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Klaf || קְלָף || The Parchment

  • Parchment (קְלָף) is a is skin from a kosher animal  - goat, cattle, or deer - that has been processed and prepared for writing סֵפֶר תּוֹרָה, תְּפִלִּין וּמְזוּזוֹת, acronyms: סְתָ"ם. 
  • The סוֹפֵר makes lines on the parchment with a blunt awl and writes the Hebrew underneath the line. He writes the text in columns, and fits four to five columns on one piece of parchment. 
  • Each piece is then sewn together with חוּטֵי גִּידִים = sinew [strong thread made from kosher animal sinews]. 
  • The ink is made from special nuts, oils and gums, all kosher in origin. The נוֹצָה [feather] is specially shaped as a quill.

Eli Ram,
Feb 21, 2018, 12:10 AM