A Puzzle

Puzzle: A man is sitting by a window, writing. He stops. He opens the window and calls to some kids playing in the courtyard. One comes over.

“How old are you?” the man asked.

“Six” the boy said.

“Do you have a brother?”

“Yes; he’s eight.” “He’ll do. Call him over.” said the man.

Who is the man and what does he want?

Answer: The man is a scribe, writing in Hebrew, on a part of the Torah scroll. He has written a letter in a word that might look like another letter that it closely resembles. He needs the word of a kid who has just learned to read but doesn’t read well enough to self-correct. If the kid reads the word correctly, the word will stand. If he reads the word incorrectly, the entire sheer will have to be done over.