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Encased behind glass near the entrance to Temple Beth El, 1836 Rohrerstown Road, is a Torah scroll. It is opened to Deuteronomy 25:17 — a passage that begins with the word “Remember.” It is a poignant verse. While all synagogues have Torah scrolls — Temple Beth El has five — which are read and ...
One was a sheepskin scroll parchment dated to around 1360, while the other was a codex – a book – from the 15th century. They were both written in the ancient Samaritan script; the Samaritans trace their roots to the tribes of Ephraim and Menashe and practice a Torah-based religion similar to Judaism.

“We had been widely teaching the messages of both negiah (literally touch, referring to the Torah idea of restricting physical contact between individuals from opposite sexes) and yichud (literally seclusion, referring to the Torah idea that a man and a woman not married to each other should not be alone ...
The Talmud records the conversation between a non-Jew and the great rabbi Hillel in which he challenged Hillel to teach him the entire Torah while standing on one foot. Hillel replied by paraphrasing this principle and saying that it is the essence of all Torah: “What is hateful to you, do not do to others.
There is a story, both delightful and profound, about Rabbi Joseph Karo (1488-1575), the author of the Code of Jewish Law and surely one of the towering masters of Torah in the last 500 years. He was passing by a schoolyard where the kids were playing and tossing around questions raised in their class.
Study it, the Torah itself, he said, not books about the Torah. Get the real thing: the original. Become your own authority. Rabbi Besdin pressed us to compile Hebrew vocabulary lists, to master the roots forms of Hebrew verbs, to piece together sentences of Jewish sacred texts (such as the Hebrew Bible) ...

Rabbi Kevin Hale uses a quill to write in the final letters of a newly restored torah during a ceremony at Dartmouth College's Roth Center for Jewish Life in Hanover, N.H., on March 23, 2018. Hale is one of about 10 rabbis in the United States trained as torah scribes. (Valley News - Carly Geraci) Copyright ...
From left is Leominster Sky View Middle School eighth grader Owen Santos, second place winner, Homeschooler Torah Smith from Fitchburg, who was the winners, and Leominster North West Elementary School fifth grader William Vasquezi, third place winner, of the 2018 North Central Massachusetts ...
For those who attended last year's Torah in the City sponsored by the Orthodox Union, the memories of the day still linger. The Citi Field venue with its impressively large open spaces, the illustrious roster of speakers and the enthusiasm of the attendees made 2017's event quite memorable. Through the ...
Scheck Hillel dedicated the new Sefer Torah to honor the life and legacy of Yuval Miara, who was the school's director of Judaic studies and Hebrew language for its Juda and Maria Diener Lower School. The celebration followed the school's recent 2018 Annual Event that featured Rabbi Lord Jonathan ...
Hashem commanded Moshe (25:16) to place in the Ark the “testimony” which Hashem would give him. Rashi explains that this is a reference to the Torah and the Tablets, which bear witness to the fact that Hashem commanded us regarding the mitzvos which are contained therein. Harav Zalman Sorotzkin ...
“Torah for Frenchies” is a unique opportunity for students who have a preference to speak French to join together to learn Torah and discuss relevant and timely topics in French; standing at Sinai, sitting in L.A, and transporting themselves to France all thought the words of Dr. Chekroun or occasionally his ...
Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach grew up in a time of great poverty in Yerushalayim. As a child and bochur, his family was so poor that Rav Shlomo Zalman would often go to learn in yeshiva without have eaten anything at all because he wanted to leave the little bit of food in the house for his younger siblings ...
Just the last in the sequence, this week, was of Rabbi Sadan suggesting that the Holocaust may have happened, because "in the 20th century most of the Jewish people desecrated the Shabbat, fornicated and forsook the Torah." In fairness to Sadan, the quote was from a lecture he gave nearly five years ...
Senator Chuck Schumer, arguably the top ranking democrat in the United States right now, believes that there is no peace between Israel and Palestine because — well, because the Palestinians don't believe in the Torah. Speaking at the AIPAC Policy Conference earlier this week, Senator Schumer ...
Our Torah reading this week, the double parasha of Vayak'hel-Pekudei, describes the construction of the mishkan (the Israelites' desert sanctuary) and offers an inventory of the materials used to build it. Credit is given to the chief craftsmen, Betzalel and Oholiav, who were experts in metalwork, woodwork, ...
Simsbury's Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation - Emek Shalom will be restoring a Torah from the Holocaust. The scroll came to the community in 1973 and is one of three Torahs in the country from the Klaus Synagogue in Prague. It dates back to the mid-1700s and in 1942 was sent to the Central ...

