04.08.2012 16.Aw. 5772 Wa'etchanan, Schabbat Nachamu
A professional scribe needs to know his or her letters, but need not be a scholar.
Prior to the development of the printing press, copies of written material were produced manually. In one of the earliest advertisements for Xerox machines, a monk was assigned to copy a manuscript by hand. He smugly returned a few minutes later with a copy that ordinarily would have required months of work. Copying, whether by machine or by hand, does not necessarily require erudition….