Burt & Mary schwartz -Temple Israel - West Bloomfield MI Burt   and   I   enjoyed   the   Torah   scribing   experience   immensely.   The   time   spent   was   very   well   organized   from   watching   the   video,explaining   all   of   the necessities   from   beginning   to   end   in   writing   a   Torah,to   seeing   and   having   explained   each   step   along   the   way,   to   meeting   the   sofer(scribe)   who showed   and   explained   the   letter   we   were   given   and   then   inscribing   it.   We   also   enjoyed   the   last   step   which   involved   decorating   the   wrap   which   will be used to tye the Torah upon completion. It was a wonderful learning experience that we will remember for a long time. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Nancy Meininger - Temple Israel - West Bloomfield MI The word I wrote was HaMishkan I felt the opportunity to work with the scribe was the experience of a lifetime and my chance to truly express my love of Judaism. As   a   Jew   by   Choice,   it   was   particularly   meaningful   to   me,   indeed   an   honor   and   a   privilege   to   be   included   in   this   Torah   that   will   endure   well   beyond my lifetime. The   video   preparation   for   the   experience   was   informative   and   helped   to   enhance   the   actual   hands   on   experience.   My   volunteer   guide   was   both accommodating and attentive and made this time very special for me. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Susan Lynn - Temple Israel - West Bloomfield MI Aleph. it was a wonderful, informational and heartfelt experience –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Beth Fienman - Temple Israel - West Bloomfield MI We   wrote   the   letter   shin. This   was   a   beautiful   opportunity   to   share   our   religion   with   the   entire   family.   I   think   they   did   a   wonderful   job   of   integrating   all of the different elements. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Cathie Platt - Baltimore Hebrew Congregation - Baltimore MD Dear Rabbi Druin: You   won't   remember   me,   but   I   was   invited   to   join   Rabbi   Elissa   Sachs-Kohen's   wonderful   family   this   past   Sunday   at   Baltimore   Hebrew   Congregation to meet with you. When   you   were   speaking   of   reconstructing   the   "R"   of   forgiveness   -   the   Hebrew   "Raish"   in   the   word   Kapara,   as   it   relates   to   the   happiness   we   feel when   we   ask   for   forgiveness,   and   right   before   we   all   touched   the   end   of   your   pen,   I   felt   as   if   pierced   in   the   center   of   my   heart   and   tears   began   to flow.   I   was   deeply   touched   by   something-   I   would   say   -   in   the   energy   that   was   existent   in   your   words,   in   the   Torah,   perhaps   something   associated with the Kabbalah. I   have   been   on   the   spiritual   path   for   some   years   now   as   well   as   being   a   psychotherapist   here   in   Charlottesville,   Virginia,   and   I   have   had   several experiences   in   which   I   felt   a   door   opened   within   me   that   allowed   me   to   touch   a   higher   force.   However,   this   experience   took   me   completely   by surprise. With some apologies (although possibly not needed), I am not a "religious" Jew but I do respond to energies in my environment. I wanted to share my experience with you and thank you for your warmth, your explanations, and your inclusion of us in your work. Many thanks. Cathie Platt –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Robin Messinger - Temple Beth Torah - Melville NY Yud. He described it as humble. I found his explanation very meaningful and easily for my children to relate to. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Judi Milich - Temple Beth Torah - Melville NY We wrote the letter AYIN. Rabbi   Selwyn   explained   that   the   letter   refers   to   the   eyes.   He   made   our   experience   very   meaningful   because   he   told   us   all   about   this   letter   and   the different meanings it can have. We enjoyed learning from Rabbi Selwyn. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Saralee Rosenberg - Temple Beth Torah - Melville NY I   had   the   honor   of   writing   the   aleph   in   the   first   word   of   the   book   of   Exodus.   It   was   a   wonderful   experience,   something   I   never   thought   possible.   But not   only   did   I   get   the   chance   to   inscribe   an   important   letter,   the   Sofer   shared   the   explanation   of   how   the   letter   aleph   is   formed   and   the   significance   of being surrounded by two vav's. The whole experience was very special and I was glad a photographer captured the moment. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Jill Sisselman My   family   wrote   the   letter   chet.   I   was   expecting   to   show   up   and   simply   write   a   letter   in   the   Torah   and   what   i   experienced   was   so   much   greater   than just   that.   We   created   a   mitzvah,   decorated   the   Torah   covering   and   had   a   memorable   day   that   will   keep   us   forever   a   part   of   Temple   Beth   Torah.   The whole   family   had   such   a   great   experience.   My   niece   had   joined   us   and   went   home   raving   about   how   much   fun   she   had.   Thank   you   for   putting   the entire event together. