Monday, September 9, 2013

Tradition III

Third in the 'Tradition' series of images I recently shot at Rabbi Lichter's torah repair shop. He was explaining the layout of the handwritten script on the pages of parchment of the scrolls. There is a strict formality to the way the text is inked. The number of characters in each line, the paragraph breaks, and the spacing on each page is discussed in great detail in texts that give the scribe explicit instructions about how any repairs must be done to maintain the sanctity of the scroll.