Why was the website- The Torah Book In Every House- constructed?
In order to join between every Torah book in the world and a Jew, and to convince every adult Jewish person to keep a Torah book in their home.
Why is it so important?
It is a divine decree appearing in the Torah- Deuteronomy 31:19: “Now write down this song”
Meaning- to command everyone in Israel to write a Torah, which includes the Song of Moses, for themselves.
In the Sanhedrin- Gemara page 21, 72- and all who follow this Mitzvah if he wrote it, Scripture considers him as if he received it from Mount Sinai.
Gemara- Menachs 30a- Said Rav Gidel, who said in the name or Rav: One who buys a Torah scroll from the market is like one who grabs a mitzvah from the market.
If he wrote it, Scripture considers him as if he received it from Mount Sinai. Rav Sheishess said: if he bought a Torah scroll and corrected even one letter in it, it is considered as if he wrote (the scroll).
The book of education- 613 commandment / Sefer HaChinukh Mitzvah 613 – For everyone to write a torah scroll for himself.
From the roots of the Mitzvah: (as is known with man, who always does as they are able)
…Therefore, the Lord decreed that each and every man of Israel have a sefer Torah at hand from which he can always study…. (so that he doesn’t need to go to his friend’s house, so that he studies and praises the Lord, and learn His Mitzvot that are dear and more valuable than gold. And we were told, every one of the Children on Israel, to make this an effort, so that the books among us be plenty and we can lend them to those who cannot afford to buy them.)
…If he wrote it with his own hand, it is praiseworthy and very dear. One who is unable to write with his own hand must pay someone to write it for him.
…”Now write for yourselves this poem and teach it to the Children of Israel”.
If it is so important, why doesn’t everyone aspire to it?
An important question that’s difficult to answer, and since we on this website only defend the people of Israel,
And Israel and its generations should be defended when possible. We will suffice in strengthening this deed at the moment.
Most of the Torah books that are written are handed to synagogues and yeshivas immediately upon their completion, rather than stay in the hands pf their writers. Why is that?
You are right, that is the current custom, and the reason for the institution of this website, to uplift the spirit of the book’s writer,
And to convince them that the inner source of the intention of the writing is that they keep possession of the book to read and study it, and though it to stick with the Creator.
What way have you chosen to achieve your goal?
Any initiative that serves this purpose is welcomed.
As a first step we will gather in this website the details of the generous book owners who understand the importance of this matter,
And who are interested in lending out their books to deserving people who are interested
In having a Torah book in their house, so that they can read and study it judiciously. They too will appear on the website, and we will help join between them.
Is this all you can do for a matter of this great importance?
At this point, yes, but down the road we hope that this new wind will be accepted in Israel and around the world,
and that synagogue managers of every community will arise and step up to encourage and make certain that every book will have a Jewish soul living and learning through it.
In this manner, we will be able to enlarge, improve and make the website more efficient for everyone, every community, and every synagogue manager, with the help of your donations.
Against the requirement that each should write their own Torah book stands the prohibition to sell a Torah book. What is your opinion in this matter?
As stated everywhere, the website does not make Halacha rulings. Everyone should consult their rabbis, obtain their guiding, and act accordingly.
However, it should be stated that there are was which combine between the requirements of the Halacha and the purpose of this website-
That there won’t be a Torah book without a Jewish person physically connected to it. The easy way is by lending the Torah book.
The more complex way which requires added caution is proofing,
Or the correction and completion of letters in the Torah book, as well as replacing the jacket or the housing,
And through which the performance of this kind of “adoption” of the existing book from its previous owners by its new owners, all in mutual agreement and in the name of God.