Sephardic torah gifted to Ashkenazy shul

December 12, 2014 by Roz Tarszisz
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A new Sefer Torah has been consecrated at Nefesh Shul in Sydney’s Bondi.

Celebrating the new torah    Pic: Ben Apfelbaum/J-Wire

Sephardi and Ahkenazy Torahs                 Pic: Ben Apfelbaum/J-Wire



Rabbi Ritchie Moss and Rev Henry Amzalak dance with the new Torah

Rabbi Ritchie Moss and Rev Henry Amzalak dance with the new Torah   Pic: Ben Apfelbaum/J-Wire

The consecration of a Torah is always a special time, but what made this occasion particularly memorable was the new Torah has an ornate Sephardic cover. The shul now has four kosher Torahs.

“It is a unique occasion when an Ashkenazy and Sephardi Torah are seen together, side by side in shul” said Rabbi Moss.

Large and round , the heavy silver casing is decorated with the Ten Commandments and twelve tribes of Israel . There is a lot of beautifully wrought detail.

Commissioned in Israel, the Torah has been donated by the Tamim family in honour of their parents who lived in Israel. When their mother was on her deathbed , she gave a sign that she was happy for her family to send it to relatives in Sydney.

As part of the ceremony, the Torah was paraded up and down the street outside. No sooner had the parade entered the synagogue, than heavy rain descended.

“Approval from on high perhaps?” says Rabbi Moss.


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