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In 2003, a new piece of liturgy was created to commemorate the Shoah and give Jews around the world a standard text to use each year on Yom Hashoah.This was contained in a small booklet called Megillat Hashoah and was published by the Conservative Rabbinical Assembly along with the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies. It presented a six-chapter account of the dark days of the Holocaust.
Liturgy is the customary public worship performed by a religious group. As a religious phenomenon, liturgy represents a communal response to and participation in the sacred through activity reflecting praise, thanksgiving, supplication or repentance. It forms a basis for establishing a relationship with a divine agency, as well as with other participants in the liturgy.
The Holocaust, also known as the Shoah, was a genocide in which Nazi Germany, aided by its collaborators, systematically murdered some six million European Jews—around two-thirds of the Jewish population of Europe—between 1941 and 1945, during World War II. Jews were targeted for extermination as part of a larger event during the Holocaust era, in which Germany and its collaborators persecuted and murdered other groups, including Slavs, the Roma, the "incurably sick", political and religious dissenters such as communists and Jehovah's Witnesses, and gay men. Taking into account all the victims of Nazi persecution, the death toll rises to up to 17 million.
Jews throughout the ages have recounted their own experiences during the Holocaust. Many of these stories were recorded using parchment and quills. Sofer STaM Marc Michaels was commissioned by the former Rabbi of Brighton Synagogue to turn these narratives into a kasher scroll that could be read by the community on Yom Hashoah.
A Sofer, Sopher, Sofer SeTaM, or Sofer ST"M is a Jewish scribe who can transcribe sifrei Torah, tefillin, and mezuzot, and other religious writings.
Drawing on previous scholarship and scribal traditions to create a visual Midrash that adds further depth and meaning to the text, the scroll has been turned into a tikkun - a copyists guide - explaining the journey of the booklet to scroll and detailing the rules so that scribes over the world may create scrolls. The book describes a fascinating journey on the creation of the first new tikkun in thousands of years and hopefully the establishment of a new minhag to help ensure that the Shoah is remembered for all generations
A tikkun or tiqqun is a book used by Jews to prepare for reading or writing a Torah scroll. There are two types of tikkun, a tikkun kor'im and a tikkun soferim.
The Tikkun Megillat Hashoah was written by Marc Michaels, Sofer STaM with the authorisation of the Rabbinic Assembly and the Schechter Institute. It contains the entire unpointed text of the Megillat Hashoah, including annotations and explanatory articles.