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Relation to "Sopher" Surname?
I was wondering if the surname Sopher is in any way related to the word Sofer. I have done a little bit of research and found that there are, in fact, people with this surname in the middle east, and Israel in particular, but I have yet to draw any conclusive evidence about the meaning of the name. Hope this isn't too off-topic, of course. 220.127.116.11 05:41, 22 December 2006 (UTC)
Page split proposal
What would people think to dividing this page into two:
- Sofrut - containing the details of the texts, the writing, the methods, the tools and materials, some of the halacha as relates to the practice.
- Sofer (scribe) - containing the details of current and historical scribes (not much there at the moment on this, but it'd be nice) and the details of who may be a scribe and how they become so. Could incorporate list of other scribes with wikipedia articles.
Currently there's a bit of a mishmash, which might get messier as it gets bigger. I don't propose any information need be lost in the split, and realise that the two pages will need to remain fairly heavily interlinked. Pseudomonas(talk) 15:09, 30 March 2007 (UTC)
It doesn't appear that Sefer Torah or this page have a section on the formula used for the ink; here are some links: http://www.ctc-torah.org/2009/07/the-ingredients-part-iii-dyo-ink/ http://www.chabad.org/library/howto/wizard_cdo/aid/339592/jewish/The-Ink.htm Do all ST"M have the same ink requirements?
Source-Verify on Commandment
The major Jewish law (Halakha) pertaining to "Sofrut," the practice of scribal arts, is in the Talmud in the tractate Maseket Sofrim. In the Torah's 613 Mitzvot (commandments) the 613th is that every Jew should write a Sefer Torah in their lifetime.(Deut. 31:19)[verification needed]
From my reading of Deut. 31:19, it's not immediately clear that every Jew must complete a Sefer Torah. Further, this would imply that every Jew must be a Sofer, which seems like quite an accomplishment in and of itself, and it would mean that, barring destruction, there would be full-to-overflowing Arks full of Torahs everywhere you turned. However, to put it mildly, I am not an expert on these matters, so I'd like someone else to verify the source before I go rudely deleting anything. Jouster (whisper) 16:19, 30 October 2011 (UTC)