Thursday, August 01, 2019

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Hagbah: Raising the Torah

   by Reb Gutman Locks   
       Hagbah: Raising the Torah


     When we read the weekly Torah portion in a minyan, we raise the Scroll in a way that all can see the writing. Our custom is to lift it before the minyan's reading while some, or maybe even most, minyans raise it after the reading. It is good for us spiritually to see the written letters in a Torah Scroll especially seeing Hashem's Name.

     The Torah scroll that Moshe wrote was kept in the Holy of Holies in the Temple days. Torah scrolls are the most Holy objects we have in the world.

     And what does holy mean? Only Hashem is holy, and the things that we call holy, such as a Scroll, or tefillin, or a righteous person, these are called holy because they point us towards Hashem's ways.

     And the things we call unholy? These are the things that take us away from His ways.   




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