AllTorahscrolls.com will not consider a repair or
restoration of a used Torah without actually seeing the
Torah and examining the Torah from beginning to end.
This will either require that the Torah be shipped to
our facility in Staten Island, New York, or that a visit
be arranged for Yitzchak Winer to examine, determine the
work which is necessary and present you with an estimate
for that work.
The goal of a complete restoration is to restore the
Torah, to the extent possible, to its original
condition. In most cases, the Sofer will clean the
parchment, sharpen, fix and rewrite broken letters,
re-sew loose sections, and preserve the Torah so that it
is fully compliant with strict standards of Jewish law.
It may also be possible to achieve Halachic integrity
just by doing a partial repair or restoration. This can
be determined upon evaluating the complete scroll. Costs
for full or partial restoration can range from hundreds
of dollars to much more, depending on the time involved
and the condition of the Torah. Of course, simple
cleaning, sewing and fixing of letters costs less.
If the restoration work is limited in scope, we are
available to travel to the synagogue and perform the
work on the premises. This can be used as an interactive
and educational tool for the laity, the Hebrew School,
and the administration. There may be an additional fee
for special educational and interactive workshops, in
addition to the repair of the scroll.
AllTorahscrolls.com is also a complete source for new
Torah rollers and accessories, which may be needed.
Etzei Chaim often break or crack and may need to be
Tips for Torah Maintenance:
- The Holy Ark which houses the Torah must be free
of all moisture. Arks are often built into exterior
walls, which cause moisture from the outside to
penetrate into the Aron Kodesh. A simple coat of
sealant or waterproof paint will rectify this problem.
- There should be adequate ventilation in the Aron
Kodesh to prevent mold from growing on the Torah.
- Torahs should not be transported or taken outside,
if it is raining or if it is excessively humid.
- The Baal Koreh -- or Torah reader -- must be
careful not to touch the letters with the Yad or
pointer, so as not to scrape the parchment or damage
- When rolling or tying the Torah, it is important
to make sure that the edges of the scroll are not
protruding below the rollers, which can cause the
parchment to tear. One should not roll the Torah too
tightly, as this can cause the letters to rub against
each other and possibly crack.
- It is important to make sure that a Sefer Torah is
exposed to air. It is a healthy practice to completely
roll a Torah from one end to the other periodically,
to help prevent the letters from cracking.
In short, a Torah is Holy and should be treated, in
a sense, like a precious human being. Guard it,
protect it and cherish it.