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Muslim Writes Hebrew Letter in German Community’s New Torah

The Times of Israel reports:

In a first for Germany, and perhaps the world, a Muslim wrote one of the Hebrew letters in a new Torah scroll.

On November 29, the small Jewish community of Marburg, Germany celebrated the completion of the new scroll by holding a special ceremony and inviting dignitaries from the city to each write one of the 15 final letters of the Pentateuch. Among them was Dr. Bilal El-Zayat, an orthopedist at the University of Marburg and the leader of the city’s Muslim community.

“This was our second new Torah scroll after the Holocaust, and it was also the 10th anniversary of our synagogue building, so we were celebrating everything together,” said Monika Bunk, vice president of the Jüdische Gemeinde Marburg.

Read more at The Times of Israel.

 

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