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Owning a letter in a Torah Scroll

by Rabbi Shlomo Chein

  

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Question:

Why do people "buy" letters in a Torah Scroll? 

Answer:

1. The very last of the 613 Mitzvot commanded in the Torah is that each individual write his own complete Sefer Torah.1 Our Sages teach that fulfillment of this Mitzvah is tantamount to receiving the Torah on Mount Sinai.

In the event that one is not able to write a Sefer Torah himself (lacking the necessary knowledge, time, means, etc.), one may hire a scribe to write it for him, or join a group that is commissioning a scribe to write a Torah for the entire group as a community. If even one letter is written in the name of each individual, they have all fulfilled the Mitzvah of writing a Sefer Torah. Since each letter is essential to make the Torah Kosher, any given letter can be considered the one that completes the Torah-and completing it is regarded as writing it in its entirety.

2. Every Jew has a letter in the Torah that corresponds to his or her soul, which is the source of that soul's sustenance. Through acquiring a letter in a Sefer Torah, we strengthen that connection.

3. But there's more. By participating in the writing of a communal Sefer Torah, we unite with hundreds of thousands of Jews and fortify Jewish unity through Torah, bringing upon us peace and blessing. See message from the Rebbe.

And the Torah's final Mitzvah is especially auspicious during the final moments of our Exile, these darkest and most chaotic times. (See Final Word). Surely, this Mitzvah will serve as the grand finale and complete our spiritual accomplishments, ending all darkness, strife, and suffering forever, with the arrival of Moshiach, NOW!

Click here to purchase a letter in the first ever Torah Scroll being written for the online Jewish community.

Footnotes

  • 1. Deuteronomy 31:19

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Mitzvah
(pl. Mitzvot). A commandment from G-d. Mitzvah also means a connection, for a Jew connects with G–d through fulfilling His commandments.
Torah
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.
Moshiach
The Messiah. Moshiach is the person who will usher in an era of peace and tranquility for all of humanity when there will be no jealousy or hate, wars or famine. This is a fundamental Jewish belief.
Mitzvot
Plural form of Mitzvah. Commandments of G-d. Mitzvah also means a connection, for a Jew connects with G–d through fulfilling His commandments.
Kosher
Literally means "fit." Commonly used to describe foods which are permitted by Jewish dietary laws, but is also used to describe religious articles (such as a Torah scroll or Sukkah) which meet the requirements of Jewish law.