The Sefer Torah is
the most precious article in Jewish life. It is what conect
us with G-d and it is the source from which we derive Divine
instruction for our daily life. It is prefectly intact just
as we received it some 3,500 years ago.
In accordance with tradition
the first presentation was shown to Moshe by G-d "Written
in black fire over white fire". Moshe transcribed from
that Torah of fire while G-d dictated the words.
This very Torah was placed in the Holy Ark and twelve
additional Torah Scrolls were gifted to each of the
From these original scrolls,
additional Torahs were transcribed in precise detail.
Even the letters were identical in appearance. Indeed each
and every feature was prescribed by G-d. Thus the chain
of Torah remained unbroken from the time it was given
to us at Sinai.
Along the 3,516 years of
Jewish history, no one of the Torah's 304,805 lleters
has ever been changed and a Sefer Torah that exist
in New York is exactly the same that exist in Japan. The
words we read in synagogue today are exactly those recorded
by Moses. Our Sages have thaught that every Jew has a letter
in the Torah which corresponds to his or her soul
and spiritual identity. Just as each letter is an essential
part of the Torah, so too each and every Jew is of
utmost importance and constitutes an essential and integral
part of K'lal Israel ( Jewish People ).
The very last mitzvah in
the Torah is to write a Torah Scroll.
By endowing a letter, word, sentence for yourself, your
children, family members or friends, it is as if you have
written your own Torah Scroll.
Mitzvah On Every Jew
It is a mitzvah(positive
commandment) for every Jew to write for himself a Sefer
Torah as it is said: "And now write for you this
song and from tradition our Sages received the explanation
of this verse: to write the whole Torah were the
song is written. Even if one inherited a Sefer Torah
from his father, still he is commanded to write one for
himself. If he hired a Sofer(Certified Scribe) to write
a Sefer Torah for him or if he fixed the Sefer
Torah considered as if he wrote it by himself.
We are intructed to render
great honor to the Sefer Torah. And it is a Mitzvah
to designate for the Sefer Torah an specific place,
to clean this place a beautify it as posible. One who sees
a person carring a Sefer Torah needs to stand up
before it until the Sefer Torah is put back in it
place or until he doesn't see it anymore. And by the Beit
Hakneset (Synagogue) when the Sefer Torah is taken
out and returned, it is a Mitzvah for all those who the
Sefer Torah pass by to go along with it until its
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