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Robot writes Torah at Berlin Jewish Museum
Robot writes Torah at Berlin Jewish Museum

A Torah-writing robot has been presented at Berlin's Jewish Museum.

The robot was developed by the German artists' group robotlab and was displayed for the first time on Thursday.

While it takes the machine about three months to complete the 80-meter (260-foot) -long scroll, a rabbi or a sofer — a Jewish scribe — needs nearly a year. But unlike the rabbi's work, the robot's Torah can't be used in a synagogue.

Matthias Gommel from robotlab said the robot initially wrote down the Christian Bible in German, Spanish and Portuguese before it was reprogrammed with the help of an Israeli graphic designer.

The exhibition also contains a rabbi writing the Torah in the traditional way – by hand.

The robot will be on show through to January 2015 — the rabbi and the scrolls will only be there until August 3.

Click here to read the full article in Daily Mail

Friday, July 11, 2014
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