Patience, consistency, dedication. Look up any of those words in the dictionary, and you could easily see a picture of Richard Epstein, amateur Torah scribe.
The member of the Chabad Shul of Potomac, Maryland, recently penned the entire Torah (that's 304,805 letters) by hand using a feather quill on parchment made from sheepskin, the Washington Post reported.
It took Epstein about eight years from start to finish. A professional can pen a Torah in about a year, according to Chabad.org.
The accomplishment was lauded by his Chabad, which held a Grand Torah Celebration on Sunday to honor Epstein's work.
One mistake can invalidate the text, making accuracy far more important than speed, according to HaSoferet.com. Mistakes — if noticed — can be corrected, provided the mistake doesn't involve God's name, according to Epstein, who starred in a short documentary about his endeavor.
Epstein, who is also an author and professor, told the Washington Post that he feels as if the "Torah wrote me,Read More »from Man spends 8 years penning 304,805 letters of the Torah without a single error