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Why are there white Torah covers during the High Holidays season?

Most of Synagogue Emanu-El's Torah scrolls have blue covers. However, during the High Holiday season (Rosh Hashanah through Simhat Torah), we switch the blue covers for white ones. Why?

The color white is closely associated with these holidays because it is understood to be a color of holiness and purity. The book of Isaiah teaches: "Even though your sins be like crimson, they can turn snow-white." At a time when we look to God and others to forgive us for our wrongdoing, seeing these white Torah scrolls helps to set an appropriate tone for High Holiday services. (This also is why service leaders on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur wear white robes known as kittels.)

We are fortunate to have so many Torah scrolls at our synagogue, generously gifted to us by numerous Emanu-El families. On Kol Nidre night, the scrolls are removed from the Ark for the opening of the service, and on Simhat Torah, we will dance with the scrolls to celebrate completing and re-starting a Torah-reading cycle. Won't you join us for these solemn and joyous moments? Click here for our High Holiday schedule!

"You are not obligated to finish the work; neither are you free to abstain from it." -Ethics of the Fathers 

Sun, April 21 2019 16 Nisan 5779