WEST LAFAYETTE - Each week, Rabbi Michael Harvey removes the Torah from its sacred space and reads from it, sharing the words of the Hebrew Old Testament during services at Temple Israel. Yet all that handling of the Torah comes at a cost, with the Torah showing signs of wear and tear.
More than 400 members of the local Jewish community recently joined local dignitaries and two-dozen rabbis from across Northern California to commemorate the completion of the new Torah Scroll at the Chabad of the Tri-Valley's Center for Jewish Life on Hopyard Road. The Torah is a 3,300-year-old ...
In 2015, Rabbi Shlomo Einhorn, dean of school at Yeshivat Yavneh in Los Angeles, held a live video shiur, or teaching session, on Lag B'Omer, when he taught for 18 hours straight. This year, he'll try to go even longer. On Lag B'Omer — from 11 p.m. May 2 through 6 p.m. May 3 — Einhorn plans to conduct ...
The Library of Congress recently acquired a fragment of a Torah scroll dating to around the year 1000 CE. While it is not ... The scroll was found in the Torah niche of the Ein Gedi synagogue during excavations in 1970, so we may conclude that it was used for the liturgical reading of the Torah. Then, as now ...
The Torah tells how G-d created the earth and the heavens, although the stories that follow tell us more about the former than the latter. A new exhibit doesn't quite answer theological questions about space, but it does show the ways in which Jews have looked at, written about and traveled into the final ...
We expect the Torah to require another person to do the dirty work, so that the lofty clergy could focus exclusively on holy priestly business. Instead, the Torah requires the priests to get their hands dirty. But why do we expect that? Perhaps because all too often, in our culture, manual labor is considered ...
During the class, children had the opportunity to touch, feel, and interact with the Torah with the guidance of Rabbi Zalman Baumgarten. The Hebrew letters came to life as Rabbi Zalman Baumgarten guided young students in understanding the significance of the Torah to the Jewish people and the practice ...
Earlier this month, over a batch of half-baked brownies, we discussed a Torah portion that rattled the foundation of my identity as a Jewish woman. In Genesis 12:10-12:20, Abram and his wife Sarai go to Egypt to flee a famine. Abram asks Sarai to pretend to be his sister so that the Pharaoh might reward ...
CTeen had arranged for each of the 2,500 participants to receive his or her own letter in a Torah scroll known as the “Sefer Torah Haklali.” It is part of a campaign initiated by the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, that each person should have a letter inscribed in a Torah scroll ...
Simsbury's Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation - Emek Shalom will be restoring a Torah from the Holocaust. The scroll came to the community in 1973 and is one of three Torahs in the country from the Klaus Synagogue in Prague. It dates back to the mid-1700s and in 1942 was sent to the Central ...
Cheyenne's Mt. Sinai Congregation held a first-ever Torah “roll-out” Sunday, inviting the community to learn the history of its seven Torah scrolls, participate in rolling scrolls and meet religious leaders. The scrolls are handwritten copies of the Torah, the holiest book in Judaism used during the ritual reading ...
But the instructor standing before them held a poster with several Torah passages and Jewish prayers, revealing that this yoga session had a purpose greater than a good afternoon stretch. This was Torah Yoga, a practice that links the ancient poses associated with Hindu religion to the teachings of Jewish ...
WEST LAFAYETTE - Each week, Rabbi Michael Harvey removes the Torah from its sacred space and reads from it, sharing the words of the Hebrew Old Testament during services at Temple Israel. Yet all that handling of the Torah comes at a cost, with the Torah showing signs of wear and tear.
“V'zot haTorah asher sam Moshe lifnei b'nei Yisrael al pi Adonai b'yad Moshe.” (Deuteronomy 4:44, Numbers 4:37, 45, adapted). Which means: This is the Torah Moses placed before the People Israel, to fulfill the word of God. We chant these words every Shabbat morning as the Torah scroll is raised high ...
The Jewish community on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, will gather this evening at 7 p.m. for inspiration and prayer for the safe return of two Torah scrolls stolen from the Chabad center. On Sunday morning, a member of the community entered the sanctuary and noticed that the yad, the ritual Torah pointer, ...
