Books are a familiar item to Rabbi Avraham Holtzberg. As the manager of the Kehot book store in Crown Heights, he constantly skims through them on their way to the shipping and packaging departments.
But that does not explain how he managed to fill the ark in his Chabad House synagogue in Georgetown with Torah scrolls.
He and his wife Shulamis came to the Brooklyn neighborhood four years ago and on Sunday this week he welcomed the fourth Torah scroll.
Some 300 people attended the joyous event. Many of them believing it is a mascot for health and long life.
“The people are are in love with our shul,” Rabbi Holtzberg told COL.
“Close to 150 People come here every Shabbos for prayers. It’s enough to come here once to feel the warmth and special atmosphere.”
Once, an elderly person came for his very first time. “I heard about you,” the man says. “When my wife died, I said that if I do go to a synagogue it will be yours.”
The Torah was donated by Mrs. Rita Iron.
Rabbi Yossi Friedman of Kehos and a group of bachurim from the 770 Yeshiva joined the writing of the last letters and the dancing on the local road.