Saved from Munich and Michigan, a 400-year-old Torah scroll is brought back to life

28.10.2011                      30.Tischrei. 5772                       Rosch Chodesch

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Saved from Munich and Michigan, a 400-year-old Torah scroll is brought back to life

The 400-year-old Torah scroll could have ended in a basement in Michigan, or buried under Munich, or even licked by the flames of Kristallnacht, if not for the work of some.

As the Jews of Eshchar celebrated Simhat Torah earlier this month, one scroll, a gargantuan meter-long affair, made it's long awaited debut, being carefully unrolled on the bimah for ritual use for the first time in over 70 years.
The story of the 400-year-old Torah scroll could have ended in a basement in Michigan, or buried under Munich, or even licked by the flames of Kristallnacht, if not for the work of a number of people. Today it is one of the oldest specimens of its kind in use, thanks to the work of a number of Anglos, including the grandaughter of the man who brought it to America from Germany, where it sat in a Detroit basement for nearly half a century….