Many of you may not have seen Benyomin's recent comment about selling Sifrei Torah to Reform. The general halachic consensus on this issue is that it is ossur, (although there may be exceptions, it would certainly need to be approved by a Rav and with great consideration). Yet here is Benyomins (highly disturbing) post, for those who may have missed it:
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Thanks for your comments. Despite it being ussur to sell a Sefer Torah to Karoim, I believe it may be the exception rather than the rule that sofrim refuse to sell a kosher Torah to Reform shuls.
To better support my hunch I did a quick bit of research over the weekend to try to get a sense of what the current practice on this subject is among sofrim/STAM dealers in the US and Israel with websites. So, I sent an email to sixteen such sites asking for more information about starting a Torah writing campaign.
In my fictitious request, I clearly stated I was representing a diverse, egalitarian Reform Temple in California, and that although not Torah observant, the congregation had decided it would be a better investment to buy a new scroll rather than one that had been restored. I then stated that due to a number of generous benefactors I had a budget of about $45,000 to include rollers, ornaments and a siyyum ceremony at the shul.
I sent the message early Sunday morning, by evening I had eleven positive responses. One even referred me to a testimonials page on his site with positive feedback from over twenty Reform temples that have used his services to procure kosher Sifrei Torah. I received two more positive responses today, bringing the total to thirteen. Only three of the sites I contacted failed to respond, and none of them, so far, have refused to sell me a kosher Torah.
I'd have to have included a much larger number of scribes and dealers to get a truly accurate picture of the situation. However, from this quick survey I conclude that despite it being usser, for many sofrim the prospect of landing a commission for a new Sefer Torah simply represents too much guaranteed income to pass up whatever the religious differences of the customer.
The big question here, is, assuming these vendors are Orthodox and probably Heimishe (as the vast majority of Stam vendors are), are they acting out of ignorance or greed?
While this forum is not supposed to be in any way antagonistic towards other sofrim or sochrim, and certainly if Benyomin had posted names I would have removed them immidiately, nevertheless I think this is a big eye opener and definitely worth bringing to everyones attention.
If halacha points in one direction, why are the vast majority of torah observant vendors doing the opposite?
Again, this is not to G-d forbid judge or rebuke anyone, just to bring attention to what probably needs to be addressed by the proper authorities.
If anyone has any insights or personal experiences on this matter it would be appreciated if you could post them.