Time-share program puts sacred Torah in Jews' homes

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September 13, 2007 06:01

 
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They call it a torah time-share. Most Jews see the torah only in their synagogue, and have rarely held the holy scroll. But the Temple Israel reform syngagogue in Miami is taking the unprecedented step of allowing its members to host Judaism's sacred text in their homes in exchange for a donation. For a one-time gift of $1,800 (?1,300), donors can sponsor a section of the scroll. Each year, during the week before that section is read at Shabbat services, donors can keep the torah in their homes - visits that have prompted families to host scripture studies, parades and dinner parties.

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