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Mordecai Pinchas

Mordecai Pinchas is a sofer, a scribe. He has excellent resource page for special Hebrew scripts. I quote: The Hebrew script used for sofrut is called K'tav Ashurit. There are basically three types:

  • Beyt Yosef (script generally used by Ashkenazi Jews)
  • Beyt Ari (script used by Jews of Chassidic descent or influence)
  • Sefardi (veilish) (used generally by Sephardi Jews).
Most importantly there are a great deal of rules governing the formation of the letters so that their temunah (symbol) is defined precisely and so that there is no confusion between the letters written. They should be clean and crisp and the test of validity is whether a young child who is neither especially clever, i.e., that he could work out the letter from the context or especially stupid, i.e., that he doesn't recognise the letters at all. The most well established ruling is Mishnat Sofrim written by the Chafets Chayim as part of the Mishnah Berurah on Tefillin. However there are other descriptions of letters in the Alpha Beta of Rabbeinu Lipman, Kol Sofrim (Yoseph Klein), L'david Emet (showing the sefardi letters forms), Baruch Sheamar, Da'at Kdoshim, Mikdash Me'at, L?vush, Kol Haremez etcetera, all collected in an anthology called "Tsurat Ha-otiyot" (the forms of the letters). Beyt Yoseph and Ari are similar differing only in a few letters, whilst Veilish is much more rounded and quicker to write.

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