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


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
  • If you get around to summarizing the main points of the article you linked (about moving a Sefer Torah) I'll upvote your post. – Willem Feb 28 at 21:34

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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