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Students at Skokie’s Lubavitch day school prepare for new Torah


Hundreds of students assembled in a large room Wednesday at a Skokie Hebrew school to hear a scribe talk about and demonstrate the painstakingly detailed methods of how a Torah scroll is created. The students at Seymour J. Abrams Cheder Lubavitch Hebrew Day School have been receiving firsthand lessons about the sacred Torah scroll in anticipation of their own Torah arriving in February.

The Torah scroll is known as the most sacred item in the Jewish religion, rabbis say. Yochanan Nathan, the scribe (or “Sofer” in Hebrew), has been finishing up writing the Torah scroll, which was started by another scribe in Israel, said Rabbi Yitzchok Wolf of Cheder Lubavitch Hebrew Day School..

“This new Torah is going to be housed at this building,” Wolf said. “This building is not only a school where children come and study. It’s a school where children pray.

This is where they have their whole Jewish life and Jewish experience.” According to Wolf, the Torah is being written just for the children at Cheder Lubavitch Hebrew Day School. “The Torah will be cared for by the students, handled by the students, and read by the students,” said Rabbi Menachem Posner who has a child at the school. “Even the ark will be in the school’s gymnasium, accessible to the general student body on a regular basis.”

The new Torah scroll is a gift from Sherwin and Pam Willner of Lincolnwood in memory of Sherwin’s parents, Ben and Mary Willner, school officials said. The completion of the Torah scroll will be celebrated Feb.

12 at the Palmer House hotel in Chicago, according to the rabbis. A celebration of the arrival of the new Torah at the Skokie school is scheduled for Feb.

13, school rabbis told the children Tuesday.

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