On Sunday, July 10, the Chabad Israeli Center of Atlanta celebrated an emotional occasion: the inauguration of a new Torah scroll.
The new Torah scroll dedication, held at 4276 Chamblee Dunwoody Road in Brookhaven, was in honor and memory of the late Ehud (Udi) Morgenstern A”H, who passed before his time.
The event was well attended by hundreds of Morgenstern’s friends, community members, rabbis and Chabad emissaries of Atlanta. His family flew to Atlanta from Israel to take part in this touching event.
The 613th and final mitzvah in the Torah relates that every Jew should write his own Sefer Torah. Our rabbis have taught that one can fulfill this mitzvah by dedicating a portion or even one letter in a Torah.
The event began with the community writing the last letters of the Torah scroll led by local Sofer Rabbi Ariel Asa. Once the Torah was completed, it was honored with a beautiful ceremony. Attendees gathered outdoors with the existing Torahs and danced to joyous music. The ceremony was followed by a Seudat Mitzvah, a full lavish buffet dinner in the Social Hall.
The Torah scroll was donated in memory of Morgenstern by his friends and loved ones three months after his death.