Shoafim Yad Making Project
In anticipation of their impending services of bar/bat mitzvah, Shoafim campers had a unique opportunity to break their routine this week.
Following the completion of the yad-making project, Rabbi Greenspan served as a special guest on Thursday morning at Shoafim Tefilot, giving the hanichim a half-hour long presentation on what it means to be a sofer and how, exactly, one goes about writing a sefer Torah, tefillin, or mezuzot. He opened up our own sefer Torah to show details about the letters a sofer writes, explained the process of self-purification a sofer must undergo before writing YHWH (God’s name), and explained a bit about the distinction between writing sifrei Torah and tefillin. Finally, in a live demonstration, Rabbi Greenspan pulled out a new, whole feather, cut it into a quill, and wrote in perfect calligraphy on a blank piece of parchment, which the hanichim learned has to be made out of a certain animal skin prepared in a certain way.
Edah Shoafim is blessed to have had such an informative and exciting opportunity and is looking forward to Rabbi Greenspan’s return to camp second session.