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Thursday, April 14, 2005

JTA Lomdus

SAN FRANCISCO, April 13 (JTA) — Despite the Talmudic injunction that calls upon every Jew to write his own Torah, only a handful of scholars throughout history have attempted the monumental task of translating the entire Chumash, or Five Books of Moses.

It's hard to know what to deal with here first? 'Talmudic' injunction or the JTA's belief that every Jew writing his own sefer torah involves an obligation to translate it into english, when in fact translating the Torah was considered unacceptable originally and the translation into greek was considered a cause for mourning.

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