THE FIRST TORAH EVER TO BE WRITTEN COMPLETELY IN WASHINGTON DC
One of the important precepts in our Torah is for new Torah scrolls to be written. Since the transmission of Torah values from one generation to the next forms the core of Jewish survival through the ages, this time honored practice has been celebrated through the years, as this text has survived for millennia - since Sinai - with no deviation in its wording.
Since not everyone has the training, resources or means to write their own Torah scroll, many participate in the custom of obtaining their own letter, passage or section in a Torah along with many others, thus owning their part in forming a communal effort to write a new Torah scroll, which they can then also call their own.
For the first time in history, a new Torah scroll is being written entirely in Washington, DC. Special phrases and passages have been and will be inscribed in prominent locations across the nation's capital, relevant to those passages. There is a great deal of communal excitement, as men, women and children of all ages and backgrounds join together in this historic effort, connecting with so many generation of those who came before us, in creating another scroll of this timeless sacred text.
Locations where phrases have been and will be especially inscribed include the White House, the Capitol, the Supreme Court, the Pentagon, Departments of Justice, Health and Human Services, Labor, Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture, Education, and Energy, National Institutes of Health, the National Zoo, national museums, local government agencies, hospitals and parks, and other relevant landmarks and locations.
HISTORIC & PROMINENT LOCATIONS
where passages are to be inscribed
THE WHITE HOUSE
US INSTITUTE OF PEACE
THE SUPREME COURT
DEPT. OF HOUSING & URBAN DEVELOPMENT
DEPT. OF VETERAN AFFAIRS
THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
THE NATIONAL ZOO
THE WORLD BANK
IMF - IDB
DEPT. OF REGULATORY AFFAIRS
US HOLOCAUST MUSEUM
US DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF
It is written that the name Israel is actually a Hebrew acrostic which translates as "there are six hundred thousand letters in the Torah". 600,000 is the historic number of the Jewish people, indicating the parallel of each letter to every individual's participation.
Some prefer to dedicate a specific word they find meaningful, giving them an even deeper connection to the writing of the Torah, which might recall a particular meaning, event or significance. Opportunities are available.
Certain verses of the Torah speak to an individual in a particular way, given their unique experience or meaning. Some may choose a verse which reminds them of a credo or occurrence that they find particularly meaningful.
There are a number of premier sections which will be made available for dedication or sponsorship. These include, among others, the Shema, the Ten Commandments, the Exodus, The Priestly Blessings, Blessings of The Patriarchs and Matriarchs etc.