Members of the Chabad Okanagan Synagogue gather for the completion of a Torah scroll, a first in the Okanagan.
For the first time in the Valley, members of the Chabad Okanagan Synagogue gathered for the completion of a Torah scroll.
A scribe from New York personally delivered the scroll after another ordained scribe in Israel hand wrote all but the last few lines of the 600,00-character document. Members of the Chabad, with help from the scribe, were then invited to personally inscribe a character, said Rabbi Shmuly Hecht.
Hecht said all Jews hope to someday scribe their own lines in the holy document. But personally writing an entire scroll would take more than a year, so it is accepted practice for a scribe allow each person to write a letter once the bulk of the Torah has been painstakingly scripted in calligraphy in the ancient style, using a quill on a parchment scroll.
The cost of the Torah, estimated at about $40,000, was donated by Stephen Cipes, proprietor of Summerhill Pyramid Winery.
A dedication ceremony was held at Osprey Park, in honour of Moshiach, or world peace, said Hecht.
"We celebrated at the buffet dinner which followed with dancing and live music late in to the night," he added.