A printed version of the Torah is known colloquially as a Chumash plural Chumashim. As described in the Books of Samuelthis event was marked by dancing and the playing of musical instruments.
The use of gevil and certain types of parchment has allowed some sifrei Torah of antiquity to survive intact for over years. While not in use it is housed in the Torah ark Aron Kodesh or Hekhalwhich in its turn is usually veiled by an embroidered parochet curtain as it should be according to Exodus The Sofer was from the Sharabi family There are three types of specially processed animal skin or parchment: Background[ edit ] Israeli Chief of General Staff Gabi Ashkenazi is honored with the writing of the final letters in a Torah scroll dedicated to the welfare of missing or kidnapped IDF soldiers at the Rabin Base in Tel AvivThe mitzvah to write a Torah scroll is the last of the commandments.
The basis for this practice is a Talmudic teaching that whoever corrects one letter in a Torah scroll earns the same merit as one who writes an entire Torah scroll.
A chumash contains the Torah and other writings, usually organised for liturgical use, and sometimes accompanied by some of the main classic commentaries.
In some traditions the Torah is housed in an ornamental wooden case. A set of sterling silver finials rimmonim are used to decorate the top ends of the rollers.
According to halakhaa sefer Torah is a copy of the formal Hebrew text of the Torah hand-written on gevil or klaf forms of parchment see below by using a quill or other permitted writing utensil dipped in ink.
If the error involves a word other than the name of God, the mistaken letter may be obliterated from the scroll by scraping the letter off the scroll with a sharp object.
On the other hand, most Sephardi communities — those communities associated with the Spanish diaspora, such as Moroccan Jewsthe Spanish and Portuguese Jews with the exception of the Hamburg tradition and the Judaeo-Spanish communities of the Ottoman Empire — do not use tikim, but rather vestidos mantles.
The Torah scroll is taken out and read from four times a week — on Shabbat morning, Shabbat afternoon, and Monday and Thursday mornings — as well on Yom TovRosh Chodeshand Jewish fast days.
Very strict rules about the position and appearance of the Hebrew alphabet are observed. Usage[ edit ] Torah reading from a Sefer Torah is traditionally reserved for Monday and Thursday mornings, as well as for Shabbat and Jewish holidays. The gold and silver ornaments belonging to the scroll are collectively known as kele kodesh sacred vesselsand somewhat resemble the ornaments of the High Priest of Israel Kohen gadol.
Scrolls not processed in this way are considered invalid Hilkoth Tefillin 1: Inauguration of a Torah scroll[ edit ] Main article: Inside the sanctuary[ edit ] Dancing with the new Torah scroll and other Torah scrolls in a synagogue in Amona When the procession nears the synagogue, yeshiva, or other destination, the other Torah scrolls that are already housed in the ark of the sanctuary are removed and carried outside to "welcome" the new scroll; then all the scrolls are carried inside together.
See for example the Mishnah Berurah on the subject. Because of the work involved, these can cost tens of thousands of United States dollars to produce to ritually proper standards.
If the ink from too many letters is lost, a Torah scroll is no longer used. The presence of a minyan is required for the reading of the Torah to be held in public during the course of the worship services.
A Sefer Torah written on duchsustos is not kosher. Even so, ink would slowly flake off of scrolls. It is a great honor to be chosen for this. The donor of the scroll, family members, friends, and other honorees take turns carrying the Torah scroll during the procession.
Producing a sefer Torah fulfills one of the commandments. The old page is treated with appropriate respect, and is buried with respect rather than being otherwise destroyed or discarded. This ceremony usually takes place in the home of the one who is donating the scroll.
Whenever the scroll is opened to be read it is laid on a piece of cloth called the mappah. A kosher Sefer Torah should be written on gevil. The housing has two rollers, each of which has two handles used for scrolling the text, four handles in all.
The completion of the Sefer Torah is a cause for great celebration, and honored guests of the individual who commissioned the Torah are invited to a celebration wherein each of the honored guests is given the opportunity to write one of the final letters.
A yador pointer, may also be hung from the scroll, since the Torah itself should never be touched with the bare finger.
The new page is sewn into the scroll to maintain continuity of the document.Reconditioned holy Kosher Torah scroll. Wriiten by master scribe and in excellent condition. Veriifed kosher by Danny Levine, 4th generation scribe who follows in the footsteps of his great grandfather who was a scribe and founded J Levine back in /5(1).
A Sefer Torah (Hebrew: ספר תורה ; "Book of Torah" or "Torah scroll"; plural: ספרי תורה Sifrei Torah) is a handwritten copy of the Torah, the holiest book in Judaism. It must meet extremely strict standards of production. The advantage of commissioning a Torah Scroll and being involved in the writing from the beginning is being able to have the community participate in the.
I'm wondering if anybody else has experience writing their own Sefer Torah, how long it took them and how much it cost. It took me about 9 years and about $3, to write mine. money time writing-printing sefer-torah. Writing a Torah scroll is a religious act.
First and foremost, a kosher (acceptable according to Jewish law) Torah scroll must be hand-written. This is done by a sofer (scribe), a specially trained individual who is devout and knowledgeable in the laws governing the proper writing and assembling of a scroll. A kosher Torah scroll will cost between $30, and $50, each.
The Ben Gurion Institute for Microfilming Hebrew Manuscripts in Jerusalem says that “if a manuscript is written according to the laws of STAM, the manuscript is considered to be original”.Download