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I recently came across an advertorial on thelakewoodscoop.com regarding a Shul that is having a raffle where one can win a Sefer Torah. The first comment was:

"Is it just me or is using a Sefer Torah as a fundraiser a little disrespectful?"

Is a raffle disrespectful? Is doing a fundraiser, where funds are raised by selling lines, columns, Parshiyos appropriate? Basically, what may be done with the help of a Sefer Torah?

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I wonder if your query is too specific. The sort of general prosperity that could lead to this sort of raffle being possible is a relatively recent phenomenon. You may be more likely to find pertinent sources by asking something more general, like if there are sources about what kinds of exchanges for a S"T are considered disrespectful. – Isaac Moses Feb 18 '14 at 21:26
הלוקח ספר תורה מן השוק כחוטף מצוה מן השוק – Double AA Feb 18 '14 at 21:28
I wonder if this is any different from using the mitzvah of writing a sefer torah as a fundraiser, like when a community "sells" verses, columns, or parshiyot in a sefer torah that's being written for an amount in excess of the cost of producing that scroll. – Monica Cellio Feb 18 '14 at 23:16
I second Monica. This reminds me of the practice of a shul auctioning "ownership" of the sifrei torah to the highest bidder. In fact this is probably less problematic because those auctions a-take place on yom tov and b-don't transfer any rights of any sort to the purchaser – Yitzchak Feb 19 '14 at 3:13
Wouldn't this show respect for the Torah? Showing how much people want the Torah and what-not. – Y ez Feb 19 '14 at 18:51

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