A new Torah, a new year | Opinion
Our Sages tell us: “According to the effort is the reward. (Fathers Ethics 5:26). This is also expressed in another popular quote, “The greater the effort, the sweeter the reward.”
This sentiment may explain why Pesach (remember that feast last spring ?!) As anyone living on Passover can tell you, the preparations go beyond what we do before any other feast. , making a huge impression on the whole family.
There are so many mitzvot in the Torah. One of the more complex, time-consuming, and expensive mitzvot is to write an entire Sefer Torah by hand, or, as in most cases, to commission a skilled scribe, a sofer, to do so in our name.
Thus, when a new Sefer Torah is written and consecrated, it is the cause of a great celebration in the community. Flagstaff’s Jewish community was thrilled to celebrate this milestone last month when Bruce Goldberg’s family dedicated Torah writing to celebrate Bruce’s 70th birthday.
The Torah Completion Ceremony took place on Sunday, August 8, in Rosh Hodesh Elul, amid a joyous celebration and a marching band. Writing a Sefer Torah was the most fitting gift Bruce Goldberg’s family could have given him, honoring Bruce’s dedication and commitment to Torah values and Jewish continuity. Rightly so, on this historic occasion, Bruce and his wife Barbara were surrounded by the love of their children and grandchildren.
It was incredibly moving to see family and friends honored to write the last letters of the Torah with special ink on parchment, under the guidance of a trained scribe. When Bruce and Barbara completed the last word of Torah, “Yisroel,” it signified our community’s endless commitment to Gd and appreciation for the gift of Torah. Amid song and dance, we then escorted the Torah, who is compared to a bride of Gd, under a chuppah to her new home in the ark of the Jewish Community Center in Molly Blank.
The whole ceremony will remain etched in our hearts and memories forever. From the raising of the brand new Torah after completion, dressing in its beautiful new velvet mantle blanket, the parade, the music, the dancing, the food, the haims, the immense joy – all has made for a truly memorable occasion.
We wish abundant blessings of health, happiness, prosperity and nachas to Bruce and Barbara and the entire Goldberg family.
The Lubavitcher Rebbe, who inspired the founding of the Flagstaff Chabad, sent this message to another community after the completion of a Sefer Torah: Sefer Torah in every Jewish household in the community, and strengthening membership in the Torah and mitzvot in daily life, not only on special occasions or special days, but in accordance with the well-known Shema commandment, “And you shall diligently teach them to your children and speak them while you are sitting in your home or when you walk the path, when you lie down and when you stand up.
On these special days of awe, when we collectively and individually pray for a blessed New Year, the tremendous celebration of the completion of the Sefer Torah reminds us that the more we put in to live a Jewish life illuminated by Torah values. , the more our efforts will be rewarded and have a lasting impact on ourselves, our families and generations to come. Jn
Rabbi Dovie Shapiro is the spiritual leader of the Flagstaff Chabad.