(JTA) — Torah scrolls valued at about $50,000 each were stolen from a synagogue on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. The scrolls were taken over the weekend from the sanctuary of the Chabad of Hawaii, located in the Ala Moana Hotel, according to local reports. One was written in the 1850s in Lithuania ...
In our liturgy, the Torah is referred to as the “tree of life.” But although it's rich in general guiding principles, the Torah is paradoxically terse or mute on several of our era's hottest issues: abortion, gay marriage and transgenderism. These issues share two common denominators: all reverse or thwart natural ...
One firefighter in particular was touched: Weam Nevuani, a veteran Druze firefighter, observed the towering flames and thought that every effort ought to be made to rescue the sacred objects inside. “As I was working,” he told Israeli TV, “I saw a Torah scroll about to catch fire. I jumped on it right away and ...
More than 2,000 people celebrated the recent completion of a Sefer Torah during a community street fair with rides, music, shows and a Hanukkah celebration at Chabad Chayil-Highland Lakes Jewish Center in Miami. The Torah scroll was dedicated in honor of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, the late Rabbi ...
"A lot of people ask me why don't you give a list of what you need to a man who can buy you the supplies," Motzkin said. "I don't because a Torah must be done with integrity. There has to be integrity of process. That's why I source my own materials." The sourcing begins by making parchment from deerskin ...
Although there were in those days, too, Jews who strictly adhered to the Torah and mitzvot, and Jews who distanced themselves from their people, or who sought to assimilate themselves, none could escape the classification of belonging to that “one people.” Every single Jew was included in Haman's evil ...
Sometimes truth is actually stranger than fiction. During the summer of 2010, Camp Kanfei Nesharim, an orthodox teen ski and travel South Pacific adventure camp, passed through the small Australian ski town of Cooma, located in the Snowy Mountains section of New South Wales, six hours outside of ...
While many students travel or visit family for the winter break, some Yeshiva University students spend their time happily on the Wilf campus. The Glueck Beit Midrash teemed with activity January 8-21 as dozens of students elected to spend their free time learning Torah and attending various shiurim at the ...
Two sacred handwritten Torah scrolls were stolen from a Jewish synagogue over the weekend and a $5,000 reward is being offered for their safe return. The Torah scrolls -- which were housed at the sanctuary at Chabad of Hawaii at the Ala Moana Hotel.-- are valued at about $50,000 each. One of them ...
The birth of the Jewish Nation, which led to the Giving of the Torah by the Holy One to our ancestors some 3,300+ years ago in the Wilderness of Sinai. So what does 'Names' have to do with 'Exodus'? Our commentaries tell us that, in fact, there is a very strong connection. The Jewish people were under ...
This week's essay is my personal take on the legacy of Rabbi Scherman, a Torah giant, eloquent writer and interpreter of our faith and, most ...
When the world changes, the Torah tells us to set out as beginners. When we finish reading from the scroll, we wind it back and start from the ...
Rabbi Eli Gutnick, right, finishes the final letter of a new Torah in the Canberra Parliament House, witnessed by The Hon. Josh Frydenberg, MP ...
What is Torah on one foot? Torah is about prioritizing soul over body and learning how to see beyond the external trappings of the world. If you can absorb ...
Rabbi Dena Feingold looks over as Carley Steres reads the last verse of Deuteronomy on the last page of the Torah. During the celebration ...
For over 3,000 years, there was not a doubt that God dictated the Torah to Moses during the 40 years that the Jewish people were in the Sinai ...
To welcome new families to our religious school, we bring the Torah to their homes, parading through the rooms. A blessing of nourishment in ...
Simchat Torah simply translates as 'rejoicing with the Torah'. ... Jews believe that God dictated the Torah to Moses on Mount Sinai, 50 days ...


 

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