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Valuable sacred scrolls stolen from synagogue


    Rabbi Itchel Krasnjansky, of Chabad of Hawaii, stands Tuesday with a Scroll of Esther written in Hebrew. In back is the ark where two sacred handwritten Torah scrolls were kept. Chabad is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the return of the two scrolls.


    “We’re horrified that someone would steal something sacred. … We believe it is really, really bad karma.”

    Rabbi Itchel Krasnjansky

    Chabad of Hawaii, standing in front of the ark where two Torah scrolls were kept. A scroll on loan from the Big Island now sits in the ark.

The theft of two scrolls with an estimated total value of $80,000 to $100,000 from an Ala Moana synagogue may be the work of someone who knows their worth and not some petty thief. Read more

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