Maintaining Your Torah The   life   of   a   Sefer   Torah   can   be   greatly   increased   with   proper   care and   maintenance.   A   properly   cared   for   Torah   should   function   for generations. Sofer   On   Site    offers   to   come   in   annually   to   maintain   your   Torah scrolls   after   they   have   been   restored.   By   popular   demand,   we   have created   a   Torah   Maintenance   Plan   which   at   a   fraction   of   what   it would   costs   allows   you   to   both   reduce   dramatically   the   expenses   of restoring   and   maintain   your   scrolls,   while   ensuring   this   is   being done on a regular bases. Please   see   our   Torah Maintenance Plan . There    are    however    several   ways   that   members   can   be   proactive   in looking   after   their   Torahs.   Being   aware   of   the   problems   that   play   a part   in   the   deterioration   of   a   scroll   and   catering   for   these   issues   can prolong   the    well    being    of    a    Sefer    Torah    by    several    years.    See    our   Holy Rollers   program   for   more   details. Here   are   some   proactive   guiding   points to consider: The   number   one   cause   of   deterioration   in   Torahs   is   moisture. One   must   ensure   that   the   Aron   Kodesh   (Ark)   that   houses   the Sefer   Torah   is   completely   free   of   any   moisture.   Often   an Aron Kodesh   is   built   into   an   exterior   wall   and   unknowingly,   this   can cause    all    the    scrolls    to    be    exposed    to    moisture    from    the outside.   Sometimes,   a   coat   of   sealant   or   waterproof   paint   will help   rectify   this   problem.   It   is   necessary   for   the   Aron   Kodesh to   have   adequate   ventilation   to   prevent   mold   from   growing   on parchment.   In   addition,   very   dry   climates   can   also   have   a negative   effect   on   Torahs   and   a   humidifier   should   be   installed to   increase   the   level   of   moisture   in   the   ark.   Obviously,   if   a Torah   is   being   carried   outside,   great   caution   should   be   taken that scrolls not come into contact with rain in the slightest bit. The   Ba’al   Koreh   or   any   others   who   are   reading   from   the Torah must    be    made    aware    that    saliva    can    cause    tremendous problems   to   a   Torah.   Hence,   unless   one   is   reading   from   the Torah, one should not speak above an open scroll. The   Yad   is   meant   to   point   above   the   Torah,   not   to   actually touch   it   or   roll   across.   This   can   scrape   the   parchment   and even cause letters to be damaged. When   rolling   and   tying   a   Sefer   Torah,   one   should   be   aware that   the   edges   are   not   protruding   so   as   not   to   inadvertently become   torn.   One   should   not   roll   the   scroll   too   tightly,   as   this will   make   letters   rub   against   one   another   causing   them   to crack and break.
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Torah         is         the         prized         inheritance        of         the         Jewish         people.         It         moves,        motivates,         and         unites         us         as         a        nation.         For      3,000         years         we         have        learned      to      live      our      lives      through     the          teachings,          guidance          and       message      of      Torah.      We   search      for     new        ways        to        bring        ourselves      closer      to      it.      At      Sofer      On      Site,      we     are      honored      to      provide      beautiful STa’M        of        the        highest        Halachic      standards,      while      bringing      Torah’s     timeless        messages        to        you,        and      inspire generations to come.
