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A Letter in the Torah Scroll

What is a Torah scroll?

The Torah scroll is a tangible embodiment of our connection to G‑d. It is our most precious treasure and our guide to life. “And now,” Moses says, “write for yourselves this song” (Deuteronomy 31:19). Meaning that every Jew should write a Torah scroll. But writing a Torah is a laborious process. Each one of its 304,805 letters must be written by hand, with ink and quill on parchment, in special calligraphy, by a trained scribe. If you’re not a trained scribe, you could always commission one to write a Torah for you. But if you can’t afford that, there is another way to fulfill the mitzvah: Contribute toward the writing of a communal Torah.

Jewish Unity

Which is the most important letter in the Torah? The first? The last? The letters in the Ten Commandments? Actually, if any letter is missing or incomplete, the whole scroll is invalid for use. The Jewish nation is one Torah scroll. Every individual – big or small, scholar or unlearned – is one letter. We are all one, interdependent and equally important. The Lubavitcher Rebbe proposed that all Jews join together by purchasing a letter in a “collective” Torah scroll, expressing our inherent unity. One nation, one Torah, one G‑d. Moreover, a letter in the Torah places its owner in “G‑d’s book.”

The Dedication Ceremony

In Jewish tradition, a Torah is welcomed to the community as a new bride and groom are celebrated by their families and friends. The Torah is introduced under a traditional marriage canopy (Chuppah) and is accompanied by singing and dancing. Every community member is an integral part of the celebration  just as a family member is to the wedding.

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