Rabbi's Car Stolen — With $30K Torah Scroll Inside

Brooklyn Thieves Dump Car With Holy Book Untouched

By Forward Staff

Published January 22, 2013.

Thieves stole a Brooklyn rabbi’s car, with his synagogue’s $30,000 Torah scroll stashed in the trunk.

Luckily, the joy-riders were more interested in a free ride than religious edification, and never touched the holy book, which was found untouched when the car was recovered by cops, the New York Post reported.

“I cannot forgive myself. I was in shock. I felt as if somebody died, as if a house burned,” Rabbi Binyamin Tamaiev told the paper. “How could someone go into a holy place, steal keys and a car?”

The caper unfolded Rabbi Binyamin Tamaiev parked his Toyota outside Congregation Agudath Sholom in Flatbush shortly before the start of Sabbath on Friday afternoon.

After services, he left his keys in the synagogue and walked home. When he arrived at shul on Saturday, his car was gone.

Police found it abandoned nearby.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) offered a $3,000 reward for information leading to its return.

“I hope it helped,” Hikind said.



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