הכנסת ספר תורה Inauguration of a Torah scroll

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הכנסת ספר תורהIntroduction of a new Sefer Torah into a synagogue is done in a ceremony known as Hachnasat Sefer Torah (Hebrew: הכנסת ספר תורה‎, lit., ushering in the Torah scroll), which is often accompanied by celebratory dancing, singing, and a festive meal. This is a very ancient celebration; in First Temple times, around 1000 BCE, the Bible comments that the priests, and even ancient Hebrew kings such as David, "danced before the ark" or "danced before the Lord", both meaning they danced, celebrated and prayed (often in an ecstatic manner) before the Ark of the Covenant, where God's word was held. It is a tremendous merit to write (or commission writing of) a Sefer Torah, and a significant honor to have a Sefer Torah written in one's honor or memory.

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