Jerusalem Torah Scroll at Western Wall

Jerusalem Torah Scroll at Western Wall
The Torah scroll, known in Hebrew as ‘Sefer Torah’ (Torah Book) is a hand written scroll made of parchment, bound as one long sheet of paper and rolled around two rods from each end. The Torah includes the five Old Testament books: Bereshit (Genesis), Shemot (Exodus), Vayikra (Leviticus) Bamidbar (Numbers) and Devarim (Deuteronomy).  

There are very strict rules for writing a Kosher ‘Sefer Torah’ and it often takes the fine craftsman, known as the ‘Sofer Stam’, years to complete one scroll.

The Torah scroll is kept in the Holy Ark, ‘Aron Kodesh’ in Hebrew, and is taken out and read from on the Sabbath, Monday & Thursday services and holidays. Literally translating as the ‘Instruction’, the Torah is the holiest and most quintessential scripture in Judaism. 

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