A Jewish center on Jacksonville’s Southside is getting a brand-new Torah this weekend.
The public is invited to the Chabad of Southside to help celebrate “one of the happiest occasions in Jewish life.”
That’s according to Rabbi Levi Vogel. He says the religious text is written by hand on a scroll, and it takes an expert scribe a year to complete.
Vogel will be helping community members write the final letters of the Torah on Sunday, “to make sure that they don’t mess it up and do it correctly.” If even one dot of ink is out of place, the entire Torah is considered invalid. Vogel says the scribe has made outlines for people to fill in to help avoid errors.
The Torah dedication is at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Chabad of Southside on Alumni Way. All are invited to attend. A reception and kids’ activities will follow.
Photo "Torah 6" by J. Nathan Matias used under Creative Commons license