A sefer Torah estimated to be 150 years old has found its way from the ruins of a bais knesses in Romania to Yerushalayim, where it was received on Sunday by the Israeli Foreign Ministry, Arutz Sheva reported.
The welcoming ceremony was attended by Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) and senior officials from both the Religious Services and Foreign Ministries, and representatives from Romania’s Jewish community.
The sefer Torah, which was rescued from under the ruins of a Bucharest synagogue destroyed in World War II, was carefully examined and found to be of the highest quality according to halachah.
One of the last remnants of a Jewish community decimated by the Holocaust, it was brought to Israel by the Menorah Foundation, and Israel’s Religious Services Ministry granted it to the Foreign Ministry.
Rabbi Lau said, “This Torah scroll is our identity card, and we are bringing it home. We are happy, and we are announcing, ‘This is our identity card, this is the core of our being.’ We are hugging this Torah scroll in our homeland.”