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Brooklyn, NY - 5 Sifrei Torahs Missing From Borough Park Shul Found

Published on: May 2, 2010 08:52 AM
Last updated on: May 2, 2010 11:15 AM
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Yanky Meir of Missaskim brings back the Tohras from teh DA's office to memebrs of the ShulBrooklyn, NY - VIN News has learned that all Five Sifrei Torahs that were reported missing last week from the Kalrsburg synagogue at 1556 53rd Street, have been returned safely.

According to NY Assemblyman Dov Hikind, an anonymous individual brought back last night all 5 Torahs to the office of Brooklyn’s District Attorney where its being kept now for future investigation. “Its just great news that on Lag BaOmar the Torahs have been recovered”, Hikind told VIN News.

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Brooklyn district attorney Charles Hynes released the following statement to VIN News: “I am very pleased that I was able to facilitate the return of these sacred Torahs to the synagogue and the members of the congregation.”

This is exactly what we were hoping would happen,” said Councilman David Greenfield. “Thanks to the joint efforts of the NYPD, the DA’s office and community leaders, these Torah scrolls have been returned on the Jewish holiday of Lag Ba’Omer - traditionally a day of great celebration. For nearly 2,000 years Jews have been celebrating Lag Ba’Omer as one of the happiest days on the Jewish calendar. Today, we are overjoyed.”



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1

 May 02, 2010 at 09:19 AM a resident Says:

Oh thank god it was found!! And it is really nice that it was found on lag b omar

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 May 02, 2010 at 09:17 AM Anonymous Says:

In zchus fin Reb Shimon!

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 May 02, 2010 at 09:17 AM ubet Says:

A ness!!!! I wonder who took them and how ?????

4

 May 02, 2010 at 09:14 AM Anonymous Says:

R' chaskel roth who is in Miron now poeld a yeshuah bizchis reb shimon

5

 May 02, 2010 at 09:12 AM Dav Says:

"Its just great news that on Lag BaOmar

6

 May 02, 2010 at 09:11 AM wow Says:

Chasdei hashem! Baruch hashem!

7

 May 02, 2010 at 09:26 AM Es Shtimt Nisht Says:

This whole story doesn't add up.

8

 May 02, 2010 at 08:58 AM Anonymous Says:

B"H

Now that I said B"H already, you don't have to..

I hate seeing posts that have only H"H or BD"H..

9

 May 02, 2010 at 08:59 AM Anonymous Says:

B"H, what a simcha.

10

 May 02, 2010 at 09:00 AM Anonymous Says:

Thanks G-d

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 May 02, 2010 at 09:01 AM yuh yuh Says:

Mamesh b'zchis der hailigeh taneh

12

 May 02, 2010 at 09:02 AM Tina18 Says:

Wow - Some good news for a change - Thanks

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 May 02, 2010 at 09:04 AM A Yid Says:

B"H the Sifrei Torahs are back

14

 May 02, 2010 at 09:28 AM Anonymous Says:

This whole story doesn't sound right

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 May 02, 2010 at 09:29 AM Anonymous Says:

It sounded fishy from the beginning but Baruch Hashem it was returned .

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 May 02, 2010 at 09:33 AM Anonymous Says:

'Anonymous individual'? Can't be very anonymous to carry five sefrei torah into a police precinct.

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 May 02, 2010 at 09:33 AM surch Says:

to #7

I you related or the same as the one who's comment (no matter the subject matter)
will always be '' theres something fishy about this"?

18

 May 02, 2010 at 09:36 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
Es Shtimt Nisht Says:

This whole story doesn't add up.

I guess we need to be patient to find out, who , why, etc.

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 May 02, 2010 at 09:41 AM Anonymous Says:

ב"ה

20

 May 02, 2010 at 09:44 AM Anonymous Says:

Inside job!

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 May 02, 2010 at 09:46 AM Anonymous Says:

hooray! great news! in the zechus of the rashbi!!!

