Torah Scroll Fragment (Genesis 11:19-16:12), Baghdad, 19th-20th centuries. A Torah scroll contains the first five books of the Hebrew Bible (known as the Torah). As in ancient times, it is handwritten on parchment and cherished as an embodiment of the Divine word. Though no complete Torah scrolls were found, 43 Torah scroll fragments were recovered from the Mukhabarat basement. From the exhibit, “Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage,” at the Jewish Museum of Florida on Miami Beach through March 6, 2016.
Torah Scroll Fragment (Genesis 11:19-16:12), Baghdad, 19th-20th centuries. A Torah scroll contains the first five books of the Hebrew Bible (known as the Torah). As in ancient times, it is handwritten on parchment and cherished as an embodiment of the Divine word. Though no complete Torah scrolls were found, 43 Torah scroll fragments were recovered from the Mukhabarat basement. From the exhibit, “Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage,” at the Jewish Museum of Florida on Miami Beach through March 6, 2016.
Torah Scroll Fragment (Genesis 11:19-16:12), Baghdad, 19th-20th centuries. A Torah scroll contains the first five books of the Hebrew Bible (known as the Torah). As in ancient times, it is handwritten on parchment and cherished as an embodiment of the Divine word. Though no complete Torah scrolls were found, 43 Torah scroll fragments were recovered from the Mukhabarat basement. From the exhibit, “Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage,” at the Jewish Museum of Florida on Miami Beach through March 6, 2016.

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