Jews Celebrate Canadian Town’s First Torah

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img_0111_p2139115The Jewish community of the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Canada, and specifically the members of Chabad of Okanagan, got to take part in a once in a lifetime experience to help complete a Torah, something all members of the Jewish faith hope to do at some point during their life.

“The Torah is the heart of Judaism, it is our backbone, our whole life revolves around it… it is a user manual for a Jew, how a Jew should live life according to God,” explains Chabad of Okanagan’s Rabbi Shmuly Hecht. “Most of the people here are in their 60’s and 70’s and have never done it before in their lives.”

Rabbi Hecht says the Torah is very expensive and labor intensive.

“The scroll takes about a year to write and is written by a scribe who is trained and ordained to be able to write the special Torah calligraphy art. It is written on parchment made from the skin of a kosher animal with special ink and a quill; meant to be traditionally, exactly the same way it has been written for the last 3,500 years.”


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