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 May 02, 2010 at 09:47 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
Es Shtimt Nisht Says:

This whole story doesn't add up.

With skills like yours, I would have gotten a job at homeland security..

23

 May 02, 2010 at 09:54 AM Anonymous Says:

Sound like #7 is 1000 % wright . I don't think that we needed niesem here vhamiavn yuven

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 May 02, 2010 at 09:56 AM KARLSBERGER Says:

Reply to #7  
Es Shtimt Nisht Says:

This whole story doesn't add up.

Very very interesting!

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 May 02, 2010 at 10:11 AM Anonymous Says:

stay tuned

26

 May 02, 2010 at 10:14 AM lag Says:

will it help something for the theif by returning by himself?

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 May 02, 2010 at 10:15 AM Phillip Says:

I bet that Dov Hikind is relied..... He has saved himself $10.000 since there is
no one to receive the reward

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 May 02, 2010 at 10:22 AM oiberchuchem Says:

Publicity and Id scroll security system must of sceared the thiefs

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 May 02, 2010 at 10:26 AM aron titelboim Says:

Good news b"h for this

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 May 02, 2010 at 11:04 AM Anonymous Says:

thank you very much dov for all your work , this is why we the jewish community needs you .a sefer torah must be treated like a person and i feel it is like you helped redeem and save five people ,yesher koach dov!

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 May 02, 2010 at 11:04 AM pityu Says:

i have a feeling that those who stole it were non other then the owners themselfs or close friends or relatives this whole story is very very suspicious if it turns out to be true then all the torah learning in the world is for naught and its a gigantic shame on us all yiddin who are honest and decent

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 May 02, 2010 at 11:06 AM Anonymous Says:

All the comments are in basic true order.
Most of us felt this was an inside job especially with the window and safe open.
Remember it says someone returned or rather bought the toras to the D.A.'s office.
So it was either someone confessed and bought it to a second person and swore him to secrecy and that second person bought the torahs to the D.A.s office or there is a piece of information that is not being told to the public.
Whatever the case is, the shul should definitely have all entering take a lie detector test to determine who on the inside was helpful to the original crime.
We cannot just shove this under the rug with comments of miracles an Boruch Hashem. Yes, it is B"H that the torahs are back home but we cannot let this crime go unsolved. Definitely the person who took them had intentions of selling but when realized all the cooperation among such as police and Vaad Mishmeres Stam and the world he/she realized they had no chance of profiting.

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 May 02, 2010 at 11:53 AM Anonymous Says:

Is District Attorney Hines going to let this crime go unprosecuted? Is Dov Hikind satisfied with that? Something smells fish.........

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 May 02, 2010 at 12:01 PM Yossi Says:

I hope this incident will teach a lesson to every shul...1) Install a lock in the safe which will automatic close when you return the sefer torah back after reading the parsha
2) every shul MUST install hidden cameras which is very reasonable considering the loss of such valuable torahs.3) every person who owns a torah should have it insured on his home owner policy naming the offsite place of storage. 4)Have theTorahs registered at Mishmeres stam which will make it very hard to resell ..5) Change the combination every 2 years and the Gabbe must keep a LOG of every person who has the combination number....I am sure all the mispalalim of Rabbi Roths shul will have to fast for the bizoyin of those sefer torahs and every jew should give at least ONE dollar tzedukeh for the bizoyin caused to those Torahs.

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 May 02, 2010 at 12:03 PM rabbi stern Says:

SHAME ALL OF YOU!! For not thanking hashem for this neis!! Only hashem made this neis bizchus hatane reb Shimon bar Ychai.

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 May 02, 2010 at 12:13 PM bigwheeel Says:

Reply to #7  
Es Shtimt Nisht Says:

This whole story doesn't add up.

It really DOES add up. As some anonymous poster (Maybe bigwheeel) posted last week that the motive here wasn't money. They (the faction that were dissed) were out to prove a point. Once they proved their point there was no reason for holding on to the Torahs. Their problem now was how to return them. Obviously, they handled this part of the operation brilliantly as well. Ver iz geblib'n lekish???!!!

