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Stolen Torah Copies Found

 

News Category: Cultural

 17 December 2005

 

 

A total of nine ancient copies of the Torah, the scripture of the Jews, which were stolen from Yazd’s Kamal Synagogue have been retrieved, reported ISNA.


The copies of the scripture date back to the Safavid reign (1499-1722) and were written in Hebrew on parchments.


The copies of the Torah are of historical significance and have been maintained at Kamal Synagogue for several years.


Head of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department in Yazd province noted that the rare copies of Torah were stolen between October 8 and 23.


However, the Office for Combating Economic Offenses managed to arrest the thieves.


Yazd’s Kamal Synagogue has many sections including rooms for keeping the Torah. These rooms are beautifully decorated and the synagogue belongs to Jews whose ancestry date back to the Safavid era.


The news of retrieving the stolen copies of the Torah has been made public while nothing was said about them being stolen.


Kamal Synagogue is registered as a national heritage site by Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization.

 

 

 

 

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