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Women's Torah Project


The Women's Torah was finished in Seattle, Washington on October 15, 2010, with the help of many hands, hearts, and spirits. It is not only the first Torah written and embellished by an international community of women, it is the first Torah literally sewn together in community. Dozens of people had the opportunity to fill in letters, sew the parchment panels together, and tie the scroll to the rollers. Many others watched or helped the six scribes put the 62 panels in order, under the exultant wings of Shekinah.

The Torah Completed by Women

Together we worked,
Embellished it all,
Together, we wove, many pieces;

Together we joined,
The parchment -- each line,
Accurately, singing its praises;

That moment in time,
His-tory was changed,
By her work, which was honored and cherished;

To set a new stride,
Carried forward by one,
Whose insight was never daunting;

That beautiful sight,
Not fathomed before,
Was ordered by deep emotion;

And witnessed by many,
Like on Mt. Sinai,
Proclaimed -- by the spirit, there, present;

A dream that was high,
We knew its dear meaning,
Much more, than just fulfilling;

With love and affection;
The pinnacle reached:
The contract with G-d -- Unbroken!

So let it be told --
In words very Bold --
The Torah -- Completed -- by Women!

by I. Penn, Oct. 2010
Sisters of the Torah Siyyum Oct 13 17, 2010
Seattle, Washington, USA

Read and see more about the WTP and the siyyum

American Public Media's The Story, Dec 2 (last four minutes of the program)

Women's Torah Video, by Sasha Perry

Rare new Torah made by women debuts Saturday in Seattle, Seattle Times, Oct 15

Creating the first Torah scribed by women, Seattle Time Video, Oct 14

The Women's Torah Project, Seattle Times Photo Gallery, Oct 14

Women Who Write Torah, The Forward, Nov 10

First known Torah written by women to debut in Seattle, King 5,Oct 15

Female scribes finish writing Torah scroll, Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA), Oct 15

The first Torah commissioned to be scribed entirely by women is read in Seattle, Jewish Women's Archive: This Week in History, Oct 16

CJM's resident scribe takes part in group Torah project in Seattle, JWeekly.com, Oct 21

An Island woman sews a historic mantle for a holy book, Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber, Oct 26

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