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 May 02, 2010 at 12:17 PM Nissim Says:

How do you know this is a ness? It might be Masseh Bal Dovor - Sitrah Acharah. Of course, to the people who felt it in their pocket it is considered a nes (that is called NIGEAH - self interest). But it does not mean that it did not come from the Sitra Acharah. See Al Hgeualh Vial Hatemurah from Rabeinu Yoel and the pisokem from Rabbi Moshe Hirsch Z"RL.

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 May 02, 2010 at 12:20 PM Anonymous Says:

R Yechezkal Roth
is one of the biggest tzadeikim today
Hashem is with him

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 May 02, 2010 at 12:26 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #35  
rabbi stern Says:

SHAME ALL OF YOU!! For not thanking hashem for this neis!! Only hashem made this neis bizchus hatane reb Shimon bar Ychai.

Exactly, I heard it just fell out of the sky and into the safe.

40

 May 02, 2010 at 12:29 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

R' chaskel roth who is in Miron now poeld a yeshuah bizchis reb shimon

"R' chaskel roth who is in Miron now poeld a yeshuah bizchis reb shimon"...or maybe the idiot that stole it got scared from all the media attention...but sure chalk it up as a moifes...why not? there are enough guilible people to believe it...

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 May 02, 2010 at 12:31 PM Rashbi Chasid Says:

Hodu laShem ki tov, ki leolam chasdo !!!
Thank you Dov Hikind for bring so much publicity and offical notice.
I suspect that the theft had much to do with Toldos Aaron's meg-celebrations at Meron every year.
Since Rav Roth ruled that ohaim are not permitted to go up Meron, the ruling was effectivelly against Toldos Aaron. Saying that Rav Roth went against the Torah, Toldos Aaron chasidim felt that the Torahs must be taken away from Rav Roth.
On the other hand, the Boyaner Rebbe has the exclusive privilege of lighting the first bonfire at Meron. In effect, Toldos Aaron was stealing the show. So, it's quite possible that Boyaner chassidim "temporarily removed" the Torahs, knowing that Toldos Aaron will get blamed. Either way, the "temporary theft" is directly related to Toldos Aaron's excessses at Meron.

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 May 02, 2010 at 12:53 PM No Nes Says:

Reply to #35  
rabbi stern Says:

SHAME ALL OF YOU!! For not thanking hashem for this neis!! Only hashem made this neis bizchus hatane reb Shimon bar Ychai.

There was no nes @ all. Idiot who stole it realized he can't get rid of it or claim insurance. & the da is covering up sound like you might be involved.

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 May 02, 2010 at 01:10 PM Dov Says:

There's more in what they're not saying than in what they are saying. V'dl.

44

 May 02, 2010 at 01:20 PM חמש"ה חומש"י תורה Says:

I guess after he finished 5 times learning he returned it.

45

 May 02, 2010 at 01:33 PM HF Says:

Reply to #35  
rabbi stern Says:

SHAME ALL OF YOU!! For not thanking hashem for this neis!! Only hashem made this neis bizchus hatane reb Shimon bar Ychai.

What do you mean by "Shame all of you"??? Half the comments before you are either "Burech Hashem" or acknowledgeing that this was a nes....

Shame on you for besmirching your borthers and sisters without merit!

46

 May 02, 2010 at 01:44 PM Anonymous Says:

This happy ending would feel like a Nes if the shul and the safe was vandalized or broken into by some outside thieves. From the beginning, a lot of people even in BP felt like this was an inside job done out of politics. Charedi clans have a lot of politics mixed with in their leadership.
I hope that community and the shul will get its act together, because I wouldn't want to be in an environment where there is a possibility that someone of great respect may have been responsible for stealing these 5 Torahs. You can't go lower than stealing Torahs to prove some point. They need to start learning from Alef Beis to catch up to true Torah life.

