Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Sefad's 500-Year-Old Torah Scroll

"Abuhav Synagogue's ancient Torah scroll dates back to 14th century, still fit for reading, unlike many ancient scrolls exhibited in museums.

Meir Karsenti, 80, a manager (gabbai) at the Abuhav Synagogue in Safed, was particularly excited last week as he geared up to take out what is thought to be the oldest Torah scroll in the world which can still actually be used.

'From research we conducted it appears the scroll was written in the 14th century by Isaac Aboab of Castile,' Karsenti said. 'A scribe examined the scroll two years ago and confirmed it was fit for reading. There are many ancient Torah scrolls in museums but they are banned for reading during prayers because of erased letters or words. This scroll can be read in a synagogue,' he said."

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