Section: Halacha   Category: Tshuvos
Sridei Eish: State Parade - Can a Sefer Torah March at a Parade?

Certainly l'Chatchilah it is prohibited to take out a Sefer Torah for any purpose other than for reading from it. However if there is a state parade and it would be an insult to the government if they refuse to bring the Sefer Torah to the parade the Sridei Eish (YD 79) paskens that it is permitted. He reasons that since for the purpose of displaying honor to the King it is permitted to take out the Sefer Torah, therefore a state parade is no different and it is permitted.

However if possible a Sefer Torah that is Pasul should be used, and it would be even better if the Sefer Torah is Pasul in such a way that it could never be fixed. Even though a Sefer Torah that is Pasul also has the Kedushah of a Sefer Torah, however the prohibition of taking out the Sefer Torah is not as stringent with regards to a Sefer Torah that is Pasul.

Important Note: We try to convey the Tshuva to the best of our ability. We admit that our understanding may not be accurate. Please also understand that this Tshuva may not be the final word on this topic. One should consult a Rav before drawing any conclusions.