Torah Scribing: A Recipe for a Living Tradition

Torah scribe, Julie Seltzer, compares the experience of finding her belated mother’s hand-written banana bread recipe on a worn index card and the writing of a Torah scroll. How can the handwriting of each of these items speak to us, convey care, and transmit tradition?

Julie Seltzer is a scribe, baker, and artist. She began creating challah art at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Connecticut, where she lived until recently. Julie now resides in the Bay Area, where she is writing a torah scroll at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.

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