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Monday, June 8, 2015

מידות השירות

I am having gvil made for a Sefer Torah for myself and the gvil macher wants to know how to be m'sartet the Shiros. I have never written a Sefer Torah before and I have no idea! How am I supposed to cheshbon them relative to the other yeri'os? It is a 48-line sefer; does that make any difference?

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  1. The standard way of calculating (for a 42-line Sefer) is to make shiras hayam 150% the width of the standard amud, and shiras ha’azinu 128% the width of the standard amud. I don’t know how that would translate to a 48-line Sefer.

    A better way of calculating would be to first figure out exactly how much room you need for your own writing and go from there:

    - The amud width should be no less than the minimum amount of space you need to comfortably write the most crowded line with proper spacing between words (for a 42-line Sefer, in shiras hayam the most crowded line is the last line on the amud). Write out that line a few times and take the average line length as your minimum.

    - In both shiros the spaces in the middle should be at least a shi'ur parasha — even for the lines that are a bit longer (…בא סוס פראה… & תהמת יכסימו). In shiras hayam the 2 spaces in the 3-part lines need to be (at least) a combined shi’ur parasha.

    - The best way to calculate a shi’ur parasha is to write out “אשר” many (many) times and calculate the average of every "אשר אשר אשר".

    - The last consideration is the maximum line width, which should be no longer than the most you can stretch the least-stretchable line. In shiras hayam that is “כל ישבי כנען”. Again, you will have to write it out a few times to figure out how far you can go before you lose the tzuras ha’os.

    Doing all of this work will be time-consuming, but you only have to do it one time for every size Sefer Torah you will write. In the end, you will have a much nicer Sefer.

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  2. do not write big or you wont be able to pick up the torah
    maximum should be 7mm a line

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    1. It's a גמרא מפורשת that the proper height for a Sefer Torah on gvil is 6 טפחים to get ארכו כהיקפו. I worked backwards from there.

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    2. and i had such a torah written and it is extremely heavy, there is a reason most gvil sforim are 40-45 cm

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  3. If you have the 48 line tikkun, take a look at the measurements of the Shira there are work it out. I have it if you don't.
    Regards

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    1. I am behind on some orders and have not even gotten a tikkun yet. Whatever info you have would be great. Tizke l'mitzvos!

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