Updated Times to Kiss Rebbe’s Torah

There will be designated times for men, women and children to kiss the Rebbe’s Sefer Torah on Shemini Atzeres and Simchas Torah. Update: Men will be able to kiss the Torah during hakafos as well.

There will be designated times for men, women and children to kiss the Rebbe‘s Sefer Torah on Shemini Atzeres and Simchas Torah.

The unique Sefer Torah, which the Rebbe used for hakafos and throughout the year, belonged to the Schapiro brothers, chassidic printers in the town of Slavita. They were falsely accused of murder and arrested by the czarist police in 1839. After being forced to run the gauntlet, they were held first in prison and later under house arrest for 17 years. While they were detained, this was the Torah they used. The Rebbe received the Torah in 1954, and treasured it, and it became known as “The Rebbe’s Sefer Torah”.

The designated times to kiss the Rebbe’s Sefer Torah:

Men:
Leil Shmini Atzeres:
After Hakafos (approx 11:30pm)
Leil Simchas Torah:
After Hakafos (approx 1:30am)
Line will be through 770 Sukkah.

Update: Men will be able to kiss the Rebbe’s Torah during hakafos as well, as in previous years.

Women, children and handicapped:
Shmini Atzeres Day:
3:30pm-7:15pm
Kingston Avenue Women’s shul.
Line starts on Union Street.

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