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September 29, 2016 / 26 Elul, 5776
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The Art of the Scribe

There are thousands of unqualified soferim in both America and Israel who sell items that, far from being first-rate, are not even kosher.

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Of course, the most important of all qualities of the scribe is righteousness. Without fear of heaven and a commitment to piety, what the scribe produces is spiritually substandard and lacks holiness. And my interactions with Rabbi Raskin have shown me that is a man of high integrity and absolute religious commitment.

It’s unfortunate that we who are observant Jews often perform mitzvos without much contemplation, and the profound effect of wearing tefillin or affixing a mezuzah is lost on us. Even less do we fully appreciate the skill and labor that goes into the writing of Tefillin in the first place, and the indispensability of its meticulous preparation from the holy effects to follow.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

About the Author: Shmuley Boteach, whom the Washington Post calls “the most famous rabbi in America,” is the founder of The World Values Network and the international bestselling author of 30 books, including “The Fed-up Man of Faith: Challenging God in the Face of Tragedy and Suffering.” Follow him on Twitter @RabbiShmuley.


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