B’nai Vail congregation restitches one of its Torahs in an ancient ritual

B’nai Vail congregation restitches one of its Torahs in an ancient ritual
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By Randy Wyrick

VAIL — God lasts, and God’s teachings are timeless, which explains why little has changed since the biblical days of Ezra (450 B.C.), considered the first Scribe.Given that perspective, it was moments ago when Rabbi Joel Newman, of the B’nai Vail congregation, was standing with pieces of a scroll in his hands after it broke apart as he unrolled a Torah for a Vail mountaintop service last summer.Newman gently grasped the Torah’s wooden handles and raised them, a ritual performed since temple times, so the congregation to see the scroll before God’s Rocky Mountain sky.Rabbis have been unrolling and rolling …

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