Home Subscribe Services Support Us
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Chapter 28: 1-3
The Torah Scroll and Sacred Texts

1. It is a positive command incumbent on every Jewish man to write a Torah scroll for himself, as [Deuteronomy 31:19] states: "Now, write for yourselves this song." Our sages received the interpretation of this verse as: Write the entire Torah which contains this song [Ha'azinu]. Even if one inherits a Torah scroll from one's father, it is a mitzvah to write one alone.

A person who hires a scribe to write a Torah scroll for him, or who buys a scroll which contains errors and corrects it, is considered to have fulfilled the mitzvah of writing a Torah scroll.*

* { A person who cannot write a Torah scroll himself or afford to commission a scribe to do so may fulfill the mitzvah of writing a Torah scroll by purchasing letters in a scroll written through the contributions of many individuals.}

It is forbidden to sell a Torah scroll. However, in a time of great need, one should consult a Rabbinic Sage.

2. Similarly, it is a mitzvah for a person to purchase the sacred texts which are used to study - e.g., the mishnah, gemorah, and the works of the halachic authorities - so that he may study from them himself and lend them to others. A person who cannot afford to buy both a Torah scroll and texts for study should give priority to the texts he needs for study.

[Kesuvos 50a] states that [Psalms 112:3]: "His righteousness endures forever" refers to a person who writes (or purchases) sacred texts and lends them to others.

3. A person must treat a Torah scroll with great honor. It is a mitzvah to designate a special place for it and show respect and beautify that place.

One should not spit in front of a Torah scroll or hold a Torah without its mantle. A person who sees a Torah scroll being carried must stand before it until the Torah scroll is returned to its place or until it passes out of his sight.

In the synagogue, when the Torah is removed or returned to the ark, it is a mitzvah for everyone whom the Torah passes to accompany it to its place. Similarly, the person who lifts up the Torah scroll and the one who rolls it closed should accompany the scroll.

   The Torah Scroll and Sacred Texts
Paragraphs 4-7
Table of Contents

Halacha-Yomi, Copyright (c) 1999 Project Genesis, Inc.



View Complete List

How Extrordinary The Result
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5761

8 - The Symbol of Eternity
Rabbi Label Lam - 5773

Angels and Agents
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5766


Yosef Recognizes His Brothers
- 5773

Big Returns
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5756

A Little Light Chases Away a Lot of Darkness
Rabbi Label Lam - 5760

> A Superficial Light
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5772

Time Study
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5766

Power and Anti-Semitism
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5774

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Battle and Survival
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5760

Oh Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5768

A New Perspective
Shlomo Katz - 5768

Looking for a Chavrusah?

On A Wing And A Prayer
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5771

Straightening Out The Cause And The Effect
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5773

To Win By A Hairsbreadth
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5764

Let's End The Blame Game
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5773

Project Genesis Home

Torah Portion

Jewish Law



Learn the Basics




Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base


About Us

Contact Us

Free Book on Geulah! Home Copyright Information