Rodney East has started a project that will conclude with the writing of all 304,805 characters of the Torah, in Hebrew STAM and with the quill of a feather.

His journey started by learning and practicing  writing for almost a year. He used a mechanical pen because it was easy to carry, but always knew that he would be using a quill for this project.  The transition from mechanical pen to quill proved to be slower than anticipated. So, the start of the Torah project has been put on hold while he practices some more on an intermediate project.

He is currently writing the Book of Esther with 11 lines per column on parchment.  He chose sheep skin as the parchment for this project.

He has many other interests and hobbies that vie for his attention. He loves any activity that gets him into the wilderness.  Hiking, rock climbing, canoeing, white water rafting, bird watching, and riding his bike.

Unfortunately in the Chicago Suburbs there is nothing that he considers “real” wilderness, but he still enjoys walks in the forest preserve, or even in the poor replica of a Illinois Prairie of his front yard.

The lights of the suburbs also make astronomy difficult. Astronomy has been a long time love of his, and his Bachelors degree is in Physics with an emphasis in Astrophysics.  His plan was to become an astronomer, but life has taken a different turn.  He currently works at the Center for Nanoscale Materials at the Argonne National Laboratory, as Computer Support, and loves his work.

Don’t get him started talking about

  • Permaculture
  • Health & fitness
  • Vegetarianism
  • Population issues
  • Raw food
  • Birds
  • Knot tying
  • Pathfinders
  • Astronomy
  • Wilderness Survival
  • Fire Building
  • The Bible
  • Hebrew
  • Environmental stewardship
  • Stephanie (Hebrew name: Malka bat Dan)
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Videography
  • Macintosh Computers.  Don’t ask about any other type, or you might get a diatribe.
  • Programming
  • Physics
  • Math
  • The Bible.

If you get hims started, you may learn more than you wanted to know.

He is currently attending the Ami Israel Khai Kehilah most of the time and twice a month he attends the Glen Ellyn Seventh-day Adventist Church, where he has worked with the Pathfinders for 10 years.

From March through the end of October, you can find him on his bike as he rides to and from work.

and… For the next 7 years you can find him in front of his drafting table that has been repurposed as a Sofer table writing the words of scriptures.


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