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Damaged Torahs Found in Iraq Buried in New York

By: JTA

Damaged Torah scrolls found by U.S. troops in Iraq’s intelligence headquarters were buried in a cemetery in New York on Sunday, according to Jewish law for disposing of unusable religious objects and texts.

More than 100 people, including Lukman Faily, the Iraqi ambassador to the U.S., attended the ceremony at the New Montefiore Cemetery in West Babylon, Long Island. “This is a statement by the government and people of Iraq that we are here to respect the heritage of the Jews,” Faily said.

Thousands of Jewish ritual items were discovered by U.S. troops in 2003, after the U.S. ouster of Saddam Hussein. U.S. troops found the items in the waterlogged basement of Iraq’s intelligence headquarters, and they were shipped to the National Archives, where experts set about restoring them.

An exhibit there on display through Jan. 5, is the first opportunity to see them.

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2 Responses to “Damaged Torahs Found in Iraq Buried in New York”

  1. Yechiel Baum says:

    As to the good stuff, let the Iraqi ambassador sign over the release and keep it here and in Israel. The Iraqis don't need it since they expelled all of the Jews.

  2. Obama wants to return them to Iraq… because we promised we would after repairing them. Iraq has promised us nothing. Brushes aside the 4,500 dead American Armed Forces who it seems died in vain.

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