3 Rabbis and an Artist Bring Torah to Ethereum as NFT

Key facts:
  • The Torah will be divided into 54 NFT, one for each part the holy book is divided into.

  • 6 collectible tokens are already for sale on OpenSea.

The book of Jewish law, the Torah, is in the process of being converted into non fungible tokens (NFT) on Ethereum. The initiative comes from three rabbis from the United States and Israel, and the purpose is to raise money to make physical Torah scrolls that will be donated to different communities. An artist is in charge of illustrating the biblical texts.

Each Parashah (the name given to the 54 parts into which the Torah is divided to make it easier to read) will be converted into a collectible token. “Own a Torah portion on the blockchain with a Parashah in NFT,” invites the “NFT Torah” project website.

The three rabbis involved in the initiative are Mordechai Lighstone, founder of the virtual community TechTribe; Jonathan Caras, who is also a developer and technology leader of an investment fund; and Ari Abramowitz, who also serves as a film producer and director.

In the project description, the authors describe the Torah as “the original blockchain”:

The Jewish people have maintained the Holy Torah as an unbroken chain for over 3,000 years. Through the Torah, we connect our present generation all the way back to Moses and Mount Sinai. In each block, in each generation, the Torah is revised and transmitted to the next.

NFT Torah, Collectible Token Project on Ethereum

The informational page adds that each NFT, in addition to containing the sacred text, will include “beautiful artwork to represent the various narratives of the Torah.” The officials indicate that these collectible tokens can be used as a gift, to honor a loved one, or to fulfill, through their purchase, the commandment to collaborate with the writing of a Torah scroll.

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A physical Torah scroll that is certified kosher, that is, that respects the ritual prescriptions of Judaism, must meet certain particular characteristics. Among them are the ink, the material used and the writing technique by a qualified sofer (scribe). Its cost can range from $30,000 to $100,000, making it a challenge for many Jewish communities to acquire a copy of the Book of the Law.

6 Torah portions now for sale on OpenSea

Six portions of the Torah are now available for sale in the marketplace of t

OpenSea collectible okens

. At the time of writing, almost all of them are unique editions and are available at auction for their launch price of 1 ether (ETH).

The only exception is the Parashah

“Bereshit” (“Genesis”), which opens the biblical story, and of which 18 tokens were issued and can be purchased starting at 1.1 ETH.

The author of the images accompanying the biblical texts is Christina Mattison Ebert, a multimedia artist with a master’s degree in visual storytelling from the School of Visual Arts in New York. After completing her conversion process to Judaism in the early 2010s, she produced several Judaic-themed artworks as part of the D’rash Design Project.

3 Rabbis and an Artist Bring Torah to Ethereum as NFT 3 Rabbis and an Artist Bring Torah to Ethereum as NFT So far, six portions of the Torah have been converted to non-fungible token format by the “NFT Torah” project. Source: opensea.io.

Purchasing the NFT to kens from the project reported here enables their owners to print the work directly from the author’s website


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This is not the first time that God, religion and spirituality are combined with blockchain, tokens and other common elements of the Bitcoin (BTC) and cryptocurrency world

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CryptoNews reported how a message from the New Testament was included in the 666,666th block

of the Bitcoin blockchain. The block number chosen was not random, but reminiscent of symbols from the book of Revelation.

The media also reported that a decentralized finance protocol (DeFi) was developed specifically to comply with halal regulationsso that it can be used by Muslims without representing a halal standard.

t is a contradiction to his religious convictions.

For bitcoiner Jimmy Song, who openly exhibits his Christian faith, BTC is a means to fulfill the cardinal virtues enunciated by Plato and later incorporated into the Christian catechism. According to him, Satoshi Nakamoto’s cryptocurrency can drive us to pursue prudence, temperance, justice and fortitude. One of Song’s books is titled “Thank God for Bitcoin”.