Thursday, June 12, 2014

Another New Torah

As I mentioned previously here, A Torah scroll doesn't become kosher until the last few letters are added and appropriate rituals are observed. Yesterday I was invited to the last remaining Yeshiva on Manhattan's Lower East Side, Mesivtha Tifereth Jerusalem, for the finishing of a new torah. This time, however, the installation took place at the same time so I had the opportunity to photograph the ceremony and festivities attendant to it.

I shot over 600 exposures with both the X-T1, with the 10-24mm lens, and the X-Pro1, with the 18-55 lens. Lots of editing and processing work to do. Just for starters here's some images I processed in Lightroom and Nik Silver Efex Pro 2. I have many more images to process, more to come.

The Torah scribe, referred to a Sofer:




With Rabbi David Feinstein, the head of the Yeshiva and a highly renown Talmud scholar:



With Rabbi Shmuel Spiegel, whose help has been invaluable in continuing the project which I began over twenty years ago with his father, Rabbi Jacob Spiegel:



The golden crown and breastplate of the Torah:



Children of the Yeshiva watching the sofer write in the final letters:




Cantor Joseph Malovaney:



Dancing with the new Torah scrolls: