New Torah Scroll Written by More Than 200 Thousand Jews
A new Sefer Torah (Torah scroll) was dedicated at the Western Wall in Jerusalem this past Tuesday, which was Rosh Chodesh Nissan.
Arutz Sheva attended the dedication ceremony of the unique scroll, which was written by over 200 thousand people from all continents over a seven-year period. The project began in 2006, during the Second Lebanon War, and over 100 thousand soldiers wrote letters for the scroll as well.
The project was led by Igor Kolomoisky, President of the European Jewish Union (EJU), Vadim Rabinovich, Co-chair of the European Jewish Parliament (EJP) and Head of All-Ukrainian Jewish Congress, Genadiy Bogolubov, businessmen, and Alexandr Levin, President of the World Congress of Russian speaking Jewry.
The goal of the project, the organizers told Arutz Sheva, is to write a Torah scroll for the Third Temple.
The scroll, said organizer Nachman Steinberg, reached “every corner in Israel where there are soldiers. Most of the Sefer Torah was written by soldiers. Jewish people abroad and in Israel were part of the project as well.”
The project was initiated and sponsored by the same people who were responsible for the rebuilding of the Hurva Synagogue in Jerusalem.
The Hurva Synagogue was destroyed when it was hit by a Jordanian shell during the 1948 War of Independence. It was rebuilt and restored in its original 19th century style, reopening in 2010.