Six Torah Scrolls Stolen from Tzfat Synagogue (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu 05/06/12)
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Chabad rabbis burst into tears on the Sabbath after discovering that
thieves stole six Torah scrolls from their 160-year-old Tzemach
Tzedek synagogue in the Old City area of Tzfat. A new Torah scroll is
worth approximately $60,000.
The thieves broke into the building on Friday night, and worshipers
discovered the theft when they arrived early in the morning on the
Sabbath to learn Torah before prayers, according to the Chabad online
website in Israel COL.org.
“When we saw the ark [where the Torah scrolls are kept] was broken
into, all of us burst into tears,” said Chabad Rabbi Gavriel
Marzel. “We were in total shock and could not believe that such a
thing could happen.”
The thieves also broke into closets where worshippers kept tefillin
and placed them in a pile, but for an unknown reason did not take
Tzfat Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu told Rabbi Marzel that there has
been a wave of thefts of Torah scrolls in Tzfat recently but that all
of them have been recovered.
Paul Caplan, a new immigrant from Phialdlephia, told Arutz Sheva that
he saw the doors of the ark had been ripped open when he arrived at
the synagogue on the Sabbath.
“The Lubavitcher Rebbe had a brother who lived in Tzfat, and his
Yahrzheit (anniversary of his death} was on this past Sabbath,”
Caplan said. One of the stolen scrolls was in memory of Rabbi Leib
Kaplan, who was a former Chabad emissary in Tzfat and whose Yahrzheit
is this week.
The Chabad site noted that police sent a non-Jewish officer to record
the initial complaint. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/06/12)
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