A brand new Torah Scroll recently completed in Beis Lubavitch of London will be used in a Chabad Center halfway around the world.
The Torah, written in Israel, was sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Mendy Levy of the London suburb of Hendon, in memory of their grandparents Reb Shaul Elisha and Mrs. Malka Baum obm.
At the suggestion of their son, Shaully Levy – the Baums’ great-grandson – the Sefer Torah will be used in the Chabad House of Mariupol, Ukraine, directed by the Shluchim Rabbi and Mrs. Mendy Cohen.
On Sunday, 11 Tammuz 5752, the last letters were completed at the home of Rabbi and Mrs. Moshe Levy, just a stone’s throw away from the famous Beis Lubavitch, one of the world’s oldest Chabad institutions.
The last letters were written by Rabbi Nachman Sudak, head Shliach of the UK and Rabbi Yitzchok Meir Hertz, Rov of Anash in NW London, amongst others.
After Hagba by Rabbi Mendy Cohen, the completed Torah was brought into the street by Rabbi Moshe Levy.
The streets outside Beis Lubavitch have not seen such happy scenes for a while. Joyous dancing, backed up by live music, took the Torah on its journey to Beis Lubavitch.
Efficiently directed by the gabbai, Reb Yerucham Raskin, the hundreds assembled received turns to hold the new Torah, as bochurim from the Yeshiva Gedola and Yeshiva Ketana danced and celebrated.
It was “Simchas Torah in Tammuz,” as the Main Shul in Beis Lubavitch greeted the new Torah with the traditional Hakofos. The building shook as the hundreds of men and boys danced to the Rebbe’s Hakofos Niggun. The chayus of the bochurim was incredible. one non-Lubavitcher who watched said in awe, “If I stay longer, this scene will turn me into a Lubavitcher.”
As the sun descended into the Chag Hageulah of Yud Beis Tammuz, hundreds of Anash, Tmimim and family members sat down to a festive meal and Farbrengen, honoring the new Torah and the special Chasidishe Yom Tov.
Rabbi Mendel Gordon, Mashpia at the Yeshiva Gedola, chaired the event and divrei brocho were heard from Rabbi Nachman Sudak and Rabbi Yitzchok Meir Hertz.
Rabbi Dovid Katz, Shliach in West Hampstead, explained the chiyuv of writing a personal sefer torah, with the Rebbe’s explanation, while Rabbi Chaim Rapaport explained the importance of a Mechitza according to the Rebbe’s opinion, stressing the use of one during any event.
Rabbi Shalom Osdoba pointed out how the Torah was completed in one Beis Chabad but will ultimately be used in another Beis Chabad, in a different country.
Rabbi Mordechai Nissim, who travelled with the Torah from Eretz Yisroel, told over the amazing journey they had when they had to make an emergency landing in Greece. When they stayed overnight, they they were told the uncompleted Torah could be used without a brocho, which they did and enjoyed a kosher breakfast delivered by Chabad of Athens.
Reb Sheale Baum recounted memories of his grandparents Reb Shaul Elisha and Mrs. Malka Baum A”H and of how their Torah will be going to a Chabad House so close to Kobilari, her birthplace. Rabbi Mendy Cohen of Mariupol, thanked the Levy family for this Torah, which came to him at a time he needed it most.