Today's New York Times has a beautiful story about an old, forgotten Sefer Torah that has found a new home. The Torah had been buried by the shamash (sexton) of a shul in Auschwitz, Germany in order to keep it out of the hands of the Nazis. A determined Rabbi from Maryland found the Torah in 2004 and even located 4 missing pieces, which were being held by a local priest who had been born Jewish. The repaired Torah was rededicated today at the Central Synagogue in Manhattan in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day.
It's a very moving story, I recommend reading it.
UPDATE: I see that Dov Bear has also posted about this story, but he (or his commenters) are decrying the fact that the Central Synagogue is a Reform shul, and expressing the opinion that it would have been better for the Torah to remain buried forever than to allow it to be used in a Reform congregation. I am Orthodox, and I do not agree with the tenets and practices of Reform Judaism. Nevertheless, I am glad that this Torah will now be used again by a Jewish congregation (of whatever type) to perform mitzvot.
more observations from the USA (Chicago day 3) - more observations from the USA (Chicago): * the Jewish community has grown tremendously. I can tell based on the tremendous increase in the number of shuls ...
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