Dozens gather for sacred celebration in Center City: 'It is a big deal'

"The acquisition of a new Torah for our community is a symbol of the growth of our community."

Antionette Lee
October 14, 2018 - 6:10 pm

Antionette Lee | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Acquiring a new Torah is a sacred and cherished day for a synagogue. A Jewish community in Center City got that privilege this weekend.

Dozens of families marched along Locust Street singing and clapping as they escorted the sacred scroll to the Mekor Habracha synagogue.

Susie Ratner explains why the day is so special for her.

"It's delightful and for our kids to get to see it," Ratner said. "My daughter loves Torahs and for her to see a real Torah and dedicating it is a big deal, she two."

Ratner's daughter was also "too" shy to speak to me, but Rabbi Eliezer Hirsch wasn't. 

"The acquisition of a new Torah for our community is a symbol of the growth of our community and it's a symbol of our connection to the newest link of Jewish history," he said.

Hirsch says it took the scribe a whole year to hand-write the 64 pages and 600,000 letters of Hebrew.

"The scribe must be trained to write the letters properly," he explains. "If one letter is incorrect then the whole Torah is considered to be invalid."

After all that, Hirsch signed the last letter on the scroll with quill and ink to mark its completion.

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