A Torah comes home after 40 years

My dad sent us a WhatsApp message so we could all breathe easy, knowing that after a 40-year quest, our Torah was coming home.

July 3, 2016 13:39
4 minute read.

The family triumphantly flanks the Torah: (from left) Marty Ginsberg, Hindy Bryks, Amy Gottlieb, Steven Ginsberg, Hudi Kenigsberg, writer Laura Ben-David and Carol Ginsberg. (photo credit: LAWRENCE BEN-DAVID)


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Let me tell you an incredible story about a 40- year quest. It all started with an old note, a note that itself was over 40 years old when it all began. The date on the piece of paper was 1934. It was a note written in my great-grandfather Henry Rosenbaum’s name, to a synagogue in Brooklyn that we’d never heard of.

It was among my great-grandfather’s papers, discovered after he died in 1976. It was a note giving the synagogue permission to use and bear responsibility for a family Torah scroll that we’d never heard of and knew nothing about.


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