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Holocaust-era Torah Scroll Gets New Home in Utah

Tamar Runyan –

Columns from a Holocaust-era Torah scroll in the possession of a Utah antique dealer now grace the wall of a Salt Lake City Chabad House. The Jewish center recently restored the scroll after a congregant found it in his friendís store.

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — After a year of restoration, a Torah scroll that survived the Holocaust will be welcomed to its new home this week by Chabad-Lubavitch of Utah.

According to Rabbi Benny Zippel, co-director of the Salt Lake City-based Chabad House, the scroll was discovered by Mormon antique dealer Brent Ashworth who then called a Jewish friend to come take a look at the find.

Upon his arrival at the Provo, Utah, store, Dr. Alvin Segelman first noticed that a section of the Torah had been cut out and inadvertently framed upside down.

“We Jewish people don’t like seeing things like this displayed in public,” Segelman said he told Ashworth. “After all, it’s a holy document.”

Zippel later found that all of books of Genesis and Deuteronomy, as well as parts of the books of Exodus and Numbers were missing. Only the book of Leviticus survived intact. The rabbi bought the Torah scroll and the framed section, and sent the items to Rabbi Moshe Klein, a scribe in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, N.Y.

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