The Jewish community of Irvine will be completing and welcoming a brand new Torah scroll — Judaism’s most sacred object — with a unique and celebratory ceremony on Sunday, August 28, 2016 at Chabad of North Irvine, 5410 Trabuco Rd, Irvine CA 92620.
An expert ritual scribe will ink the final letters of the magnificent scroll, as done 3,300 years ago for the very first time by Moses. Following the completion of the Torah, the sacred scroll will be taken to the streets under a traditional canopy in a joyous procession that will include music, flags and dancing.
An authentic Torah scroll is a mind-boggling masterpiece of labor and skill. Comprising between 62 and 84 sheets of parchment-cured, tanned, scraped and prepared according to exact Torah law specifications, and containing exactly 304,805 letters, the resulting handwritten scroll takes months to complete. Timeless dictums hold for a certified Torah scribe and everything from the character of the scribe to the quality of the parchment and type of ink are taken into account. The slightest error voids the entire 54-portion parchment.
“This new Torah helps solidify our Synagogue as we will now have 2 of our very own Torah scrolls. This is an exciting time for our community,” said Rabbi Elly Andrusier, director of Chabad of North Irvine, the organization hosting the event. “The ancient wisdom contained in this scroll is the essence of our identity as Jews, and possessing our own Torah scrolls is yet another reflection of growth and cause for great celebration.”
The ‘Friendship Torah’ scroll is being sponsored by the Lerner Family in memory of Frank Lerner. In a tremendous show of friendship the Torah is additionally dedicated to a speedy recovery to the Rabbi’s five year old daughter Rochel, who was undergoing treatment while the Torah was being written.
What: Torah Completion & Welcome Ceremony
Where: Chabad of North Irvine, 5410 Trabuco Rd, Irvine CA 92620
When: Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 2:00pm