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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.
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