Reading Torah at Sof

Torah Scroll, Quill, and Ink.

By Michelle Schneider

My Hebrew education began when my nonobservant parents sent me, at my request, to Sunday School for four years, culminating in my Bat Mitzvah. Until I discovered Sof, however, I basically attended synagogue on holidays only.  Now I’m immersed in Saturday services, and, having drashed and led several Torah services, reading Torah has been the apex of my Hebrew training.

The experience also highlighted and reaffirmed the continual support, camaraderie, and sense of community I have always felt at Sof. With the help of Sandy, Dina and Gregg, I learned my parsha, though when I actually read, my voice quivered at times. Was I nervous? Yes, of course. But I think I was also suddenly in awe, realizing that here I was chanting the same verses that ancient tongues had sung for millennia.

Some time ago, Jack and I found a Judaica shop in New Orleans shortly before a special occasion for Adam Pack. I knew that reading Torah at Sof was a goal for Adam, so we gifted him with a yad. Unbeknownst to me, Jack purchased one for me as well, although I had no such aspirations at the time. Turns out Jack knew better than I did.

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