written by a machine

Rambam list some things which would not give a Torah Scroll not a drop of sanctity and would be like a printed book: If someone who wrote it is an Apikores or any other type of prohibited person. If ...
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Are there books or training exercises that scribes use to strengthen their skills?

You can get ready made training sets which often include instruction manuals - for example here You might also want to explore a sofrus supplies shop which often have a great deal of books and ...
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Writing in Traditional Ksav Ashuris (Sofer Script)

This site offers some general ideas on where to find lessosn and books, etc. as well as equipment suggestions. The site recommends Izzy Pludwinski’s Mastering Hebrew Calligraphy as a starter as well ...
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How is there Torah about Hebrew letters if the letters are not original?

If you have access to Margolios Hayam on Sanhedrin, see on daf 21b starting from #37 onward. He brings many opinons from Rishonim that even according to the opinion that the Torahwas given in ksav ...
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