A Torah Named George – from the Torah repair mines

This is why we call him George. Who signs Torahs?

This is why we call him George. Who signs Torahs?


You’re not supposed to write your name on the back of a sefer Torah, just in case you were wondering.
Blue ink.

Blue ink.


What *is* this? And what is it doing scribbled on the back of a sefer torah?
Say what?

Say what?


By the way, if anyone can decipher these, I’d be delighted to hear about it. I really do wonder what they’re doing there.
I hate not being able to read people's writing!

I hate not being able to read people's writing!


At least they used pencil on the front…
Same again...

Same again...


Got rid of all these with erasers and knifework. But took pictures, for posterity. Hullo, posterity!


7 Comments

  1. Dave Gurney
    Posted August 1, 2011 at 22:36 | Permalink

    Why would anyone write on a Sefer Torah? Those don’t look like they were specifically intended to deface it. It’s just weird.

  2. Lisa K
    Posted August 2, 2011 at 00:39 | Permalink

    I think the last two may say “Reuven HaLevi” and “Reuven”, respectively (with a sloppy aleph), but that’s just a guess.

    Still working on the others…

  3. Posted November 6, 2011 at 20:00 | Permalink

    http://hasoferet.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/george-3.jpg

    This one seems pretty likely to say “טוזען” or “thousand” in Yiddish. I’m also tempted to see מוט/ mit/ mit, or “with.” And the number 5?

  4. Posted November 6, 2011 at 20:03 | Permalink

    Or מול, more likely. טוזענמול 5 Five thousand?

  5. jen
    Posted November 6, 2011 at 20:24 | Permalink

    Hmm. Agree about the number 5, and the Tozen isn’t impossible. I’d see mit more than mol.

    But if so, what a totally bizarre thing to write. Even weirder than “George.”

  6. Posted November 7, 2011 at 09:56 | Permalink

    The annoying thing about messages people jot down is that they aren’t always decipherable to other people.

  7. jen
    Posted November 7, 2011 at 09:59 | Permalink

    How inconsiderate! :)

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