Holocaust survivors remembers parents with Torah
CHICAGO (AP) — An 88-year-old Holocaust survivor is honoring her parents and those of her late husband by giving a $40,000 handwritten Torah she commissioned to a Skokie synagogue.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported (http://tinyurl.com/ltedlzk ) Sunday that Marge Fettman was 17 when she was separated from family members at the Auschwitz Nazi death camp. They died but she was spared.
The Torah, traditionally a handwritten scroll of the five Old Testament books of Moses, is the sacred Jewish text. Fettman’s donation was dedicated Sunday at Lubavitch Chabad (loo-BAH’-vich huh-BHAD’) of Skokie synagogue.
Rabbi Yochanan Posner (YOHK-huh-nan POHZ’-ner) says creating a traditional Torah is precise and laborious. A trained scribe can spend a year, full-time, perfectly crafting its 300,000 letters.
Fettman thanks God for giving her the idea and wants the Torah used for teaching.
Information from: Chicago Sun-Times, http://www.suntimes.com/index