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  1. Torah-scrolls must be written by a specially trained pious and

    knowledgeable scribe called a sofer.

  2. The scroll is written on parchment by hand, in Hebrew

    calligraphy with precise shapes for the letters. This takes about

    six months to a year.

  3. The ink is prepared in a traditional manner; and

    inexactly-written letters must be rewritten before the scroll may

    be read from.

  4. The scroll is kept wrapped in an embroidered cloth cover in a

    special ark in the synagogue.

  5. The Torah is read from as part of the public prayers several

    times a week, in a cycle over the course of each year.

  6. During the Torah-reading, a traditional chant (cantillation) is

    used to sing the words, and the place in the text is pointed to

    with a yad (a silver pointer).

Tradition states that God taught the early portions of the Torah to

Moses orally, on Mount Sinai (Exodus 24:12), without writing it.

Later, at God's command and precise dictation (Deuteronomy 1:3),

Moses penned the entire Torah (Deuteronomy 31:24) immediately

before his death, so that it included events that had happened in

the preceding months (such as Numbers ch.20).

That is how our Torah came to be.

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Torah-scrolls must be written by a specially trained pious andknowledgeable scribe called a sofer.The scroll is written on parchment by hand, in Hebrewcalligraphy with precise shapes for the letters. This takes aboutsix months to a year.The ink is prepared in a traditional manner; andinexactly-written letters must be rewritten before the scroll maybe read from.The scroll is kept wrapped in an embroidered cloth cover in aspecial ark in the synagogue.The Torah is read from as part of the public prayers severaltimes a week, in a cycle over the course of each year.During the Torah-reading, a traditional chant (cantillation) isused to sing the words, and the place in the text is pointed towith a yad (a silver pointer).Tradition states that God taught the early portions of the Torah toMoses orally, on Mount Sinai (Exodus 24:12), without writing it.Later, at God's command and precise dictation (Deuteronomy 1:3),Moses penned the entire Torah (Deuteronomy 31:24) immediatelybefore his death, so that it included events that had happened inthe preceding months (such as Numbers ch.20).That is how our Torah came to be.

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  1. The Torah-scroll is the holiest book in Judaism. It contains the five books of Moses.
  2. According to our tradition, the first Torah-scroll was written by Moses (Deuteronomy 31:24) at the dictation of God (Exodus 24:12), in 1272 BCE.
  3. There are 304,805 Hebrew letters in a Torah-scroll, contained in 5,845 verses.
  4. The Torah-scroll must be written by a specially trained pious and knowledgeable scribe called a sofer.
  5. The scroll is written on parchment by hand, in Hebrew calligraphy with precise shapes for the letters. This takes about six months to a year.
  6. The ink is prepared in a traditional manner; and inexactly-written letters must be rewritten before the scroll may be read from.
  7. The scroll is kept wrapped in an embroidered cloth cover in a special ark in the synagogue.
  8. When the scroll is carried in the synagogue, many of the congregants accompany the person carrying it, as a sign of respect, and kiss the covered scroll.
  9. Because of the holiness of the scroll, we don't touch the parchment itself (Talmud, Megillah 32a).
  10. The Torah is read from as part of the public prayers several times a week, in a cycle over the course of each year.
  11. During the Torah-reading, a traditional chant (cantillation) is used to sing the words, and the place in the text is pointed to with a yad (a silver pointer).
  12. When the cycle of reading the Torah ends and starts anew on the festival of Simchat Torah, it is taken out of the ark and the congregants dance with it.
  13. The earliest complete Torah scroll in existence today is close to nine centuries old.
  14. No Hebrew copy of the Torah has ever been found to be different than the text we possess today, called the Masoretic (traditional) text.
  15. The Torah increases our reverence towards God; crystallizes, strengthens and codifies our beliefs; insures our awareness and knowledge of our history; and provides powerful impetus to be ethical. It makes us stand in awe of God, while also providing optimism and comfort through the prophecies of redemption. It inspires us to strive for holiness and informs us how to pray and to approach God's presence. It gives us a great deal of general information, guidance and advice; and it sets detailed laws, practices and traditions for us.
  16. The Torah-scroll serves as a testimony to the Israelite covenant with God.
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