The Torah at Beth El.
The Torah, unrolled in Beth El’s sanctuary, in front of its aron kodesh, or holy ark, where the synagogue’s Torahs are kept.
Temple Beth El, in Williamsburg.
Parts of the scroll show significant tears or appear to have smoke or water damage.
Rabbi David Katz, of Temple Beth El, examining the Torah.
Meadows holds the wimpel, or belt, that accompanied the Goodwill Torah when he bought it. He gave the wimpel to the photographer to bring to Beth El, so the Torah would be complete.
Mel Meadows in his home outside Fredericksburg. A framed fragment of a Torah scroll hangs over his fireplace, above a shofar.