Monthly Archives: March 2012


The main thing about Torah ink is that it has to be black and it has to stay black. If it changes colour within fifty years, it wasn’t kosher to begin with. Generally, Torah ink (דיו, in Hebrew, like dye) is what’s called an iron gall ink. Iron gall inks have been used in a […]

Tezaveh and scribal exuberance

Exodus 28:36, a verse from this week’s parsha; ועשית ציץ זהב טהור… “Make a tzitz of pure gold…” Go look it up. In some sifrei Torah, the final tzaddi of the word ציץ is writ large, including in the sefer I’m presently writing: Here’s another one, from a different sefer (presently in Berlin; my last […]