The practice of hagbah, of hoisting the Torah high in the air for everyone to see, has rich symbolism. It symbolises our faith in, and acceptance of, every aspect of the Torah. But it also symbolises our duty to promote Torah in the world; not just observing Torah ourselves, but encouraging and empowering others to keep it. The most powerful way we do this is through our own example; by being a living example of the refinement and decency and integrity that accompanies a Torah life, we ensure others hold Torah in a similarly high regard.

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