Scribe from Israel repairs local congregation’s religious text

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Eight-year-old Elijah Mbuvi remembers when the centuries-old Torah ripped as adults unraveled it in his classroom in September.

The religious scroll, sometimes referred to as the Book of Moses, is written in Hebrew on parchment paper made from a young calf.

“I was thinking that something not good had just happened,” a wide-eyed Elijah said Sunday at Beth David Synagogue, as he watched a scribe who was brought in from Israel to repair the damage.

The Torah, which dates back more than 3,000 years, traces the origins of the Jewish people from Genesis to the death of Moses in Deuteronomy. It includes the teachings of God revealed to the people at Mount Sinai, including the Ten Commandments given to Moses. It is divided in weekly portions and read annually in ancient Hebrew over the course of a year.

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