850 Year Old Sefer Torah? Update: high quality photos!

Article here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-22697098

Italian Articles here if you read Italian (I don't): http://www.ilfattoquotidiano.it/2013/05/28/torah-ritrovato-negli-archivi-alma-mater-piu-antico-rotolo-esistente-del-pentateuco/608744/
(This article seems to be showing a different sefer than the one in the other two articles.)


Update: I found much clearer photos here: http://www.corriere.it/cultura/foto/05-2013/torah/bibbia/bologna-ritrovata-torah-piu-antica-mondo_6049cf58-c7e1-11e2-803a-93f4eea1f9ad.shtml#10

I have also posted the photos of the ksav below. Click to enlarge:


  1. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-22697098

    What about the Abuhov Sefer Torah im Tzfas? that's still the oldest kosher sefer I presume.

    1. I don't know of a "kosher" Abuhov S"T. I know of three that are definitely not kosher, and one that is technically kosher, but a good bit of it has been replaced by a Sopher named Menashe Levi who copied the writing style and shapes of the otiot, but it is still his own hand.

  2. Very interesting.
    Few quick notes:
    1. Notice the letters Koof and Hey the legs touching the roof in many places.
    2. the lack of shaatnez Getz Tagim
    3. Special Tagim and strange lettes.
    4.The Noon Sofit on the right side of the shira in the bottom of the Omud. I have seen it in few very old Torahs (anyone knows what it is?)
    5. the layout of the shira according to the Rambam.

    Does anyone can find better resolution pictures of this Torah?
    Reb Eli, The Abuhav Torah from Tzfas is unlikely to be authentic. I compare the pictures the synagogue in tzfat are giving and the 2 different Torahs they have are actually one ksuv. I also have other pictures someone took from a different part of this Torah and it doesn't look as old.


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