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D'yo for Sofrut

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I'm new to this group so I thought I'd start off with a question.  Normally, I use some form of afeitzim based dyo for daily writing, either homemade, Nahari, or Hadar depending on the task, the amount of gloss desired, and so on.  I recently came across bottled Japanese sumi ink.  After some digging, I learned that it's made from vegetable oil soot, water, a synthetic binder and borneo camphor, some brands contain shellac to make it waterproof, but apparently no products directly derived from animals.  As one who spends a lot of time restoring old faded sifrei Torah, I've developed a keen interest in finding, a permanent, archival black ink, that won't fade, or crack over time.  I know many of us use rapidograph ink, but that doesn't seem to come in a bottle.  Would sumi ink be kosher for STAM?


I've made some preliminary experiments on klaf and find that it has many of the same properties as regular sofer's ink.  It's intensely black, dries slightl…
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Hi Yehoshua,
I am delighted to post pictures from some of our oldest codices depicting the writing of Lemarbe as it appears in Sefer Yishaya 9:6.



This first picture is from the Keter Aram Tzova (Aleppo Codex).  It was written by the Sofer Shelomo Ben Bo'oya under the direction of Aharon Ben Asher in Tiberia in the 10th Century.  This Codex was our oldest extant manuscript of the entire Tanach + Masoretic notes including punctuation and Ta'amei HaMikra.  As mentioned in my previous post, it is also the most authoritative due to it's proven exactness.

Notice how Lemarbe is written in two words, with the MEM SOFIT placed at the end of the first "word."  Likewise, notice the masoretic note indicating that it should be pronounced as one word... i.e. Lemarbe.

In it you will also notice other strange things with regard to how they used to write Ketav Ashurit in 10th Century Tiberia.  Notice the length of the YOD.  Although we would invalidate it today; then, this was de…