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A year's work

A Torah done; a landmark noted

Jewish holy scroll is a loving, painstaking effort

Rabbi Moshe Klein finished the last letters of the Saratoga Chabad House's new Torah on Sunday.
Photographer: John Enger
Rabbi Moshe Klein finished the last letters of the Saratoga Chabad House's new Torah on Sunday.
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Rabbi Moshe Klein’s wiry, exacting hands scratched the last of 304,805 Hebrew characters in black ink on vellum Sunday afternoon, completing the Saratoga Chabad House’s newest Torah, and a year of painstaking labor. It was a big day for Klein. For a full 12 months he worked eight hours a day free-handing the perfect flourish of each letter of Jewish tradition and testament, down to the last commandment, across 64 yards of carefully prepared animal ...


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