Have you, or someone you know, ever thought of becoming a sofer? Following a successful pilot program over the summer, the newly formed Yeshivas STa”M has opened registration for its upcoming winter safrus course. Based in Crown Heights, the course will not only train aspiring sofrim in the numerous practical skills required to be a sofer, it will also provide comprehensive education in the halachah governing the craft.
Using a small classroom format, the in-person course will equip future sofrim with the knowledge and the confidence needed to pass the rigorous test administered by the respected Vaad Mishmeres STa”M.
Easy as it may seem, the complex nature of Hilchos STa”M proves to be formidable, and the lack of educational resources has been an obstacle for novice and veteran alike. Consumers, too, have been affected by the lack of clear information, often resulting in unnecessary confusion and misunderstandings.
Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok (Fitz) Rabin, a sought-after sofer in Crown Heights, founded Yeshivas STa”M with the goal of producing sofrim who are not only yirei Shomayim and technically skilled, but academically proficient as well. The course will be the first of its kind outside of Eretz Yisroel.
Meir Gurary, who just completed the pilot program, said, “It was the best investment I have ever made. I learned Ksav Admo”r Hazaken, gained mastery in the halachah, all while growing in my yiras Shomayim and confidence.”
“I didn’t have a clue how to cut a feather in order to practice my writing, and now it’s easy as pie,” said Mendel Schwei, who came to Yeshivas STa”M to learn how to carve a feather. “Rabbi Rabin is highly skilled and very patient,” he adds.
Using a personal, hands-on approach, the course will teach the following skills: 1) Carving and using a kulmus, feather, 2) priming the klaf, parchment, 3) making sirtut, lines, 4) measuring the kulmus 5) forming the letters of Ksav Admo”r Hazaken, 6) correcting mistakes 7) using a tikkun sofrim.
On the academic side, the course will cover in depth: 1) Simanim 32 and 36 in the Shulchan Aruch with the Mishnah Berurah and Biur Halacha, 2) Sefer Keses Ha’sofer, and 3) the rulings of the Alter Rebbe.
In time, Rabbi Rabin plans to bring the education of STa”M to rabbinical students, kollelim, and ultimately the entire community. By being more informed, consumers will be empowered to know what to seek out when purchasing STa”M and how to find it.
“Whether it’s an aspiring sofer or an experienced sofer, a rabbi or a layman, this is about empowerment. Empowerment through education. It’s a win-win,” Rabin says.
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