The Children's Torah Scroll was born at a farbrengen, a chassidic gathering, held on the Hebrew date of the 11th of Nissan, 5741 (April 15, 1981)--the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson's, of righteous memory, 79th birthday.

Several months previously, the Rebbe had launched the "Tzivos Hashem" children's organization. At the farbrengen that day, the Rebbe spoke about Tzivos Hashem and the ways that children bring their parents closer to Judaism, a task which unites all Jewish children. Furthermore, the Rebbe stated, in our physical world a visible gesture of oneness was vital, and that the ultimate expression of unity was through Torah. For this purpose, the Rebbe called for the writing of a special Torah scroll for all Jewish boys and girls.

The new campaign was received with such enthusiasm that even before anyone knew exactly where to send their applications, many parents and children around the world were signing up to buy letters at their local Chabad-Lubavitch centers.