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Thursday, May 19, 2016

an honor

So this morning at services, the Rabbi looked at me and said "[songbird] will carry the Torah." And then, as an aside, he said "Don't worry, it's the small one."

The Torah, the Five Books of Moses, the holiest writings in Judaism. 

Physically, the Torah is a scroll, a series of parchments sewn together, with a wooden shaft at either end of the scroll.  When not in use, the scroll is covered with a mantle and adorned with a silver crown.  Most Torah scrolls weigh about 20-25 pounds.  (You can find a full description of the Torah and its accessories on the Chabad website).

The Torah is read on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.  There is an elaborate ritual for reading the Torah, which includes parading the scroll through the sanctuary.    Members of the congregation show reverence for the Torah by touching it with their prayer shawls or prayer books, then kissing the shawl or book.

It is an honor to be asked to carry the Torah. 

But the Torah is heavy!

Good thing I've been working out at Planet Fitness.  No worries that I might accidentally drop th Torah -- that would be unbelievably horrible. 

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