Temple Rodef Shalom has several honors that are available to be given out to family and friends at your simcha. Those that revolve around the Torah service are mentioned here. If you have any questions, please contact Julie Kaplan at JKaplan@templerodefshalom.org (703-532-2217 x 313)
Prior to removing the Torah from the Ark, all grandparents, Jewish and non-Jewish, will be called up to the bimah, where they will stand with you and your child as they symbolically take part in the passing of the Torah from generation to generation. The grandparent(s) are honored at this time in the service, as they themselves have had a special role in their grandchild’s growth.
The Torah is placed into the arms of one parent, who then places the Torah into the arms of your child. The other parent then offers an English reading that the clergy will give you at the final rehearsal. If one of the parents is not Jewish, that parent will deliver the reading while the Jewish parent passes the Torah.
If there are no grandparents at the service, the family may request from the clergy that one other family member stand in for the grandparent’s generation. Likewise, if there is only one parent, the family may request from the clergy that one other family member recite the prayer at the moment of passing the Torah.
A maximum of two people may come up to the bimah to recite the Torah blessings before and after your child reads the first and second aliyot (Hebrew paragraphs). A total of 4 people may be given aliyah honors. One of these two people for each set must be Jewish.
The Jewish honoree completes the mitzvah by reciting the blessing before and after the Torah reading. The blessing may be chanted or read. A non-Jewish honoree will accompany the Jewish honoree and stand next to them during the blessings.
Anyone who is invited to participate in this ritual must be over the age of Bar or Bat Mitzvah (13 and above).
Our website has a recording, a how-to video and a downloadable blessing sheet to help learn the proper Hebrew and show how this ritual is performed.
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