Local Chabad to debut new Torah scroll

September 8, 2009

By Staff

Just in time for the Jewish High Holidays of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, a new Torah scroll will be completed at the Chabad of the Central Cascades, a Jewish outreach, educational and social service organization in Issaquah.At 3:30 p.m. Sept. 13, community leaders and rabbis will join the event, starting at the Lakeside Montessori parking lot at 2001 15th Ave N.E., followed by a parade down Black Nugget Road, taking the Torah to it’s new home, Chabad of the Central Cascades Center, 24121 S.E. Black Nugget Road.

Participants of the celebration will help an expert scribe complete the final letters of the scroll.

The Torah scroll, one of the Jewish people’s most sacred objects, has roughly 600,000 handwritten letters. With a feather and special mix for ink, the scribe writes the five books of Moses on roughly 54 pieces of parchment. The average process takes more than a year to produce the beautiful workmanship of a Torah scroll.

When a scroll is completed, it calls for a great celebration by the city greeting it to its new home — the Holy Ark in the Synagogue. All the Torah scrolls join the greeting procession as they accompany the dancing, which begins from the street.

The Chabad of the Central Cascades’ Torah was donated by Mendy and Chanie Fischer, of Brooklyn, N.Y. They will join the celebration.

All are welcome to attend the celebration.

Go to www.ChabadIssaquah.com or call 985-7639.

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