The Jerusalem Nano Bible company was established after its founder paid a random visit the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology), and could not forget what he saw there. Today, the company produces jewelry embedded in miniature Bible books, takes pride in a crowd of buyers that spreads all the way to China, as well as in a special Halachic ruling related to its jewelry
Rakefet Pere | mako | Published on February 8, 2018 – 7:14 pm
Nearly a decade ago, in 2009, scientists at the Technion managed to miniaturize a full Bible book to the size of a grain of rice, as part of an experiment aimed to introduce the students to nanotechnology.
That miniature Bible was left at the Technion without much use, but Ami Bentov, 50, did not leave this story behind. “People wear and even tattoo symbols on their body – a Star of David, cross, letters and names, while these people are personally attached to these symbols”, he explains. “You probably know people who put the Book of Psalms in their bag or pocket to keep them safe. Well, it’s much more than that. The Book of Psalms, Torah, Priestly Blessings, scrolls, stories of the ancestors, the entire heritage and experience of the Jewish people are embodied in the Bible, and since it carries an emotional value, it also has its energy”.
This energetic connection gave Bentov an idea – to see if he could find a method that would allow the Bible to be the size of a tiny chip embedded in a piece of jewelry. “I began to look for people who could help me develop a way that would allow mass production of Bible books the size of a chip at affordable prices”, he says. “After a few years and several unsuccessful applications, I contacted the CEO of Tower, a chip manufacturing company from Migdal HaEmek, who supported the idea”.
The Bible that came all the way to China
Bentov invested his own money and created a prototype – a 5 mm square chip that contains the entire Bible from Genesis to Chronicles. “I wanted the product to be small enough, but bigger than a grain of rice, so that it would be visible when embedded in a piece of jewelry”, he says.
After Tower agreed to produce the chips for him, Bentov established the Jerusalem Nano Bible company, which currently provides franchising rights to jewelers who purchase the chips and embed them in jewelry. The chips are coated with nine nanometric layers that make them completely resistant to water and dust, so that the content embedded in them cannot be damaged. Currently, over 15 jewelers worldwide design and produce Nano Bible jewelry, and sell it either independently or through the company at prices ranging between NIS 135-400.
How do you know that the jewelry really contains the Bible?
“Everyone who receives a franchise is provided with a certificate to be attaches to each product, and our chip has a hallmark. I suppose some might try to copy, but our Bible is made with love and soul, and an imitation is just that – an imitation”.
So who wears jewelry that contains Bible books?
“All kinds of people. The fact that this is a product that anyone can buy attracts a wide range of customers – there are parents who buy it for their children, tourists who buy souvenirs from Israel, embassies that give unique jewelry and pins especially designed for their guests, however, the vast majority of people buy it for themselves. I think that one builds his energy with the Bible. Some businessmen will not engage in a transaction without it. There is a forty-year-old woman who told us that her husband bought her jewelry as a gift and that cheered her up during a midlife crisis. Another woman became pregnant and connected it to the Nano Bible and a man got married and believed it has to do with the Nano Bible. I personally don’t take the Bible off, and I am sure there is only good in it”.
According to Bentov, even a few hundred Chinese ordered jewelry with the miniature Bible: “It really took us by surprise, but there is a large community of Israel supporters there”, he says. “They buy the Nano Bible out of respect for the book and the technological concept. They are afraid to identify with a religion that is not one of the three Chinese religions, and in general, the issue of religion is quite problematic there, so in this way they can take the Bible with them without anyone knowing”.
The Rabbinical Council approved
If Bentov’s constant preoccupation with the Bible was not enough, he recently received his own Halachic ruling: “The Bible is a holy book, and therefore, the jewelry led to questions of religious and Halachic nature due to the books contained in the jewelry and the possibility of sacrilege,” he explains. Bentov reviewed the issue with Eretz Hemdah Institute – a Rabbinical Council that adjudicates Halachic matters. The Council issued a ruling, according to which, due to the miniature size the text, and due to fact that it can only be read with a microscope, the rules relevant to the common Bible book are not applicable and therefore, the jewelry can be worn anytime and anywhere, and it shall not be considered sacrilege
Do people have special requests and questions?
“All the time. There were inquiries about the New Testament, as well as many requests from Muslims who asked us to develop a chip with the Koran”.
Are going to do it?
“In case of the Arabic language, it is quite complicated due to the rounded shape of the Arabic script”. Today, nanotechnology allows printing only square writing, so it is not possible with handwriting or a handwritten Latin script, for example”.
So how would you like to evolve further?
“We are trying to find an investor, who will help us develop an application able to communicate with the chip, which will allow anyone who wearing the jewelry to read selected passages, such as The Book of Psalms. In addition, I would like to find someone who can manufacture produce dedicated to Israel’s 70th anniversary. The slogan coined by Miri Regev – “A heritage of innovation”, really suits this product, since it combines the glorious heritage and tradition of the Jewish people with word-leading innovation and technology”.
Link to the original article (in Hebrew): MAKO