Congregants arrived on Tuesday morning to find sifrei
Torah strewn across the floor, splattered with acid.
(48.) The Hebrew is tamim t'heyeh im hashem elokecha, "Be simple with the Lord, your God," on which Rashi comments (with reference to the Sifrei
), "Be wholehearted with the Lord, your God: Conduct yourself with Him with simplicity and depend on Him, and do not inquire of the future; rather, accept whatever happens to you with [unadulterated] simplicity and then, you will be with Him and to His portion."
As he observed, "The King must be appointed by a prophet, as it taught in Sifrei
Parshat Shoftim 157:15, 'Place a King over you whom the Lord your God will select' (Deuteronomy 17:15).
As of this writing, close to two million Jewish children have participated in the writing of five Children's Sifrei
Torah, with a sixth underway, and those who wish to take part in this global mitzvah initiative may visit www.KidsTorah.org to register their child.
Gordon, Perush Sefer Melakhim (Tel Aviv: Hotza'at Sifrei
Galil, 1992) p.
Twelve or so are in an informal group called Stam Scribes; ("STaM" is a traditional abbreviation for Sifrei
[scrolls of] Torah, Tefillin, Mezuzot, and Megillot, the four major ritual texts scribes write), which puts together an annual sofrot conference.
Jerusalem: Ha-Va'ad le-Hotsa'at Sifrei
Legends of Wandering and Return (Jerusalem: Sifrei
Bitzaron, 2014), 94 pages, with artwork by Zev Labinger.
Thus Maimonides in the introduction to his Code counts forty generations backward from Rav Ashi, the traditional editor of the Babylonian Talmud, all the way to Moses, and concludes: "In the two Talmuds and the Tosefta, the Sifra and the Sifrei
(names of Midrashic compilations), in all these are explained the permitted and the forbidden, the clean and the unclean, the liabilities and lack of liability, the unfit and the fit, as handed down from person to person from the mouth of Moses our teacher at Sinai....
They held the sifrei
Torah and walked solemnly round the table.
(6) Avodah Zarah 6b; Baba Kama 113a-b; Gittin 61a-62a; Sifrei