History will be made on March 3, 2019 with the commencement of a writing of a new Torah Scroll in Long Beach, New York, by Chabad of Long Beach, directed by Shluchim Rabbi Eli and Beila Goodman.
This will be the 1st Torah ever that has its commencement of writing taking place in Long Beach. The Torah is being written for Chabad of the Beaches by Rabbi Chaim Gourarie and will take approximately 1 year of full time work to complete.
The event will take place at the Rabbi’s Lounge at Bridgeworks, 780 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach, NY.
The scroll, containing the Five Books of Moses handwritten on parchment, is one of the most sacred objects in Judaism. G-d spoke to the Jews on Mt. Sinai in the year 1313 BCE, and gave them the commandments of the Torah. The Torah has been written and produced in the same manner ever since.
While publishers can knock out millions of copies with dozens of new titles a week, crafting a single Torah Scroll takes over a year to complete. What’s the holdup? Computerized printing presses make printing a cinch, although the results often have many errors. However, 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. Furthermore, each of the 304,808 letters and notation must be scripted to perfection. The slightest error voids the entire 54-portion parchment.
Chabad of the Beaches is affiliated with Chabad-Lubavitch, the world’s largest Jewish movement offering social and educational outreach, and proactive community involvement considered to be one of the most dynamic forces in Jewish life today. It has institutions in 100 countries and all 50 US States, and locally, Chabad of the Beaches serves throughout the communities of Long Beach, Lido Beach and Atlantic Beach with a personalized Jewish experience, regardless of background, belief, or level of commitment.
This will be a Community-wide Torah and all men, women and children present will have the opportunity to watch and assist the scribe as he writes the first few lines of the Torah with a feather and ink. Many local leaders and elected officials will be present and the entire community is invited to participate and contribute by purchasing a letter or verse in the Torah. More information is at www.chabadofthebeaches.com