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Jewish artifacts saved from smugglers in Egypt

Torah cases, decorations intercepted before they could be spirited off to Belgium

Lazar Berman is a former breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Torah finial bells (photo credit: CC-BY-SA, Jorge Royan, Wikimedia Commons)
Torah finial bells (photo credit: CC-BY-SA, Jorge Royan, Wikimedia Commons)

A hoard of Jewish ritual items were intercepted by Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities as they were on their way to be smuggled to Belgium, the Luxor Times reported Friday.

The stash included 11 Torah cases, many of which were inscribed with Hebrew writing and inlaid with silver.

There were also several bells that were used to decorate Torah scrolls, and metal pointers used by the congregant reading from the Torah.

Writing on a Torah crown read “Shimon Weinstein and his wife Rachel and his son,” which could indicate that some of the items came from one of Egypt’s Ashkenazi Jewish communities, with roots in medieval Europe.

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Posted by Luxor Times on piektdiena, 2014. gada 18. aprīlis

According to the Luxor Times, some of the artifacts date to the year 1890.

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