Century-old Torah scroll being restored in hospital

2015-11-23 18:32
An Italian expert in Hebrew manuscripts says he has found the oldest known complete Torah scroll, a sheepskin document dating from 1155-1225. (Alma Mater Studiorum Universita' di Bologna, AP)

An Italian expert in Hebrew manuscripts says he has found the oldest known complete Torah scroll, a sheepskin document dating from 1155-1225. (Alma Mater Studiorum Universita' di Bologna, AP)

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New York - A damaged 19th century Torah scroll rescued from the Nazis is being restored at a New York City hospital.

The Daily News says the scroll is being carefully restored at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx for eventual use in services for its Jewish patients.

The scroll dates to 1880 and the restoration is part of a decades-long effort to repair nearly 1,600 sacred Torahs damaged after German forces seized artifacts from Jewish communities during World War II.

The scroll is being worked on by a rabbinical restoration team that is fixing creases, tears and holes. The team is also re-inking words and letters originally written with a quill feather. They're trying to bring it up to "kosher" status.

A Calvary spokesperson says the restoration could cost $100 000.


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