Thursday, August 29, 2013


As I was working on this photograph, I had the song 'Tradition' from Fiddler On The Roof  playing in my head. On Wednesday I spent some time with Rabbi Aaron Lichter in his office on the Lower East Side. Rabbi Lichter is a torah scribe. He examines old, worn torah scrolls for damaged or missing letters and fixes them with a quill pen and special ink. He also repairs the tiny script on mezuzah and tfilin parchment. It's grueling and meticulous work.

I photographed Rabbi Lichter twenty years ago when his office was at a different location in the neighborhood, a much larger space .... with much more clutter.

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