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A Letter in a Torah Scroll

A Letter in a Torah Scroll

The Indispensable Letter

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The Torah scroll is a tangible embodiment of our connection to G‑d, our most precious treasure and our guide to life. “And now,” Moses says, “write for yourselves this song” (Deuteronomy 31:19). Meaning that every Jew should write a Torah scroll.

But writing a Torah is a laborious process. Each one of its 304,805 letters must be written by hand, with ink and quill on parchment, in special calligraphy, by a trained scribe.

If you’re not a trained scribe, you could always commission one to write a Torah for you. But if you can’t afford that, there is another way to fulfill the mitzvah: Purchase just one letter in a Torah—meaning, have just one letter written specifically for you.

Jewish Unity

Every individual—big or small, scholar or unlearned—is one letter

Which is the most important letter in the Torah? The first? The last? The letters in the Ten Commandments? Actually, if any letter is missing or incomplete, the whole scroll is invalid for use.

The Jewish nation is one Torah scroll. Every individual—big or small, scholar or unlearned—is one letter. We are all one, interdependent and equally important.

The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of righteous memory proposed that all Jews join together by purchasing a letter in a “collective” Torah scroll, expressing our inherent unity. One nation, one Torah, one G‑d.

Moreover, a letter in the Torah places its owner in “G‑d’s book.” “At that time,” the prophet Daniel says, “your people will be delivered, everyone who is found inscribed in the book . . .”

Click here to purchase a letter in the Jewish Unity Torah.

Children’s Torah

The Rebbe also encouraged the writing of special Torahs to unite children. Pure, unblemished by sin, theirs is a perfect unity. Every Jewish boy or girl under the age of bar or bat mitzvah can acquire a letter in the Children’s Torah Scroll. Five Children’s Torahs have been completed. The sixth one is currently being written in the Old City of Jerusalem—where all these Torahs are housed.

The cost of a letter in this special Torah is $1. The child also receives a personalized ornate certificate.

Click here for a letter in the Children’s Torah.

Illustrations by Yehuda Lang. To view more artwork by this artist, click here.
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Discussion (4)
June 25, 2012
Gift
One may purchase a letter for a friend or relative, as one can "do a positive action for another without his knowledge."
Rochel Chein for chabad.org
June 22, 2012
Question
Would the mitzvah be completed if it were given as a gift?
Anonymous
Racine
April 22, 2012
Adult Sefer Torah
Sure! You can purchase a letter in the Adult Torah Scroll at this link
Chabad.org Staff
mychabad.org
April 22, 2012
letter in the torah
if someone over the age of bas/bar mitzvoh wants to get a letter in the torah, do you know sefor who is writing a Sefer Torah at this time?
shmuel balisok
new haven, CT
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