More than 6,000 men, women and children danced and sang their way through the streets of Jerusalem’s Old City Wednesday, celebrating the completion of a Torah scroll written in the name of peace and the merit of Jewish children the world over.
The fifth in a series of holy scrolls commissioned by the Chabad-Lubavitchrun Children’s Torah Scroll project in Kfar Chabad, Israel, the newest Torah scroll brought out rabbinical and political leaders in a mass demonstration of unity harkening back to the first such celebration in 1981.
Three decades ago, the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, spoke of the special power children have to make the world a better place. All over the globe, their “very breath free of sin,” they could fuel a dramatic demonstration of unity that could change the planet. In order to accomplish this, he urged that every Jewish child possess a letter in a Torah scroll written specifically for them. All it would cost is the symbolic amount of one dollar, ideally coming from the child’s own funds or sponsored by parents and family members. Each letter would link Jewish children the world over to the foundation of their heritage. continue... or scroll down for 100+ photos by Yisroel Bardugo