In the Five Books of Moses, it is written, “Now write for yourself this song, and teach it to all the children of Israel.” - Deuteronomy 31:19. This verse suggests that by participating in writing a Torah, one fulfills the 613th and final mitzvah (commandment) in the Code of Jewish Law. Anyone who writes a single letter in a Torah or enables the Torah to be written through his or her support, fulfills the holy obligation of "writing a Torah in your lifetime."
Tamid is New York City’s newest synagogue and we are forming new traditions and pathways for celebrating Judaism in the 21st Century. For more than 2,000 years, Torah writing has been restricted to men only. Ours will be the first Torah written by a female scribe in Manhattan - which is historic!
The Torah is the symbol of unity. L’dor V’dor, from generation to generation, Jewish families have safeguarded this unity through the teachings of the Torah. Now it is our turn. Everyone is welcome to support the writing of this Torah; Jew and non-Jew, local and global. The Torah was given as the word of God and everyone is invited to participate and benefit from this gift, now and always.
Our goal is to raise the necessary funds to complete the writing of the 304,805 letters in the Torah by Mid-November. In the second phase, we will attach the pages together and bind them to the Torah handles. In the last phase, we will outfit the Torah with a mantle and crowns and (God willing) have our new Torah to read from next Rosh Hashanah (Fall 2017).
In addition to the many reward and gift levels from $36 to $10,000 (please refer to the categories on the right margin of this page), there are two levels that are available to major contributors.
* The Abraham and Sarah Gift ($36,000). This level offers five donors (Genesis and Deuteronomy have already been named; Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers remain) the opportunity to dedicate one of the Five Books of Moses. The Rabbi and the Scribe will travel to your home or community (Continental U.S.) to guide you in writing a Hebrew letter (or multiple) in the scroll and will speak to you and/or your group about the Torah and the Torah writing process. You will receive a Certificate of Authentication with your name(s) signed by the Rabbi and Scribe. For this special opportunity, please contact our office for more information, thank you. (646) 360-0689 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
* The Eternal Word Gift ($100,000). One has the privilege to name this Torah. You will be invited to present the completed Torah to Tamid in the Fall 2017 and will be invited to hold the Torah prior to it being read at the Jewish holiday of your choice once per year. The Rabbi and the Scribe will travel to your home or community (Continental U.S.) to guide you in writing a Hebrew letter (or multiple) in the scroll and will speak to you and/or your group about the Torah and the Torah writing process. You will receive a Certificate of Authentication with your name(s) signed by the Rabbi and Scribe. We welcome the opportunity to discuss this singular, once-in-a lifetime gift with you. Please contact our office, thank you. (646) 360-0689 or email@example.com.
*All contributions are tax deductible. Tamid is a registered not-for-profit 501c3 and you will receive a letter for your deductions.
*Please forward, share, and post this widely through your networks. Writing a Torah is a blessing and we hope that you will join in the honor and mitzvah of supporting this project and enabling someone else to also to learn and to participate. If you have any questions, please contact us. Thank you!
Risks and challenges
We need to raise $90,000 by mid-November to complete the writing of the 304,805 letters in the Torah. We hope to read from it at Rosh Hashanah (The Jewish New Year) in 2017. Your support will help us accomplish this phase of our Torah. Thank you and may your gift add blessing and hope to you and to us all. Shalom from Tamid.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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