There are actually two separate traditions at play here, i.e. ווי העמודים (vavei ha'amudim) - the practice of heading every column possible with a vav - and בי''ה שמ''ו. How these are arrayed in a Sefer Torah varies by tradition, i.e. Ashkenaz, Western Sephardic, Mizrahi, Teimani, and Italian. This sheet lays these out in order across all five mentioned traditions.
Moshe is regarded as the ultimate tzaddik and all tzaddikim after him are compared to him. The foundation for this can be seen throughout his life, but we find in a particular scribal tradition pertaining to how Parashat Bo is written a visual midrash illustrating this.
The passage in Parashat Beha'alotcha known as Sefer Binsoa in the rabbinic literature, in every extant Torah scroll, is offset in the sefer Torah by a pair (or very rarely a trio) of what appear to be inverted nuns. There has been much rabbinical discussion on this phenomenon pertaining to both the sofrut aspect and the midrashic implications.
The 13 Attributes of Mercy is the heart of Hashem's response to the Golden Calf debacle. It is alluded to many times in the Tanakh and is central to the selichot prayers which we recite on the fast days of the Jewish calendar.
Sage Insights with regard to the garments prescribed for the Levitical priesthood in this week's parashah, as well as some orthographical observations respecting the sofrut practices associated with the parashah.
The Sinaitic Decalogue (Esrei haD'varim), in Jewish scribal tradition, is arranged in such a way to create a visual midrash within the text of the Torah scroll. Its shape varies by community and also over time. This sheet presents several traditions with regard to the layout of this important passage.
Parashat Mishpatim presents a number of legal statutes, including those which require capital punishment. Herein we focus on those, including discussion of both the scribal layout of the passage and the Sage insights into its exegesis.
Nestled in the center of Parashat B'shalach, we encounter the song sung by the Israelites upon their deliverance from Egyptian captivity. The Song of the Sea is the first specially-formatted song of the Torah. Herein, we examine the structure, the layout, and the meaning "block by block."