Photo of Torah from Rozwadów
Submitted by Peter Dreifus
Rozwadów Still Lives Today
Four decades ago, The Benei Moshe Horowicz Chevra of New York, a New York
based organization of landsmen from Rozwadów donated a Torah to Israel. It
was their intention that the flame of Rozwadów continue to burn in the
land of Israel. The Israeli Religious Ministry in turn presented the Torah
to the Ohel R' Yosef Synagogue in Afula, Israel where it remains today.
Is this Torah from Rozwadów?
Currently, the Baal-Koreh of the Ohel R' Yosef Synagogue, Mr. Israel
Halperin believes so. Observing how the Torah suffered the effects of the
passing years, Mr. Halperin sought the help of The Benei Moshe Horowicz
Chevra of the USA, only to learn that the Chevra has vanished like the
shtetl itself. This is the same Chevra that published the Rozwadów Yizkor
Book along with The Irgun Yotzey Rozwadów Chevra in Israel and The
Rozwadower Association of Belgium. The Torah has aged and can no longer be
read in services until it is re-koshered. The beginning of this process is
underway and has been examined by a sofer [scribe] from Haifa, who is
highly experienced with old and ancient torah. It is hoped that the Sofer
may be able to comment on its origin. In either case the Torah was a seed
from the tree that was Rozwadów.
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