The eighth Torah of Israel's Children was dedicated Tuesday in a ceremony at the Western Wall. The dedication was held with the participation of rabbis and community members and thousands who came to be part of the celebration of the new Torah scroll.
The ceremony included circles of dancing led by thousands of Chabad Hasidim and their children. Celebrants from various backgrounds and communities joined them as they sang and danced in honor of the Torah. At the peak of the event, thousands prayed for the unity of the Jewish people.
The initiative to write the Torah Scroll of Israel's Children was established by the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Each child "acquires" a letter in the Torah scroll through a symbolic contribution from his or her parents from all corners of the globe. Thus, hundreds of thousands of Jewish children actively participate in this project, aiming to unite all the children of the Jewish nation from around the world and strengthen their connection to the Torah. The Rebbe expressed his desire for this Torah scroll celebration to take place at the Western Wall.
"From then until today, eight scrolls have already been written, uniting more than two million Jewish children from all over the world," says Rabbi Shmuel Greizman, who manages the registration system.
The ceremony was attended by an estimated 10,000 participants who came to the Western Wall plaza.