About the writing of a Torah
The Torah is the most sacred religious article in Jewish life. In times of need, prayers are offered in its presence. It is perfectly intact just as we received it some 3,300 years ago.
From the original scroll transcribed by Moses, additional Torah scrolls were transcribed in precise detail.
Even the letters were identical in appearance. Indeed, each and every feature was prescribed by G‑d Himself. Thus, the chain of Torah remains unbroken from the time it was given to us at Sinai.
Despite the Jewish people enduring centuries of upheaval and suffering, not one of the Torah's 304,805 letters has ever been lost or changed. The words we read in synagogue today are exactly those recorded by Moses.
The Sages taught that each and every Jew has a letter in the Torah which corresponds to his or her soul's spiritual configuration. Just as each letter is an essential part of the Torah, so too each and every Jew is of utmost importance, constituting an essential and integral part of ‘Klal Israel’, the Jewish collective.
The very last mitzvah in the Torah is to write a Torah scroll. By endowing a letter, word, or portion for yourself, your children, family members or friends, you are considered by Jewish law to have written a Torah scroll yourself.
A new Torah scroll is a sign of a vibrant community—a healthy community, a robust community, a flourishing community that is brimming with a vigorous Jewish pride. Here at the Chabad Center, we are writing a new chapter of Jewish history: We are in the process of writing our community’s third Torah scroll.
Please join us as we unite to forge a connection to our glorious past and blaze a fearless trail to our bright future.
As the scribe, sincere and skilled in his specialty, pens the letters of our new Torah's final verse, we will realize how fortunate we are: Our new scroll will be the latest link in a holy and eternal chain.