LOS ANGELES — On Shavuot, we celebrate the revelation of the Torah by reading from it. But first we need to find the place.
How do we find our place in the Torah?
Newbies to the ways of a Torah scroll will soon realize that unlike the mass-produced technological marvels that bring order and wonder into their lives, this handmade inspiration comes without an operating manual.
I discovered this the first time I tried to find my place amid the perfect columns of scribed, unvoweled Hebrew.
It seemed like a phone book without page numbers in a foreign language.