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Neal Charness - Temple Israel - West Bloomfield, MI bnai:   This   was   done   just   a   few   weeks   before   our   kids'   B'nai   Mitzvah   and   a   trip   to   Israel.   It   reinforces   the   connections   and   was   meaningful   for   our children and us. I think the children will quietly remember this for a long time. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Ariel Boxman - Temple Shalom - Dallas, TX We   had   a   wonderful   experience   scribing   our   very   own   Torah.   Through   the   scribing   experience,   our   congregants   felt   intimately   connected   to   the Torah and our Jewish traditions. I am very grateful for this opportunity. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Rick Cowdrey - Temple Israel - West Bloomfield MI I   wrote   the   letter   Vav   in   the   word   V'yehi,   Chapter   1,   Verse   3,   in   the   Book   of   Genesis   (Breisheet).   As   a   recent   Convert   to   Judaism,   this   scribing experience   was   especially   meaningful   to   me   as   a   new   Jew.   I   was   joined   that   day   by   my   friends   who   have   chosen   Judaism   as   well,   and   we   all participated   in   the   scribing   together. The   day   of   the   scribing   was   a   very   sunny   day,   and   given   the   context   of   the   verse   "let   there   be   light",   it   was   quite fitting. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Pamela Garron - Congregation Rodeph Sholom - Tampa, FL Our   family   has   the   letter   vav.   I've   been   an   active   member   of   our   Torah   Writing   Committee.   Our   family's   scribing   experience   was   important   to   me   so that   my   family   could   see   and   experience   first-hand   what   our   committee's   time   and   efforts   were   being   put   into   -   a   legacy   that   our   congregation   will enjoy for generations to come. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Janet Gendelman - Temple Israel - West Bloomfield, MI Our   family   scribed   the   letter   Pei.   It   was   such   a   special   experience.   The   rabbi   was   amazing   and   engaged   our   kids   beautifully.   He   spoke   of   the   letter, its   meaning   and   how   special   it   would   be   when   my   kids   would   have   the   chance   to   read   from   the   same   torah   at   their   bar/bat   mitzvahs.   We   feel   very lucky to have been able to participate in this truly unique event. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Carol Lawson - Temple Israel - West Bloomfield, MI Samekh - Yosef Chapter 50 Verse 26 Book Breisheet - Genesis Our   scribe   explained   a   little   about   himself   and   how   long   he   has   been   a   scribe.   Next   he   explained   our   letter   and   where   it   came   from   and   what   it meant. The experience was very humbling and we felt very blessed that we could participate in scribing a new letter in our new Torah. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Elaine Greenberg - Temple Israel - West Bloomfield MI Yud---It   was   a   very   emotional   and   moving   experience   for   my   husband   and   I.   The   whole   ceremony   was   beautifully   planned   and   brought   tears   to   our eyes. We were so glad there was a box of Kleenex on each table. We were honored to be part of the experience and would recommend that every individual should partake in the ritual. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Paula Korelitz - Temple Israel - West Bloomfield MI Dalet   -   especially   memorable   to   us   because   the   scribe   told   us   the   word   we   were   helping   to   write   had   to   do   with   memory   and   this   was   such   a memorable experience. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Amy Scapelliti - Temple Israel - West Bloomfield MI My husband, Stephen and I wrote an ayin. We thought it was a wonderful experience....a once in a lifetime opportunity! –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Sheila Schiffer - Temple Israel - West Bloomfield MI ל   -   It   was   meaningful   on   several   levels.   Our   family   had   gathered   to   write   a   letter   in   the Torah. Three   of   my   granddaughters   are   students   at   Hillel   Day School   and   they   liked   reading   the   parsha   which   surrounded   the   lamed.   We   all   learned   from   the   different   stations   surrounding   the   sofer. The   "taste   of Torah" trivia book will be enjoyed in each of our households. The program was well organized and appliicable to all ages. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Jill Mann - Temple Israel - West Bloomfield MI Our   letter,   Alef,   was   part   of   the   word   Israel.   It   was   meaningful   for   many   reasons,   especially   since   the   _word_   Israel   represents   the   Jewish   people, and   how   important   the   land   of   Israel   is   to   our   people   and   culture.   This   experience   further   connects   us   to   the   synagogue,   knowing   that   we   wrote   a letter   that   is   in   one   of   the   Torahs   that   we   will   use   at   Temple   for   years   to   come.   Maybe   that   Torah   will   be   used   for   our   children's   Bar   and   Bat   Mitzvah, or   their   children's   Bar   or   Bat   Mitzvahs!   It   was   fascinating   to   learn   about   how   the   Torah   is   made   and   it   was   exciting   to   be   a   part   of   that   ritualistic process.
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