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Madison synagogue acquires Torah written by woman

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Jewish synagogue in Madison is acquiring a Torah that has some special significance -- it's one of only 12 Torahs worldwide that's written by a woman.

The Shaarei Shamayim congregation commissioned the Torah for its 25th anniversary celebration this weekend.

Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman told WKOW-TV that few women are trained to write the holy book.

Zimmerman says it was a labor of love for Swedish scribe Yonah Lavery-Yisraeli. She'll arrive in Madison Friday and complete the final seven letters of the book in front of the congregation this weekend.

Zimmerman says it took Lavery-Yisraeli two years to write the Torah's words. There was a fear she might not finish it, but Zimmerman says that was a risk the congregation was willing to take to break gender boundaries.

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