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Why do people “purchase” a letter in a Torah scroll?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

  

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There is a Torah obligation for every Jew to write a Torah scroll.1 A person who lacks scribal experience can commission an expert scribe to write on his behalf. Most cannot afford such a luxury, and the communal Torah scrolls in the synagogue cover the entire congregation. Preferably, however, one should “purchase a letter” in a Torah Scroll which is being written. The cost is very reasonable and can be done online. Be sure to buy one for every member of your family.

Footnotes

  • 1. Deuteronomy 31:19.

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Torah is G–d’s teaching to man. In general terms, we refer to the Five Books of Moses as “The Torah.” But in truth, all Jewish beliefs and laws are part of the Torah.