THE RO­BOT THAT WROTE A TO­RAH

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

TECH­NOL­OGY has af­fected many a trade but could one of the most sa­cred Jewish roles now be at risk, that of the To­rah scribe?

Time mag­a­zine re­ports that a ro­bot scribe has just gone on dis­play at Berlin’s Jewish Mu­seum. The in­ven­tion of a Ger­man artists’ group called robot­lab, it takes the ma­chine sofer only three months to com­plete a To­rah scroll com­pared with a whole year needed by its hu­man coun­ter­part.

But the tra­di­tional sofer can re­lax. For one thing, a To­rah must be writ­ten with a goose quill and the ro­bot writer has yet to mas­ter that.

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