All Because of One Letter Site Map
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.  –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Rabbi Hannah Laner - Jewish Boulder CO Dear Rabbi Druin, Thank   you   so   much   for   your   wonderful   teaching   about   the   Torah   as   our   GPS   to   the   Z.   family.   You   made   the   learning   personal   and   relevant,   and   I intend   to   keep   that   conversation   going.   I   was   thrilled   to   be   part   of   scribing   an Aleph   -   my   favorite   letter   for   many   reasons.   I   teach   about   the   letters, and one year at Shavuot I led a shiur on Aleph. The word we scribed was ולא the one right before יסעו, from Shmot 40:37. What a wonderful teaching! HaShem shows us the way and guides us. I   wish   you   many   blessings. You   scribe   exquisitely   and   with   great   love.   Har   HaShem   will   treasure   this Torah   and   the   memory   of   having   participated   in this special mitzvah for years to come. B'Shalom, Rabbi Hannah Laner –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Judy Solomon - Temple Israel - West Bloomfield, MI Letter yud This   scribing   experience   was   so   powerful   for   my   family--we   have   celebrated   life   cycle   events   at   Temple   Israel   and   we   have   had   the   support   of   our Temple   community   in   very   difficult   times.   To   come   together   as   a   family   to   fulfill   this   mitzvah   was   amazing--joyful,   beautiful   and   deeply   personal--not just   the   scribing   itself   but   to   write   our   prayers   for   the   Wall   and   make   a   tribute   to   our   loved   ones   and   to   Rabbi   Loss,   who   helped   us   find   light   in   one   of the darkest times. We are so happy to be one year later, able to share in this very special mitzvah. Thank you! The Solomons –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Barbara Frankel - Temple Israel - West Bloomfield MI S  -  shin It   was   a   wonderful   feeling   of   belonging   to   the   best   Temple   and   the   fact   that   we   were   all   sharing   this   time   together.            How   nice   to   have   all   of   the information for us, we did learn a lot. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Jan Jacobs - Temple Israel - West Bloomfield MI Bet!      I   got   to   scribe   with   my   88   year   old   dad!!!     The   scribe   was   patient,   answered   lots   of   questions,   and   my   dad   talked   about   his   GRANDFATHER,   a man he had never mentioned before, and thought he had heard that this grandpa was also a scribe! –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Norrine Freeman - Temple Israel - West Bloomfield MI Our family loved the experience. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
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