November 16, 2007

Soferous & Klaf, buying Parchment

Filed under: What can we do? — Reb Moshe @ 11:15 am

I just finished a mezuzah which means I now need new klaf to continue writing. There are two stores in Tzfat that sell klaf but a true artist buys his klaf direct from the company in full sheets from piles of parchment. This means a drive to Jerusalem. Parchment can cost the script as much as $5 just for 1 piece and he must purchase a sheet of 20. Also, if he isn’t connected, he generally doesn’t get the companies best pieces. It isn’t easy being a sofer.


  1. I want to lears Sofrus.

    Comment by Asa Yitzchak — November 16, 2007 @ 6:27 pm

  2. “It isn’t easy being a sofer.”

    All the more appreciated! πŸ™‚ I get much nachas knowing my Mezzuzos came from a Holy Sofrim in Ertez Yisroel, serving Hashem for his Names Sake. This additional hiddur infuses my home with even more HOLY Torah energy! My sons were so proud to have these magnificient pieces of art on their doors. Sometimes, they get so excited, I have to remind them gently not to zealously high five the Holy Name whilst passing through the doorway. Nonetheless their kavanah true and time will turn boys into mensch. πŸ˜€

    We all kiss and proudly protect our Mezzuzos daily (as they certainly hasten Hashem to protect and bless us). Thank you Reb Moshe for you dedication to Hashem and for sharing your deep knowlege and love of Torah and halachah with Kol Yisroel.

    As far as going out of you way to procure the finest materials (like klaf) for your trade, as an artist, I assert the more connected the craftsperson is to his or her craft, from refining the rudimentary physical components, to mastering handstrokes, to the most intricate conceptual details like style and subjective philosophy, the human individual comes closer to appreciating the awesome magnitude of the Infinate Creator (?’?) and by which come closer to Hashem.

    This only further explains the connection between the Hebrew for the word ‘artist’ (eman) and the Hebrew word for ‘truth’ (emes). Conceptual (the modern “what does it mean” type) artist’s seek the truth through the comventions of their media. Like a Jew with a Torah, an artist goes searching for truth, even if they must go into dark corners with only a lit match and hopefully a strong faith in the Source of All Creation (?’?).

    I think this is applicable to any profession. That’s to say this degree of refined mastery of ones service to G-d (through infusing the worldly with Torah)applies to every Jew, not just starving artists and Holy scribes.

    Any self-descrived pragmatic aethiest will acknowlege that ones pursuit of trade heartfelt joy and commitment to improvement, will surely benefit. How moreso if they appreciate their employer with regularity.

    A Jew (G-d willing) treats their duty to Hashem’s Torah and mitzvos with these same commitment, thus facilitated by Hashen to infuse His Holiness into their worldly crafts with an underlying knowledge and understanding that these pursuits can only manifest by the Grace of Hashem and only at such time and place desired by the Master of the Universe (?’?). Any artist whos ever attempted to create a piece of art with the notion or motivation of accolades, and/or physical benefit, knows the sad and pathetic husk of creatity issued forth from such selfish pretenses. Reb Moshes’ sefrim clearly illustrate his humility, holiness and practiced mastery to the scribal arts.

    Comment by Ralph Michael Brekan — November 27, 2007 @ 11:11 pm

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