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Dr. Richard Cuenca’s Friday Letter: Our Sefer Torah Campaign

Dear Posnack School Community,

Our Sefer Torah Campaign is one of the most significant endeavors our school has ever launched, and we invite the entire community to participate in this incredible opportunity.

All of us teach our children about the importance of tzedakah. It represents a concept deeply rooted in our Jewish values.  Tzedakah literally means justice or righteousness. Our sages teach us that the mitzvah of tzedakah fulfills a value within each of us to look beyond our own needs and help others.

It is with this in mind, that I invite all of you to join me in the mitzvah of ensuring a thriving quality Jewish education is always available for our children at Posnack School. This year, each of us not only has the opportunity to participate in the mitzvah of tzedakah, but also has the unique opportunity to fulfill the mitzvah of writing a Sefer Torah.

Thanks to the incredible commitment of two special families in our community, our school has hired a scribe to write by hand the 304,805 letters for our own Torah scroll. This act of generosity towards a mitzvah so important to our school’s very existence reinforces the connection we as Jews have to G-d.

The Torah teaches us it is an obligation for every Jew to write a Torah scroll. We are also taught that if even one letter in the Torah is formed incorrectly, then the entire Torah needs to be redone. To satisfy the obligation of writing our own Torah and ensuring the process is carried our correctly, we recently commissioned a scribe to write a Torah for our school.

To bring our entire school community into this process, over the coming months a scribe will be visiting with all grades throughout our school to share in the joy of writing a Sefer Torah.  The process of writing a scroll by hand, the ink and parchment used, and the calligraphy chosen will all be discussed with our students. There will also be parent sessions offered with the scribe. Together, we will celebrate this mitzvah as a school community. The culmination of our school receiving this Sefer Torah will take place just before the coming high holidays (beginning of next school year). It will be a grand celebration as together (students and parents) dance with the arrival of our very own new Sefer Torah.

I invite all of our families to join with us to make a meaningful gift that will last a lifetime.  There is the opportunity to buy a letter, any of the 54 weekly Torah portions, the first or last word of the Torah, or ornamental dedications. It is truly a special opportunity to support Jewish education and participate in a wonderful and meaningful mitzvah.
I welcome you to go to our school website at posnackschool.org and click on the giving tab. If you prefer, you can also call Karina Butensky at 954-583-6100 ext. 237.

I thank all of our Posnack School families who have already pledged their support for our Sefer Torah Campaign. Each of you has helped form the foundation from which our school can continue to achieve new heights.  For those who have not yet contributed to our Sefer Torah Campaign, we look forward to your support.

Thank you.

Shabbat Shalom,

Dr. Richard Cuenca
Head of School