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Smolensk Residents Welcome Torah Scroll With Dancing

June 19, 2008
Jewish residents in the Western Russian city of Smolensk filled the streets to celebrate the arrival of a new Torah scroll. Locals described the ceremony, organized by Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries Rabbi Levi Yitzchak and Chana Mondshine, as a first for the town since Communist forces shuttered a central synagogue more than 80 years ago. Russian Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar sent his greetings, while hundreds of people took the opportunity to write a letter in the Torah scroll.
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Alexander Bachrach, sponsor of Smolensk, Russia’s new Torah, fills in one of the holy scroll’s letters with the help of ritual scribe Rabbi Moshe Klein of New York.
Alexander Bachrach, sponsor of Smolensk, Russia’s new Torah, fills in one of the holy scroll’s letters with the help of ritual scribe Rabbi Moshe Klein of New York.

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