The Torah is the most precious article of Jewish life. In times of great joy, we hold it high, a symbol of G‑d’s eternal commitment to us. In times of need, we pray in its presence, acknowledging our unbreakable connection to G‑d.

Given to Moses at Mount Sinai 3,329 years ago, the Torah is a marriage contract between G‑d and the Jewish people. Remarkably, despite years of upheaval and suffering, not one of its 304,805 letters has ever been changed. The words we read in synagogue today are exactly those dictated by G‑d, recorded by Moses and meticulously transcribed for generations.

Our sages have taught that each and every Jew has a letter in the Torah corresponding to his or her soul and spiritual identity. Just as each letter is an essential part of the Torah, so too each and every Jew is of utmost importance and constitutes an essential and integral part of the Jewish people.

The very last mitzvah in the Torah is to write a Torah Scroll.

It is an honor and great mitzvah to participate in the writing of a Sefer Torah. By endowing a letter, word, or sentence for yourself, your children, your family members, or friends, it is as if you have written your own Torah Scroll.

Invite your friends and family to join as well. Our goal is that every man, woman, and child in our community should have a part in Shternah's Torah to make it truly complete.

Imagine the pride you will feel when we open the Ark and celebrate festivals and milestones with a Torah that is the product of our entire community’s involvement. This beautiful scroll will be an eternal remembrance to my mothers legacy, and will signify our commitment to the unity and continuity of our people. By your participation in this project, without regard to affiliation or religious observance, you will send a powerful message to our community, to our children: That the legacy of the Jewish people is thriving in Mason, Ohio, as it has throughout our history.


Rabbi Yosef Kalmanson