Maintaining Your Torah The   life   of   a   Sefer   Torah   can   be   greatly   increased   with   proper   care and   maintenance.   A   properly   cared   for   Torah   should   function   for generations. Sofer   On   Site    offers   to   come   in   annually   to   maintain   your   Torah scrolls   after   they   have   been   restored.   By   popular   demand,   we   have created   a   Torah   Maintenance   Plan   which   at   a   fraction   of   what   it would   costs   allows   you   to   both   reduce   dramatically   the   expenses   of restoring   and   maintain   your   scrolls,   while   ensuring   this   is   being done on a regular bases. Please   see   our   Torah Maintenance Plan . There    are    however    several   ways   that   members   can   be   proactive   in looking   after   their   Torahs.   Being   aware   of   the   problems   that   play   a part   in   the   deterioration   of   a   scroll   and   catering   for   these   issues   can prolong   the    well    being    of    a    Sefer    Torah    by    several    years.    See    our   Holy Rollers   program   for   more   details. Here   are   some   proactive   guiding   points to consider: The   number   one   cause   of   deterioration   in   Torahs   is   moisture. One   must   ensure   that   the   Aron   Kodesh   (Ark)   that   houses   the Sefer   Torah   is   completely   free   of   any   moisture.   Often   an Aron Kodesh   is   built   into   an   exterior   wall   and   unknowingly,   this   can cause    all    the    scrolls    to    be    exposed    to    moisture    from    the outside.   Sometimes,   a   coat   of   sealant   or   waterproof   paint   will help   rectify   this   problem.   It   is   necessary   for   the   Aron   Kodesh to   have   adequate   ventilation   to   prevent   mold   from   growing   on parchment.   In   addition,   very   dry   climates   can   also   have   a negative   effect   on   Torahs   and   a   humidifier   should   be   installed to   increase   the   level   of   moisture   in   the   ark.   Obviously,   if   a Torah   is   being   carried   outside,   great   caution   should   be   taken that scrolls not come into contact with rain in the slightest bit. The   Ba’al   Koreh   or   any   others   who   are   reading   from   the Torah must    be    made    aware    that    saliva    can    cause    tremendous problems   to   a   Torah.   Hence,   unless   one   is   reading   from   the Torah, one should not speak above an open scroll. The   Yad   is   meant   to   point   above   the   Torah,   not   to   actually touch   it   or   roll   across.   This   can   scrape   the   parchment   and even cause letters to be damaged. When   rolling   and   tying   a   Sefer   Torah,   one   should   be   aware that   the   edges   are   not   protruding   so   as   not   to   inadvertently become   torn.   One   should   not   roll   the   scroll   too   tightly,   as   this will   make   letters   rub   against   one   another   causing   them   to crack and break.
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Torah         is         the         prized         inheritance        of         the         Jewish         people.         It         moves,        motivates,         and         unites         us         as         a        nation.         For      3,000         years         we         have        learned      to      live      our      lives      through     the          teachings,          guidance          and       message      of      Torah.      We   search      for     new        ways        to        bring        ourselves      closer      to      it.      At      Sofer      On      Site,      we     are      honored      to      provide      beautiful STa’M        of        the        highest        Halachic      standards,      while      bringing      Torah’s     timeless        messages        to        you,        and      inspire generations to come.
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A   Sefer   Torah   must   have   the   correct   size   of   Atzei   Chaim   with wooden   plates   affixed   at   the   top   and   bottom   to   prevent   such tears.    The    proper    way    to    roll    a    Sefer    Torah    is    that    the parchment   should   be   as   close   to   the   top   of   the Atzei   Chaim   on the   right   side   and   as   close   to   the   bottom   on   the   left   side.   This assists   in   leaving   enough   room   for   the   plates   of   the   opposite side when closed. The    Chagora     (belt)     should     preferably     not     have     any     sharp   points;    such   as   on   a   hook   or   buckle,   that   could   catch   on   the parchment and damage it. The   best   maintenance   one   can   provide   a   Sefer   Torah   with   is to   allow   it   to   breathe.   It   is   a   healthy   practice   to   completely   roll a   Sefer   Torah   from   one   end   to   the   other,   once   a   month.   This allows    the    parchment    exposure    to    air    and    helps    prevent letters    from    cracking    and    fading.    This    practice    alone    can prolong the life of a Sefer Torah by many years. A    special    program    has     been     initialized     called     Holy    Rollers™   whereas    community    members   gather   once   a   month   to   take   care   of their   Sefrei   Torah.   If   a   questionable   section,   word   or   letter   presents itself,   it   must   be   marked   so   it   can   be   located   and   repaired.   If   it   is found   on   a   weekday,   one   must   mark   it   in   pencil   on   the   top   of   the column   and   again   on   the   beginning   of   the   line.   If   it   is   located   on Shabbat,    one    can    use    a    paperclip    to    mark    the    section.    After Shabbat a pencil mark can be made. A   Sefer   Torah   should   not   be   left   un-repaired   indefinitely.   It   should be   repaired   as   soon   as   possible   or   if   there   are   too   many   problems, and   no   other   options   remain,   it   should   be   buried.   A   Sefer   Torah   is holy   and   like   a   human   body   should   be   treated   as   you   would   treat yourself.   Take   care   of   the   Sefer   Torah,   guard   and   protect   it,   cherish and   respect   it.   When   not   sure   what   to   do,   ask   someone   that   knows. Above all, use the Torah and read it with   love. See   more   about   our: On-site Torah Restoration Holy Rollers Torah Care Program Torah Restoration Project Torah Maintenance Plan
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