47

 May 02, 2010 at 02:32 PM Anonymous Says:

yes everyone is grateful that the sifrei torah were returned safely but this needs to be a lesson to all of us to protect our sifrei torah in all shules.
there should be alarms and clsoed circuit cameras.
they id markings should be done for all as well.

48

 May 02, 2010 at 03:27 PM Anonymous Says:

This was an inside job in order to get that $10,000

49

 May 02, 2010 at 03:33 PM Anonymous Says:

The rav from this shul who left for EY without securing the sifrei torah needs to explain what he could have been thinking to do somthing so irresponsible. If he arranged this whole farce for some special reason, than he also has some explaining to do. Either way, its wonderful the seforim have been returned safely but someone needs to be held accountable for such a chilul hashem.

50

 May 02, 2010 at 04:09 PM Anonymous Says:

A funny Lag B'Omer spiel .

51

 May 02, 2010 at 04:19 PM Anonymous Says:

The whole thing was a misunderstandig. Game over .

52

 May 02, 2010 at 04:20 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
Es Shtimt Nisht Says:

This whole story doesn't add up.

Y not?

53

 May 02, 2010 at 04:24 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #48  
Says:

This was an inside job in order to get that $10,000

I very much doubt Rav Roth arranged this whole charade to claim the $10,000 reward. You have no proof that the rav masterminded a scam to make money from "stoelen sifre torah".

54

 May 02, 2010 at 05:29 PM Lag B'omer Jew Says:

B''H Just as the torah was revealed to us on this day by the Rashbi, so too this Torah was revealed to us by someone else. Who is that someone?, we don't know, but he is probably Eliyahu Hanavi in disguise.

55

 May 02, 2010 at 05:38 PM BPPS113 Says:

wow great picture Yankiy and Simcha

56

 May 02, 2010 at 08:17 PM Anonymous Says:

Can someone out there spill the beans. What REALLY happened?. Will the public ever find out ? Or is this an inside story that will stay hush shush?

57

 May 02, 2010 at 10:20 PM Anonymous Says:

Something is NOT KOSHER here.

58

 May 02, 2010 at 10:20 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #51  
Anonymous Says:

The whole thing was a misunderstandig. Game over .

No, it doesn't work that way.

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 May 03, 2010 at 12:46 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #53  
Anonymous Says:

I very much doubt Rav Roth arranged this whole charade to claim the $10,000 reward. You have no proof that the rav masterminded a scam to make money from "stoelen sifre torah".

Lose $200,000 worth of sifrei Torah in order to claim the $10,000 reward for their recovery without explanation or prosecution?

62

 May 03, 2010 at 03:18 AM Yid mit Kop Says:

B"H The Sifrei Toros are back!

Ashame whoever did this! But there is no doubt in any matire mind that this was just stolen and finally brought back. It was a shpeel by someone/s for some reason.

Theory 1: Since it was left unlocked, the person who wanted to teach them a lesson to lock it from now on.

Theory 2: Might be some politics going on between Reb Moishe the Rav Hatzoir and the borther The Hamarader Rav... But it didnt work out well....

Theory 3: Ganovim who saw they cant get away with it,.. but then why....?

Theory 4: Something much deeper we all hope to find out!

Theory 5: Just to make sure that from now on they WILL make insurance!

Theory 6: Just for the fun of it of a close by person.

Theory 7: Its definitely an inside job!

Theory 8: _____? You tell us!

63

 May 03, 2010 at 02:14 PM bigwheeel Says:

Reply to #46  
Anonymous Says:

This happy ending would feel like a Nes if the shul and the safe was vandalized or broken into by some outside thieves. From the beginning, a lot of people even in BP felt like this was an inside job done out of politics. Charedi clans have a lot of politics mixed with in their leadership.
I hope that community and the shul will get its act together, because I wouldn't want to be in an environment where there is a possibility that someone of great respect may have been responsible for stealing these 5 Torahs. You can't go lower than stealing Torahs to prove some point. They need to start learning from Alef Beis to catch up to true Torah life.

