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Final Hebrew Letter Being Inscribed in New Torah by Ronald Rockman
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Today in Melbourne Australia a new Sefer Torah was dedicated to the memory of Minnie & Wolf Brown by their grandchildren. Approx 500 people attended the dedication.
My father and Minnie were first cousins, they came from a village in Poland called Lovitz between Lodz and Warsaw.
The family migrated to Australia in the 1920’s and 30’s and were fortunate to have left before World War Two broke out.
The family has grown and prospered in Australia and is now numerous.
I shot a series of images today both outside and and insde the Synagogue. June 14th 2009

Introduction of a new Sefer Torah into a synagogue is often accompanied by celebratory dancing, singing, and prayer. This is a very ancient celebration; in First Temple times, around 1000 BCE, the Bible comments that the priests, and even ancient Hebrew kings such as David, “danced before the ark” or “danced before the Lord”, both meaning they danced, celebrated and prayed (often in an ecstatic manner) before the Ark of the Covenant, where God’s word was held. It is a tremendous merit to write (or commission writing of) a Sefer Torah, and a significant honor to have a Sefer Torah written in one’s honor or memory.
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Published in Leica Fotographic Magazine and 3 times in Australian Traveller Magazine.

Finalist in the 2011 Australia Day Council of NSW “Living Australia” photographic competitions and have won many awards for my images.

A winner in the 2012 Australia Day Council of NSW “Living Australia” photographic competition.

An Australia Post Postage Stamp made of my winning photograph in 2012

Exhibited at The Maritime Museum in Sydney and The Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

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Comments

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture Rock!! :)

  • Big thanks Kevin for the comment.
    Rock

    – Ronald Rockman

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersabout 5 years ago

    This is very moving. I loved your description. xo

  • Taaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    – Ronald Rockman

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaabout 5 years ago

    excellent

  • Thanks Scott for taking a peek at my work.
    Cheers,
    Rock

    – Ronald Rockman

  • tkrosevear
    tkrosevearabout 5 years ago

    what a beautiful capture and history Rock ;) xoxox

  • Thanks Tammy it was an interesting day.
    Cheers,
    Rock

    – Ronald Rockman

  • Ilunia Felczer
    Ilunia Felczerabout 5 years ago

    It is the most wonderful feeling being part of the dedication of a SeferTorah. A great Mizvah…

  • We need as many Mizvahs as we can possibly get Ilunia.
    Toda Raba Motek
    Rock

    – Ronald Rockman

  • Ann Starzynski-McNeil
    Ann Starzynski...about 5 years ago

    Amazing story – I love the history behind the photograph, my relatives also migrated from Poland and one of my Uncles (not sure how many generations back) was at one time the Mayor of Poland and we have a book that was written and translated to English!

  • Wonderful Ann, so good to know your roots !
    Rock

    – Ronald Rockman

  • Ann Starzynski-McNeil
    Ann Starzynski...about 5 years ago

    Oh and to make even more of a connection my mother was raised Jewish!

  • Ah well I think my family on both sides go back to Abraham or at least Moses!!!
    Cheers,
    Rock

    – Ronald Rockman

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersabout 5 years ago

    I have no idea what Taaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa means but I see you know my friend Ilunia. She is a wonderful person and friend. xo

  • Taaaaaaaaaaaaaaa = thank you in the land of OZ

    – Ronald Rockman

  • Nira Dabush
    Nira Dabushabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful minute captured here, Rock.

  • Thanks Nira, it was so good to be there and witness it all.
    Rock

    – Ronald Rockman

  • catherine walker
    catherine walkerabout 5 years ago

    This looks Fabulous too.. I don’t know what it is but
    I love these photos of the traditional jewish peoples are they the hasidic jews ? ..well done ..good eye and lucky you were there to catch it !

  • Not Hasidik Catherine merely Orthodox Jewish as I am.
    I am about to upload some images of the true Hasidik Jews walking home after a sevice
    at their Synagogue which is not too far from where I live.
    Cheers,
    Rock

    – Ronald Rockman

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