Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Things a Sofer/et Does

Have you ever wondered what a Torah scribe actually does? Soferet Avielah Barclay is currently repairing MST #236 from Ceske Budejovice for its guardians the people of Radlett and Bushey Reform Synagogue. She has been kind enough to post some photographs of her work online. Here is an example of when the ink has faded to a point where it make the scroll pasul, i.e., not kosher for use:

You can see where it has faded to a reddish brown at the bottom in the middle. These words must be rewritten. This is what the column looks like after it has been repaired:

If you are on Facebook, you should be able to see these photos and others here. Thank you Soferet Barclay!

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