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Address: 991 North Miami Beach Blvd. N. Miami Beach, FL 33162 Phone: 305-770-3481 Fax: 305-770-4204 Toll-free: 1-877-HASOFER (427-6337) Email: info@soferonsite.com
A   Sefer   Torah   must   have   the   correct   size   of   Atzei   Chaim   with wooden   plates   affixed   at   the   top   and   bottom   to   prevent   such tears.    The    proper    way    to    roll    a    Sefer    Torah    is    that    the parchment   should   be   as   close   to   the   top   of   the Atzei   Chaim   on the   right   side   and   as   close   to   the   bottom   on   the   left   side.   This assists   in   leaving   enough   room   for   the   plates   of   the   opposite side when closed. The    Chagora     (belt)     should     preferably     not     have     any     sharp   points;    such   as   on   a   hook   or   buckle,   that   could   catch   on   the parchment and damage it. The   best   maintenance   one   can   provide   a   Sefer   Torah   with   is to   allow   it   to   breathe.   It   is   a   healthy   practice   to   completely   roll a   Sefer   Torah   from   one   end   to   the   other,   once   a   month.   This allows    the    parchment    exposure    to    air    and    helps    prevent letters    from    cracking    and    fading.    This    practice    alone    can prolong the life of a Sefer Torah by many years. A    special    program    has     been     initialized     called     Holy    Rollers™   whereas    community    members   gather   once   a   month   to   take   care   of their   Sefrei   Torah.   If   a   questionable   section,   word   or   letter   presents itself,   it   must   be   marked   so   it   can   be   located   and   repaired.   If   it   is found   on   a   weekday,   one   must   mark   it   in   pencil   on   the   top   of   the column   and   again   on   the   beginning   of   the   line.   If   it   is   located   on Shabbat,    one    can    use    a    paperclip    to    mark    the    section.    After Shabbat a pencil mark can be made. A   Sefer   Torah   should   not   be   left   un-repaired   indefinitely.   It   should be   repaired   as   soon   as   possible   or   if   there   are   too   many   problems, and   no   other   options   remain,   it   should   be   buried.   A   Sefer   Torah   is holy   and   like   a   human   body   should   be   treated   as   you   would   treat yourself.   Take   care   of   the   Sefer   Torah,   guard   and   protect   it,   cherish and   respect   it.   When   not   sure   what   to   do,   ask   someone   that   knows. Above all, use the Torah and read it with   love. See   more   about   our: On-site Torah Restoration Holy Rollers Torah Care Program Torah Restoration Project Torah Maintenance Plan
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Maintaining Your Torah The   life   of   a   Sefer   Torah   can   be   greatly   increased   with   proper care    and    maintenance.   A    properly    cared    for    Torah    should function for generations. Sofer   On   Site    offers   to   come   in   annually   to   maintain   your Torah    scrolls    after    they    have    been    restored.    By    popular demand,   we   have   created   a   Torah   Maintenance   Plan   which   at a   fraction   of   what   it   would   costs   allows   you   to   both   reduce dramatically    the    expenses    of    restoring    and    maintain    your scrolls,   while   ensuring   this   is   being   done   on   a   regular   bases. Please   see   our   T orah Maintenance Plan . There     are     however     several    ways    that    members    can    be proactive   in   looking   after   their   Torahs.   Being   aware   of   the problems   that   play   a   part   in   the   deterioration   of   a   scroll   and catering   for   these   issues   can   prolong   the    well    being    of    a    Sefer   Torah    by    several    years.    See    our    Holy   Rollers    program    for   more   details. Here   are   some   proactive   guiding   points to consider: The    number    one    cause    of    deterioration    in    Torahs    is moisture.   One   must   ensure   that   the   Aron   Kodesh   (Ark) that   houses   the   Sefer   Torah   is   completely   free   of   any moisture.   Often   an   Aron   Kodesh   is   built   into   an   exterior wall   and   unknowingly,   this   can   cause   all   the   scrolls   to   be exposed    to    moisture    from    the    outside.    Sometimes,    a coat   of   sealant   or   waterproof   paint   will   help   rectify   this problem.   It   is   necessary   for   the   Aron   Kodesh   to   have adequate   ventilation   to   prevent   mold   from   growing   on parchment.   