Thursday, February 13, 2014

Old Torah Scroll

Last week I was approached by a Christian Copt, who was offering this Torah Scroll for sale. 

This Torah was missing one Eitz Chayim and the ink was already fading away. All in all, the scroll was in not a grade state, and surely not Kosher. Note how it has been cut in the bottom margin, rendering it not Mukaf Gevil, which by itself enough to invalidate the whole scroll. 

The guy wanted 5000 dollars for it, which is an exhibits to amount of money to spend in a scroll that is not usable. Plus, there's a prohibition of purchasing a scroll like this because of the fear of encouraging others to steal scrolls intending to sell it back to jewish communities. 

Nowadays, many scrolls are inscribed with an invisible mark which allows experts to trace back the origin of the scroll but 150 year old scrolls like this one and difficult to trace and identify. 

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm researching Torah scrolls that have had the bottom margins removed - this is the 5th one I'm aware of - so any additional details or photographs about this scroll would be helpful.

Matthew Hamilton
Sydney, Australia

YK said...

Unfortunately the pictures is all I have... any idea on why the margins are cut?