עֵץ- חַיִּים הִיא, לַמַּחֲזִיקִים בָּהּ; וְתֹמְכֶיהָ מְאֻשָּׁר
Etz chayim hi lamachazikim ba, v’tom’checha m’usha
She is a tree of life to those who hold fast to her, and those who support are praiseworthy Mishlei/Proverbs 3:18
Today is a monumental day for Temple Beth El as we announce the blessing that is almost beyond words and has brought us all to a state of awe. The writing of our own, brand new Sefer Torah is underway. What a miracle to befall our small but wonderful congregation here on the North Coast.
Our beloved member and Torah scribe Benjamin Martin has begun the mitzvah of writing a new Torah Scroll that he has lovingly offered to Temple Beth El. It is with much gratitude and humility that we accept this incredible gift. The time that Ben will be putting in to this project is substantial, over a years worth of work, and the quality of craftsmanship and artistry is exquisite.
As we join to take part in this incredible process, we as a congregation will be contributing the materials that are needed to create this most beautiful ritual object. Harvey Raider has volunteered to make new eitzim, the wooden handles, and we hope to have a new Torah mantle or two made locally as well. The Board of Directors is developing a plan to raise funds to cover the costs of the other materials, such as, parchment, ink, quills, etc. The cost of materials is expected to run about $6,000.00. Any funds received in excess of this amount will be given to Ben as a stipend for the year’s worth of work he will have done.
In beginning a Torah Campaign it is customary to offer the opportunity to sponsor the writing of specific portions. The Board has agreed on this breakdown.
$1,800 a Book $360 a Parshah $180 an Aliyah $36 a Verse
$18 a Word $1 a Letter
It is also customary to offer the opportunity to sponsor the Kavanah, or intentions for which a sefer Torah is written. For example, for the aliyat nishmah (the ascent of the soul) of a departed member of the family, or for the refuah shlemah of one who is ill. These intentions are then read by the sofer each time he sits down to write a portion.
Kavanah Donation $540
Temple Beth El Board of Directors
Temple Beth El Ritual Committee