Monday, May 5, 2008

Moving a Sefer Torah


Here's an important rule highlighting the honor we give to a Torah scroll, even at the expense of people's ability to learn Torah. Note that it emerges from a time and place in which people used the Sefer Torah for actual learning, and not just for the formal Torah reading:

One may not move a Torah from its usual shul space, other than for the purpose of formal Kriat haTorah in a minyan elsewhere. This is true even where the people who would learn from it at this new site have no access to a Torah scroll on their own.

(Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 135:14; Mishneh Berurah 135:47)

Have a great day,

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