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Published on May 15th, 2015 | by WMJledger

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A Sacred Trek

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Congregant Ellen Levitt carries a colorful Torah along the Torah Trek.

WORCESTER – On Sunday, May 3 more than 300 congregants from Temple Emanuel Sinai took turns carrying their Torahs and Haftarah scrolls along the tree-lined roads of Worcester as part of the congregation’s Torah Trek. They travelled two miles from the May Street building that once housed Temple Emanuel to Salisbury Street where Temple Sinai used to be located and which is now the home of Temple Emanuel Sinai. At the end of the Trek, the former Temple Sinai was deconsecrated, a mezzuzah was affixed to the threshold, and the congregants entered the sanctuary for the reconsecration of Temple Emanuel Sinai.

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Torah Trekker Ora Lin carrying a Haftarah Scroll.

“Judaism is all about physical rituals that mark holy moments,” Rabbi Valerie Cohen told The Ledger last week. “This is the physical ritual we need to mark the holy moment of our coming together in one sacred space.”


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