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300-year-old Torah Arrives in Israel from U.s.; Belonged to Baal Shem

A 300-year-old Torah scroll said to have belonged to the Baal Shem Tov, founder of the Hassidic movement, arrived here today aboard the liner Shalom. The Torah, which was sent by Rabbi David Twersky of New York, a descendant of the Baal Shem Tov, for use in the Beit Eliahu Synagogue in Natanya, was handed down through several generations of Hassidic rabbis in Russia until it was taken from Russia in 1921 and brought to New York.