What Is Sofrus?
Sofrus is a unique opportunity. The skill and occupation of Sofrus is unlike any other job or hobby. It is a unique and special opportunity, providing Jews of all levels of observance with the proper tools to fulfill Hashem's will and His Holy commandments He has given to the Jewish Nation on Har Sinai.
Sofrus, in fact, is important for and benefits all - men, women and children. Its three main factors are Sifrei Torah, Tefillin and Mezuzos. All three are required by Jewish Law and benefit the user to great extent.
The Torah commands every Jew to write a Sefer Torah. It is the ultimate mitzvah which Hashem incorporated among the 613 Mitzvos of the Torah. When a person performs this significant Mitzvah, it is as if he has completed each and every single Mitzvah of the Torah. Furthermore, The Mitzvah of Kriyas HaTorah is done every Monday, Thursday and Shabbos Kodesh in every Shul or Beis Medrash.
The mitzvah of Tefillin applies to every Jewish boy from his thirteenth birthday on, otherwise known as Bar Mitzvah. Tefillin serves as a remembrance of the redemption of Galus Mitzrayim. Through the Mitzvah of donning Tefillin one proves his Shibdus to our Father, our King, Hashem Yisbarach.
Mezuzos, which are placed on every doorpost of a Jewish home, have great effect on all people residing in the home. Mezuzos generate protection upon every room which has one on its door. Furthermore, a Mezuzah is a segulah to life, as the Gemara asks, "Is it so that only men need life?" The Gemara concludes that Mezuzos are here to benefit both men and women.
It is highly essential that the three above mentioned mitzvos be done in full accordance to Halacha. The Halacha requires that Sifrei Torah, Tefillin and Mezuzos all be handwritten vs. printed using modern technology. In addition, the writer must have his concentration set on the Mitzvah and while writing he must contemplate that through his action of writing he is presently fulfilling the mitzvah of Tefillin, Mezuzah or writing a Sefer Torah.
The supplies one uses for Sofrus must all be kosher and mehudar. The ink used for writing may not come from a non-kosher animal. Ink used for writing Tefillin, Mezuzahs or Sifrey Torah must be kosher. The parchment it is being written on must be from a kosher animal and processed in accordance to Halacha.
Throughout the years, technological advances have made the work of Sofrus considerably easier to perform. Any available machinery and technology may be used to simplify the work load for the Sofer, to aid with perfecting the tools, to prepare the materials, etc. However, the actual inscription of a Sefer Torah, Tefillin, or Mezuzah must still be done manually, using ink and quill in accordance to Halacha, without any technological help.
At Merkaz Hasofrim you will find all necessary equipment as well as tips and ideas. As a Sofer you will always find this site helpful and beneficial to your work.
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