Writing a Torah, in general, energizes a community. It unifies people. It is not based on who you are. Everyone is equal.
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Rabbi Moshe Druin, a sofer stam on the restoration of a 17th-century Torah scroll with an incredible history.

The Los Angeles Times has this hopeful story about Temple Ahavat Shalom’s restoration of a 300-year-old manuscript. The sacred scroll was first created for a small Jewish community in what was then Czechoslovakia, then survived the Holocaust while warehoused in Prague, then moved to London by way of a wealthy benefactor, and finally found a permanent home again at the congregation in Northridge, California. Each member of the synagogue will be able to write a letter into the Torah during the process.

by Trent Gilliss, senior editor

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