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Why do Torah scrolls have to be handwritten?

Why do Torah scrolls have to be handwritten?

The Torah scrolls are entirely handwritten in Hebrew by a sofer (scribe) on parchment from a kosher animal. This is usually a cow. This demonstrates just how symbolically and physically important the Torah is to Jews.

How are Torahs written?

Traditionally, the words of the Torah are written on a scroll by a scribe (sofer) in Hebrew. A Torah portion is read publicly at least once every three days in the presence of a congregation. Reading the Torah publicly is one of the bases of Jewish communal life.

How much is a Torah scroll worth?

“Depending on the size and condition of the scroll — if it is repairable, or not repairable — it could be worth anywhere from $500 to $10,000.” A new scroll sells for about $30,000.

What would invalidate the writings on a Torah scroll?

The smallest mistake, such as a missing letter, can invalidate a Torah Scroll, making it unfit for ritual service and public reading in the synagogue. The sacred text must be written in Hebrew without vowels and accents by a devout, expert scribe.

How old is the Torah scroll?

roughly 800 years old
This week, University of Bologna Professor Mauro Perani announced the results of carbon-14 tests authenticating the scroll’s age as roughly 800 years old. The scroll dates to between 1155 and 1225, making it the oldest complete Torah scroll on record.

How much is a sefer Torah?

A Torah scroll, or Sefer Torah takes 6–12 months just to write, and is usually heavily embellished with things like silver crowns. Depending on size/artistry/embellishment/history, they can range from around $10k to over $100k. So at least enough for a nice late model used car, and possibly as much as a house.

Can you touch a Torah?

So far as I can tell, the source for this custom is the Talmud ( Megillah 32a), which forbids touching the bare Torah with our hands. In fact, the Talmud says, rather shockingly, that one who touches the naked Torah scroll will be buried naked.

What is the oldest Torah in the world?

The oldest complete and still kosher Torah scroll still in use has been carbon-dated to around 1250 and is owned by the Jewish community of the northern Italian town of Biella.

How much money does a sofer make?

Want to know more about how to become a sofer? Check this new article on a similar topic. Talented sofers are able to write two-three Torah scrolls per year for example and can earn as much as $20,000-$30,000 for each one after the cost of raw materials (ink, quills and parchment) are taken out.

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