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Is there a best practice for transporting a Torah scroll from one building, or one city, to another?

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There is alot on this topic. Some say 10 people should accompany the Torah. Also it is customary to cover it with a tallis. The Torah should not pass by dirty areas. For more of a comprehensive idea see here.

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@Michael: This would be a better answer if you summarized the main pints in the article you linked. –  Bruce James Mar 7 '13 at 10:16
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I would summarize the procedure as "treat the Sefer Torah with honour". At least two people accompanying the Sefer, covered as as far as possible, don't go anywhere dirty or unpleasant. I had to take a Sefer for correction when I was a student. There were two of us, we took the train and then a taxi (students didn't have cars then). Obviously if it is raining there is the need to protect the Sefer from damage as well. A large plastic bag would come in handy but then there should be another cover (cloth, tallit etc.) as an honourable covering.

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Can you source any of this answer? –  msh210 Mar 5 '13 at 6:21
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@msh210 No. This is personal experience while at university with no Rav to ask directly and a need to get the community's Sefer Torah to a Sofer Sta"m ASAP. –  Epicentre Mar 6 '13 at 5:45
    
@Epicentre: What about covering it with a tallis? –  Bruce James Mar 6 '13 at 22:41
    
@BruceJames Not necessarily appropriate for a long journey outside Israel, but certainly can be used. –  Epicentre Mar 7 '13 at 5:52
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