Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enter the raffle?

It’s simple! Click here, choose how many tickets you want, fill in the details, and you will be entered into the raffle.

When will the raffle take place?

The raffle will take place, b’ezras Hashem, on כ"ד תשרי תשפ"ה, right after שמחת תורה, at the office of A. Shkibutzky CPA, on Rechov Yerushalayim in Bnei Brak. Once we select the winning ticket, we will email the winning ticket number to all ticket purchasers along with a video of the raffle. We will also call the winner by phone to deliver the great news! Note: You do not have to sit by the phone all day… We will contact you, send you an email, and will hold onto your ticket until we reach you.

Is one allowed to use “ma’aser money” to buy a raffle ticket for The Grand Sefer Torah Experience?

Yes, absolutely. We asked Rabbi Moshe Shaul Klein, Shlita, this question. P’sak Halacha: One may buy a raffle ticket with ma’aser money because the money is used to build shuls and other Torah-related institutions. You can watch a clip of Rabbi Moshe Shaul Klein saying so.

What does the prize include?

The prize includes:
1. A beautiful Sefer Torah, written on hand-picked Klaf by a certified Sofer who is a Yarei Shamayim.
2. The winner will receive round trip tickets to Eretz Yisrael, where they will visit holy sites and witness the writing of their Sefer Torah alongside Gedolei Yisrael who will partake in the writing of the Torah as well.
3. A grand, public Hachnosas Sefer Torah with singing and dancing from the location of the winner’s choosing.

In which k’sav will the Sefer Torah be? Can I choose the k’sav I want?

Certainly! We are prepared for different customs. It will be possible to choose the k’sav for writing the Torah from one of the following three options – Beis Yosef, Ari, or Sephardi.

Who will be the sofer who will write the Sefer Torah, and will I be able to choose the sofer?

We will let the winner know who the sofer is; however, one will not be able to personally pick the sofer. The sofer will be a yarei Shamayim, have nice k’sav, and be a certified from an organization that grants such certifications.

How will I receive my raffle tickets?

Immediately after filling in the form, you will receive a PDF file including your raffle details and a ticket number. All you need to do is wait and pray for the big win.

When will I receive the Sefer Torah? Can I choose where to give the Sefer Torah?

The Torah scroll will be delivered to the winner, b’ezras Hashem, within one year from the date of winning. The winner will be able to choose where to give the Sefer Torah.

I did not receive my tickets; how can I get them?

99% of the people who did not receive their tickets found them in their spam/junk folder. Please search there – especially under the “all mailboxes” option. If for some reason they are still not there, send us an email and we will be happy to send them again. Send your email to [email protected] and we will make sure to resend the tickets to you.

Can I pay with cash?

Yes. Although the preferred, safest, and fastest payment method is directly on the site. If you still prefer to pay in cash, please contact us and we will be happy to help.

I would rather pay directly on the site. Is the site secure?

Payment directly on our site is the preferred option. We have taken the most advanced security measures to ensure your information is perfectly safe. Our system uses the latest technology for online payments, and we meet all the required and existing security standards.

Is the purchase of a raffle ticket tax deductible?

American Friends Of Emanuel Inc was founded in 2017 and is IRS approved as a 501c3. Our tax number is 83-0695845 . Regular donations to American Friends Of Emanuel are tax deductible in the USA but, according to the IRS, raffle tickets do not qualify for a deduction and are therefore not tax deductible.

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