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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. 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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