Hachanasas Sefer Torah — is like Bringing a Bride to the ChuppahIn order to make a Torah scroll worthy of gladdening the hearts,
so that one may recite the requisite blessing over it, and be blessed by it,
and bring merit to the Torah scroll’s donors,
the scroll must be written according to the highest standards of Jewish law.
A Torah scroll that is only 99% kosher is 100% invalid.
Anyone who has experienced and participated in the inauguration of a Torah scroll for the elevation of a departed soul, or as a mark of gratitude for surviving a life-threatening disease or a near tragedy, knows how it can feel like the joy of a bride and groom on their wedding day.
It is a celebration that connects orthodox Jews with their traditional and secular counterparts, Sephardic Jews, Ashkenazic Jews, men, women and Jews of every origin. It is a celebration that softens the hearts and brings Jews in concentrically dancing circles face to face with each other, united in their celebration of the Torah.
Writing Torah Scrolls According to Halacha (Jewish law)Torah scrolls that are produced by Beis Meleches HaKodesh are, first and foremost, scrolls that have been written and manufactured according to the most exacting requirements of Jewish law down to its finest details.
Torah Scrolls Approved by Gedolei YisroelBoth the Torah scrolls and the Torah scroll casings of Beis Meleches Hakodesh have become a recognized brand both for their professional finish, halachic standards and the way they enhance the mitzvah. Gedolei Yisroel from across the Jewish spectrum recognize and acknowledge the special institution that has been established.
Torah scrolls are written in our Beis MidrashThe Torah scrolls are written in our self-established Beis Midrash for Sofrei Stam, a place where the laws of writing Stam — Torah scrolls, Tefillin (Phylacteries) and Mezuzahs — are taught and studied.
Uniformity of writing styleEach Torah scroll produced by Beis Meleches HaKodesh is written by one scribe from beginning to end, in order to ensure a uniformity of style and form of each and every letter.
Five separate proofreadsFollowing writing, it goes through five separate proofreads:
- A manual proofread by two certified, G-d fearing proofreaders.
- A computerized proofread on two computers.
- A proofread of the letter formations by a knowledgeable Torah scholar.
The Beis Midrash for StamThe Beis Midrash for Stam
that co-exists with Beis Meleches HaKodesh trains the next generation of Sofrei stam in the art of Kesiva Tama as well as accurate and meticulous calligraphy, while rigorously adhering to the requirements of Jewish law.
The last mitzvah in the Torah
The last, but not least, revered commandment of the 613 mitzvos, is that each Jew should write himself a Torah scroll. We learn this mitzvah from the verse: “And now write this song for you..” (Deut. 31:19). And we find in tractate Sanhedrin: “Even a man who has inherited a kosher Torah scroll from his father, is not relieved of his obligation, but is required to write one himself.” (Sanhedrin 21B).
Buying a Torah scroll - A Jewish match point between life and death
The purchase of a Torah scroll symbolizes the way joy and sadness, life and death meet naturally in Jewish tradition.
The purchase of a Torah scroll will often take place as an act of gratitude following a medical miracle,
or survival from a near tragedy, while at the same time the purchase of a Torah scroll is an accepted
Jewish way of commemorating a deceased person (Azkarat neshama), and of granting spiritual elevation to departed souls (Iluy neshama).
Historically, countless Jews have sacrificed their lives in order to save Torah scrolls, often castingthemselves into burning fires, dying Al Kiddush Hashem in an eternal embrace with the Torah scroll.The holiness of our Torah scrolls and their centrality to the Jewish experience has followed us fromthe giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai to this very day.
We take responsibility for the production of our Torah scrolls from inception to completion — from the selection of the hides through to processing them, and down to the writing of the very last letter in the scroll.