Torah Restorer

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Running time: 
15 minutes
Torah scrolls -- Conservation and restoration
Scribes, Jewish

Rabbi Harry Pfeffer is a scribe: he restores Torah scrolls, which contains God’s teachings to the Jewish people. His occupation, conforming to a set of precise, unchanging rules, has been going on for thousands of years. While working on an early 20th century Torah, Rabbi Pfeffer explains the meaning of the Torah and describes the steps in restoring a Torah text. He talks about his strong personal motivation, his education, the meaning of high performance, and how it is assessed. Like the sculpure restorer featured in the Stone carver video, Rabbi Pfeffer emphasizes the importance of finding your own artistic style while respecting the rules. The video also shows the Torah being read at a worship service.

See also: Stone carver.