The Torah will be divided into 54 NFTs, one for each part into which the holy book is divided.
6 collectible tokens are already on sale on OpenSea.
The Jewish law book, the Torah, is in the process of being converted into non-fungible tokens (NFTs) 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. A plastic artist is in charge of illustrating the biblical texts.
Each Parasha (name given to the 54 parts into which the Torah is divided to facilitate its reading) will be converted into a collectible token. «Own a portion of the Torah on the blockchain with a Parasha on NFT ”, invites the project website“ NFT Torah ”.
The three rabbis participating in the initiative They are Mordechai Lighstone, founder of the TechTribe virtual community; Jonathan Caras, who is also a developer and technology leader for an investment fund; and Ari Abramowitz, who also works as a film producer and director.
In the description of the project, its authors describe the Torah as “the original blockchain»:
The Jewish people have kept the Holy Torah as an unbroken chain for more than 3,000 years. Through the Torah, we connect our current generation to Moses and Mount Sinai. In each block, in each generation, the Torah is revised and passed on to the next.
NFT Torah, collectible tokens project on Ethereum
Add the information page that each NFT, in addition to containing the sacred text, will include “beautiful works of art to represent the various narratives of the Torah.” Those responsible indicate that these collectible tokens can be used as a gift, to honor a loved one, or to fulfill, through their acquisition, the command to collaborate with the writing of a Torah scroll.
A certified physical Torah scroll kosher, that is, that it respects the ritual prescriptions of Judaism, it must meet certain particular characteristics. Among them are the ink, the material used and the writing technique on the part of a sofer (write) qualified. Its cost can range between USD 30,000 and USD 100,000, so it is a challenge for many Jewish communities to acquire a copy of the book of the Law.
6 portions of the Torah are now for sale on OpenSea
Six servings of the Torah are already for sale in the OpenSea collectible token market. At the time of writing, almost all of them are one-time editions and are available at auction for their introductory price of 1 ether (ETH).
The only exception is the Parasha “Bereshit” (“Genesis”), which opens the biblical story, and of which 18 tokens were issued that can be purchased from 1.1 ETH.
The author of the images that accompany the biblical texts is Christina Mattison Ebert, a multimedia artist with a master’s degree in visual storytelling from the New York School of Visual Arts. After completing his conversion to Judaism, in the early 2010s, he produced several Judaic-themed artworks as part of the D’rash Design Project.
The purchase of the NFTs of the project reported here enables their owners to print the work directly from the author’s website.
God and cryptocurrencies: a relationship with history
It is not the first time that God, religion and spirituality have been combined with blockchains, tokens and other common elements of the world of Bitcoin (BTC) and cryptocurrencies.
CriptoNoticias reported how a New Testament message was included in block 666.666 of the Bitcoin blockchain. The block number chosen was not random, but rather reminiscent of the symbols from the book of Revelation.
This medium also reported that a decentralized finance protocol (DeFi) was developed specifically to comply with regulations. halal and be able, in this way, to be used by Muslims without representing a contradiction with your religious convictions.
To bitcoiner Jimmy Song, who exhibits openly his Christian faith, BTC is a means to fulfill the cardinal virtues enunciated by Plato and which were later incorporated into the Christian catechism. According to him, Satoshi Nakamoto’s cryptocurrency can encourage us to seek prudence, temperance, justice and strength. One of Song’s books is titled “Thank God for Bitcoin.”