by Reb Akiva @ Mystical Paths
My wife and I went out for groceries a few nights ago, traveling to another nearby town in the midst of a Torah (Jewish religious) community. Upon loading our purchases, we turned and found the street engulfed in a Hachnasos Sefer Torah – a welcoming parade for a new Sefer Torah scroll being brought to a nearby synagogue.
The traditions for this involve lines of people holding torches as the Torah is paraded to it’s synagogue under a Wedding Canopy, with rows of dancing and singing men welcoming the Torah.
Somehow the Orthodox Jewish communities in Israel have adopted a new custom… it’s the Sefer Torah Party Truck! The Sefer Torah Party Truck is a full mobile disco studio, with glowing and spinning crowns (for the crown of Torah), mass party lights, and a full neighborhood volume mobile sound system blasting Orthodox Jewish karaoke with a live MC or DJ on mike singing.
The wedding canopy and sefer Torah is still there, though it may be powered and lit (and with flashing lights) as well. It’s all a bit (way way way) over the top, but it’s all to bring honor to the new Torah as it’s escorted to it’s synagogue home.