Examine Your Torah Via TechnologyThe advent of the computer age has been a helpmate to today’s Sofer. A computer check can identify problems in the specific Mesorah (traditions) relating to the formatting of words in a Sefer Torah, as well as letters or words that are missing or unnecessary. This examination process does not replace the need for human expertise, but it is a tremendous tool for the industry, and demonstrates a way of how science, technology and Torah work together. Sofer On Site has for many years been using this technology to assist in Torah examination. We are very excited to be able to provide this scanning service on site with our mobile computer lab that scans and analyzes each Torah. Within a few hours you will have the results without having to send your Torahs away. Whether during Torah reading , examination or at any other closer look at the script, questions arise about the script accuracy, then a computer checking is warranted. Its the “Three strikes and your out” policy: should more then three accuracy mistakes be found in a Torah scroll, then a computer examination of the entire scroll is required.Please note: A standard eye scanning of a Torah as part of a Torah evaluation does not examine the script for missing, added or substituted letters, nor does it verify the shapes of letters, or if letters/words are written too close. This type of extensive examination can only be accomplished with a Computer Checking of the entire scroll. Sofer On Site offers this service, if necessary, only on a special request. A full computer checking of a Torah takes about 8 hours for the scanning, plus 1-4 days of reviewing and analyzing the scanning report. Additional fees apply in providing this service.
Script accuracy problems can only be identified and verified with a computer scanning of the entire scroll. However, such a scanning can only be efficiently accomplished after the scroll has been restored (of all its other repair needs, otherwise the computer scanning will pick up hundreds if not thousands of mistakes which will take weeks to analyze). You may request a computer scanning followed by an examination of your Torah to verify its condition as they relate to the issues above. We will be glad to schedule an appointment for you. There are extra fees associated with performing a computer scan and checking. If you have any question about Computer scanning and checking of a Torah, please give us a call.Sofer On Site - Where ancient traditions and modern technology unite.For more information, give us a call