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Hakhnasat Sefer Torah || הַכְנָסַת סֵפֶר תּוֹרָה || Inauguration of a Torah scroll


It is a big מצווה to write a סֵפֶר תּוֹרָה. Since most of us are not scribes, we can help write a סֵפֶר תּוֹרָה by paying a scribe to write one for us. Since a סֵפֶר תּוֹרָה is incomplete even if one letter is missing, therefore if one writes [or buys] one letter in a סֵפֶר תּוֹרָה, it is considered as if one wrote the entire scroll. When a scribe has finished writing a סֵפֶר תּוֹרָה, there is a ceremony called a הַכְנָסַת [bringing in] סֵפֶר תּוֹרָה. In this ceremony, a few people are honored to write the last few letters of the תּוֹרָה [with the help of the scribe] and then the תּוֹרָה is dressed with a velvet mantle and a crown and then placed under a חופה [canopy, as in a wedding] and led through the streets to the Synagogue amidst dancing and music. Great honor is given to the תּוֹרָה and everybody kisses the תּוֹרָה to show our love and appreciation for this most wonderful gift.