Friday, 6 February 2015

Learning Sofrus

Do you ever stop to consider what goes into writing a Mezuza, Tefillin, Megilat Esther or Sefer Torah? Ever wondered what laws are involved, what materials are needed, how skilled the Sofer needs to be?

More and more in today's time I see people wanting the cheapest Mezuzah. Or a pair of Tefillin but only the cheapest price. It is a wonder that those who find the means to go on expensive holidays, purchase new cars etc will cut corners when it comes to the items that need to be written by a Sofer.

My husband is in the process of learning to be a Sofer and watching his process and progress is a tremendous eye opener for me. I have developed a lot of respect and appreciation for those who are qualified, legitimate Sofrim.

Did you know that there are very details laws regarding the shape of the letters, the formation of the letters, the order in which the letters are written, the materials used and more. The information a Sofer needs to learn even takes into consideration the environment in which he is writing and how the parchment is positioned.

As an occupational therapist, I have worked with children who have writing problems, but the laws involved in writing a Mezuza, the scrolls that go into a pair of Tefillin, a Megilat Esther or a Sefer Torah are very complex and detailed.

Next time you have a need for anything written by a Sofer, firstly make sure the Sofer is legitimate and the item you purchase has actually been written by hand. Then take a few moments to appreciate how much time goes into learning what is required to prepare your Mezuza, Tefillin etc and how much goes into actually writing it. 

If following Torah law is important to you and receiving the blessing and protection that comes from Mezuzot, Tefillin and a Sefer Torah, set aside the finance necessary to buy only absolutely Kosher and preferably Mehudar ones. 

This post is prepared for you by Shoshanah Shear of Chessed Ve'Emet

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