Welcome to our site!
I am Rabbi Yerachmiel Askotzky, a certified sofer, scribe, and examiner by the Vaad Mishmeres STaM, the center for international activities to preserve and promote the integrity of the scribal arts.
I have years of extensive experience writing, checking, repairing and distributing Torah scrolls, tefillin, mezuzahs and megillahs, wholesale and retail, worldwide. In addition, I have visited many communities and schools to give presentations and do checking campaigns.
I studied for many years under and am recommended by Harav Hagaon Rav Mordechai Friedlander SHLIT"A, the posek, halachic authority, of the Vaad Mishmeres STaM in Jerusalem and one of the foremost poskim in STaM worldwide.
I was born and raised in Milwaukee where I learned in the local Chafetz Chaim yeshiva. I continued learning in Chafetz Chaim and other kollels, advanced talmudic institutes for married men, in Israel where I eventually trained to be a sofer and examiner. In addition, I have a degree in Rabbinics, a teachers certificate from the Israeli government and the Torahs Educators Institute in Jerusalem and began my graduate degree in education before family and STaM "got in the way".
I have applied my extensive experience together with many recommendations from leading halachic authorities and other experts in the field to provide STaM with very high standards, to serve as your best kashrus assurance, while maintaining very reasonable prices. In addition, I published with Targum Press the acclaimed book, Tefillin & Mezuzos, a sofer shows you how to choose, maintain and understand your tefillin, mezuzah and Torah scrolls and have penned other articles and educational material for this and other popular Torah websites. In addition, my Proper Tefillin Placement poster is available free of charge to shuls and schools!
I was raised in a family deeply committed to community service. My parents have been very involved on all levels in many local charities, synagogues and schools. In fact, my parents were part of a small nucleus of families that were instrumental in getting the local Milwaukee yeshiva, WITS, off the ground and maintained it in its formative years. They built the playground of the local Hillel Academy almost single handedly and their living room was the site for the first minyan, prayer service, for what is today's one of the communities thriving synagogues and the first and only full service, Orthodox shul in the neighborhood. This "genetic" commitment is what gives me the drive to share my knowledge with you and to provide you with the services presented herein.
If you have any comments, concerns, suggestions or questions please contact me.