Restoring transparency and accountability

to the world of
Sifrei Torah, Tefillin and Mezuzos/Megillos

GUIDE

To provide guidance to the Jewish public for all STa”M related needs.

EDUCATE

To educate the Jewish public on topics of STa”M, promote awareness and build confidence to make informed purchases.

REGULATE

To create a worldwide market for STa”M that is 100% transparent and regulated.

About STAMP

STAMP is a non-profit organization that aims to restore transparency and accountability to the world of STa”M (Sifrei Torah, Tefillin and Mezuzos/Megillos). To achieve this goal, STAMP has created a state-of-the-art certification program for the articles of STa”M themselves, as well as for the sofer (scribe) and the magiah (checker), designed to ensure quality and authenticity.

STAMP is partially funded by the Mayberg Foundation, a private foundation dedicated to proliferating Jewish wisdom and values in the contemporary world.

The Need

When making any type of purchase, consumers worldwide rely on a process called “quality control”, which ensures that the product was reliably produced. In the field of STa”M, items are commonly written, checked and manufactured with little to no transparency or accountability. Current certifying bodies only provide certification for the Sofer himself. However, the reality is that many sofrim (plural for sofer) are not certified at all and the majority of those who are, do not renew their certification every three years as required. In addition, these certifying bodies do not provide any supervision and take no responsibility for the articles written by that Sofer. Thus, unlike the reality we are all familiar with in the kosher food industry, when we set out to purchase an article of STa”M, there is currently no way to verify its kashrus (status of being kosher or not).

STAMP aims to address the following issues:

Awareness

The Jewish public is largely uneducated on topics of STa”M. This results in hundreds of thousands of uninformed purchases every year and, thus, many consumers being sold problematic STa”M.

The assurance

Much of the parchment, ink, etc. used to produce most STa”M are manufactured with little to no supervision.

Quality

It has become accepted that each STa”M article is checked by only one Magiah (checker). In addition, the computer programs currently available to perform an additional check, are largely unreliable.

The people

An overwhelming number of sofrim/magihim are not certified. Some have never been certified. Others were certified in the past but have not fulfilled the requirement of renewing their certification.

The materials

Articles of STa”M lack any identifiable sign that the materials used to produce it are halachically acceptable, that the Sofer who wrote it is certified and that it was adequately checked.

STAMP’s Standards

Additional Benefits

STAMP Magihim are in constant contact with the Sofrim in order to provide them with the feeback necessary to improve the quality of their work.

Support network for sofrim/magihim struggling
with technical issues in their work (writing,
correcting mistakes, quill cutting, balancing ink
consistency and parchment texture, etc.)
 

STAMP promotes fair trade standards (proper
compensation and work environment) for the
sofrim/magihim who remain committed to
providing Jews worldwide with quality STa”M.
They comprise a mere 0.03% of the world Jewish
population and the rarity of their skill should be
recognized as such.

 
 

STAMP assists sofrim and smaller manufacturers who are
not as well known in getting “on the map,” improve
their products, and make their products more
accessible to the world Jewish market.

 
 

under the guidance and supervision of:

HaRav HaGaon
R' Yitzchak Mordechai HaCohen Rubin shlit"a

Nasi

HaRav Yaakov Zions shlit"a

Mashgiach

HaRav Reuvain Mendlowitz shlit"a

Mashgiach

HaRav Chaim Sperling shlit"a

Mashgiach

HaRav Yaakov Shiloni shlit"a

Mashgiach

HaRav Moshe Uri Bloi shlit"a

Mashgiach

Education and Public Awareness

When making any type of purchase, consumers worldwide rely on a process called “quality control”, which ensures that the product was reliably produced. In the field of STa”M, items are written, checked and manufactured with little to no transparency or accountability. Current certifying bodies only provide certification for the Sofer himself. However, many sofrim (plural for sofer) are not certified at all and the majority of those who are, do not renew their certification every three years as required. In addition, these certifying bodies do not provide any supervision and take no responsibility for the articles written by that Sofer. Thus, unlike the reality we are all familiar with in the kosher food industry, when we set out to purchase an article of STa”M, there is currently no way to verify its kashrus (status of being kosher or not).

Questions?

Contact the STAMP team at: info@thestamproject.org

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