Now. Respect is relative. (There is really a pun even in this sentence.) The chief rabbi of this congregation (probably) had no knowledge of the planned transfer of the Torahs. It's the lower echelons in the leadership of his congregation that were having a dispute and a perceived slight (Dissing.). They made their point and now the Torahs are (B"H) back in their rightful place. I'm not here to judge whether this is the right method to get a point across. It was a brilliantly executed operation, though, from start to finish. It also shows, (if we want to take sides) where the brain power is. (Or, where it's not to be found).!

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 May 03, 2010 at 04:40 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #63  
bigwheeel Says:

Now. Respect is relative. (There is really a pun even in this sentence.) The chief rabbi of this congregation (probably) had no knowledge of the planned transfer of the Torahs. It's the lower echelons in the leadership of his congregation that were having a dispute and a perceived slight (Dissing.). They made their point and now the Torahs are (B"H) back in their rightful place. I'm not here to judge whether this is the right method to get a point across. It was a brilliantly executed operation, though, from start to finish. It also shows, (if we want to take sides) where the brain power is. (Or, where it's not to be found).!

It was a brilliantly executed operation, though, from start to finish.

Are you joking? Brilliantly executed--my foot. Change your nic from bigwheel to loose wheel.

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 May 04, 2010 at 12:44 AM Yoli Roth Says:

Reply to #62  
Yid mit Kop Says:

B"H The Sifrei Toros are back!

Ashame whoever did this! But there is no doubt in any matire mind that this was just stolen and finally brought back. It was a shpeel by someone/s for some reason.

Theory 1: Since it was left unlocked, the person who wanted to teach them a lesson to lock it from now on.

Theory 2: Might be some politics going on between Reb Moishe the Rav Hatzoir and the borther The Hamarader Rav... But it didnt work out well....

Theory 3: Ganovim who saw they cant get away with it,.. but then why....?

Theory 4: Something much deeper we all hope to find out!

Theory 5: Just to make sure that from now on they WILL make insurance!

Theory 6: Just for the fun of it of a close by person.

Theory 7: Its definitely an inside job!

Theory 8: _____? You tell us!

Theory 8: _____? another one is that the Ravs nefue Yoli Roth who has a yeshiva in willy the 1 they Protest against Stoled it.. cuz he's in a Fight with his Grandfather & wanted to teach him a lesson...

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 May 04, 2010 at 10:38 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #41  
Rashbi Chasid Says:

Hodu laShem ki tov, ki leolam chasdo !!!
Thank you Dov Hikind for bring so much publicity and offical notice.
I suspect that the theft had much to do with Toldos Aaron's meg-celebrations at Meron every year.
Since Rav Roth ruled that ohaim are not permitted to go up Meron, the ruling was effectivelly against Toldos Aaron. Saying that Rav Roth went against the Torah, Toldos Aaron chasidim felt that the Torahs must be taken away from Rav Roth.
On the other hand, the Boyaner Rebbe has the exclusive privilege of lighting the first bonfire at Meron. In effect, Toldos Aaron was stealing the show. So, it's quite possible that Boyaner chassidim "temporarily removed" the Torahs, knowing that Toldos Aaron will get blamed. Either way, the "temporary theft" is directly related to Toldos Aaron's excessses at Meron.

WOW!!! are you nebach consumed by your jealousy of Toldos Aron.
its been a long time since we have seen such twisted logic.

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 May 05, 2010 at 12:11 AM Yid mit Kop Says:

Reply to #66  
Yoli Roth Says:

Theory 8: _____? another one is that the Ravs nefue Yoli Roth who has a yeshiva in willy the 1 they Protest against Stoled it.. cuz he's in a Fight with his Grandfather & wanted to teach him a lesson...

So, now what's theory 9:_______?

Yoeli Roth is a nephew of his grandfather or a grandson of his grandfather?

The nes was NOT RETURNING the holly Sifrei Toros! The nes was taking them out and no one saw and/or knew anything!!!! THATS a real NES!

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