In   addition,   very   dry   climates   can   also   have   a negative   effect   on   Torahs   and   a   humidifier   should   be installed    to    increase    the    level    of    moisture    in    the    ark. Obviously,    if    a    Torah    is    being    carried    outside,    great caution    should    be    taken    that    scrolls    not    come    into contact with rain in the slightest bit. The   Ba’al   Koreh   or   any   others   who   are   reading   from   the Torah    must    be    made    aware    that    saliva    can    cause tremendous   problems   to   a   Torah.   Hence,   unless   one   is reading   from   the   Torah,   one   should   not   speak   above   an open scroll. The    Yad    is    meant    to    point    above    the    Torah,    not    to actually    touch    it    or    roll    across.    This    can    scrape    the parchment and even cause letters to be damaged. When   rolling   and   tying   a   Sefer   Torah,   one   should   be aware   that   the   edges   are   not   protruding   so   as   not   to inadvertently   become   torn.   One   should   not   roll   the   scroll too    tightly,    as    this    will    make    letters    rub    against    one another causing them to crack and break. A   Sefer   Torah   must   have   the   correct   size   of   Atzei   Chaim with    wooden    plates    affixed    at    the    top    and    bottom    to prevent   such   tears.   The   proper   way   to   roll   a   Sefer   Torah is   that   the   parchment   should   be   as   close   to   the   top   of   the Atzei   Chaim   on   the   right   side   and   as   close   to   the   bottom on   the   left   side.   This   assists   in   leaving   enough   room   for the plates of the opposite side when closed. The   Chagora    (belt)    should    preferably    not    have    any    sharp   points;    such   as   on   a   hook   or   buckle,   that   could   catch   on the parchment and damage it. The   best   maintenance   one   can   provide   a   Sefer   Torah with   is   to   allow   it   to   breathe.   It   is   a   healthy   practice   to completely   roll   a   Sefer   Torah   from   one   end   to   the   other, once   a   month.   This   allows   the   parchment   exposure   to   air and   helps   prevent   letters   from   cracking   and   fading.   This practice   alone   can   prolong   the   life   of   a   Sefer   Torah   by many years. A   special   program   has    been    initialized    called    Holy   Rollers™   whereas    community    members   gather   once   a   month   to   take care   of   their   Sefrei   Torah.   If   a   questionable   section,   word   or letter   presents   itself,   it   must   be   marked   so   it   can   be   located and   repaired.   If   it   is   found   on   a   weekday,   one   must   mark   it   in pencil   on   the   top   of   the   column   and   again   on   the   beginning   of the   line.   If   it   is   located   on   Shabbat,   one   can   use   a   paperclip   to mark the section. After Shabbat a pencil mark can be made. A   Sefer   Torah   should   not   be   left   un-repaired   indefinitely.   It should   be   repaired   as   soon   as   possible   or   if   there   are   too many   problems,   and   no   other   options   remain,   it   should   be buried. A   Sefer   Torah   is   holy   and   like   a   human   body   should   be treated   as   you   would   treat   yourself.   Take   care   of   the   Sefer Torah,   guard   and   protect   it,   cherish   and   respect   it.   When   not sure   what   to   do,   ask   someone   that   knows.   Above   all,   use   the Torah and read it with   love. See   more   about   our: On-site Torah Restoration Holy Rollers Torah Care Program Torah Restoration Project Torah Maintenance Plan
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Torah         is         the         prized         inheritance         of         the        Jewish         people.         It         moves,         motivates,         and        unites         us         as         a         nation.         For      3,000         years        we         have         learned      to      live      our      lives      through     the      teachings,      guidance      and      message      of     Torah.      We   search      for      new      ways      to      bring     ourselves      closer      to      it.      At      Sofer      On      Site,     we      are      honored      to      provide      beautiful   STa’M     of      the      highest      Halachic      standards,      while     bringing      Torah’s      timeless      messages      to      you,     and  inspire generations to come.
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Friday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Weekend Closed
Address: 991 North Miami Beach Blvd. N. Miami Beach, FL 33162 Phone: 305-770-3481 Fax: 305-770-4204 Toll-free: 1-877-HASOFER (427-6337) Email: info@soferonsite.com
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