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The rebbe king moshiach shlita holding the sefer torah after he puts on the golden crown

The Sefer Torah is Completed




From: Chabad.AM Editorial Staff    
2004-08-30 16:46:51




Though the Sefer Torah with which to greet Mashiach was written in 5702 (1941-42), its final letters were not completed until the ninth of Shvat, 5730 (1970), on the afternoon of erev Shabbos. Sensing the historic nature of the occasion, thousands of chassidim from near and far converged on the beis midrash of Lubavitch in Brooklyn for this solemn and moving ceremony.

The Rebbe Shlita opened the proceedings with a brief sichah, and asked that Psalm 20 be read "as an invitation to all our Jewish brethren, wherever they are." The venerable Rabbi Shmuel Levitin read it aloud, while all those present repeated it, one verse at a time. Then, in preparation for the writing of the final letters of the Sefer Torah, the entire congregation sang together the "Niggun of Four Themes" of the Alter Rebbe, followed by a representative niggun associated with (in turn) the Mitteler Rebbe, the Tzemach Tzedek, the Rebbe Maharash, the Rebbe Rashab and the Rebbe Rayatz, and finally the niggun sung to the words of the verse that begins, "Grant salvation to Your people and bless Your heritage; tend them and exalt them forever."

The final letters of the Sefer Torah were now written. Various elder chassidim were then honored in turn with the responsive reading of individual verses from the passage beginning Atah hareisa, [as on Simchas Torah]. The first verse and the last were read by the Rebbe Shlita.

The congregation now sang the melody set to the words of the verse, "Jerusalem shall be settled as an unfortified town."

The Sefer Torah was now bound, and garbed in a royal blue silk-velvet mantle. The Rebbe Shlita placed an ornate golden crown upon it, and, surrounded by chassidim holding lighted candles and supporting a canopy aloft, carried it to the Holy Ark. At this point the Rebbe shlita recited aloud the full blessing of Shehecheyanu, and ate a fruit of the new season.

Returning to his place, the Rebbe Shlita delivered a maamar that began with the words, "To understand the meaning of writing a Sefer Torah...."

In the course of the brief talk with which this occasion then closed, the Rebbe Shlita said: "A certain deed was lacking, a deed that would enable [us] to draw on the strength which the leader of our generation, the Previous Rebbe, is granting. The completion of this Sefer Torah has removed that lack. All that now remains is for every individual to attend to the particular details in his divine service that are still outstanding. And thereby we will nullify the exile, and will be found worthy of going out with joyous and gladsome hearts to greet our righteous Mashiach."

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