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Posted: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 11:45 pm

FORT HOOD — Rabbi Kevin Hale, a Jewish scribe from Northampton, Mass., visited the post Tuesday to examine a Torah scroll at the Spirit of Fort Hood Chapel.

While the scrolls are meant to last for hundreds of years, Hale estimated the scroll congregations use regularly in Jewish services at Fort Hood is about 30 years old.

Hale said the scroll, which is composed of the five books of Moses in its original Hebrew, is comprised of 50 to 60 pieces of parchment sewn together and made from the skin of Kosher animals.

“Every Jewish community has at least one Torah scroll. Of the 304,805 letters, we need to know that they’re all there and accounted for and correct; otherwise, the Torah wouldn’t be Kosher, which just means proper or fit for use,” Hale said. “I’ll roll through and if I see any places where there’s sewing that needs to be repaired or letters that need to be rewritten, I’ll be doing that.”

Read more about this story in the May 7 edition of the Fort Hood Herald.

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