What were they thinking?

I've noticed a trend in some of the older (pre war) Sefardi sifrei Torah, particularly those written on gvil, where there is very little space between words. Sometimes the space is virtually indistinguishable from the space between the letters. Certainly today's poskim would have an issue with that. But these are not cheap seforim, these are otherwise well written  and mehudar.

Does anyone know if a sefardic leniency exists or what other logical explanation for this phenomenon?


  1. See the Kol Yaakov Y"D 274 s"k 10.
    Essentially male ot katana was only l'chatchila, and less than that was acceptable.


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