Rabbi Schneier Describes His Discovery of Rare Czech-hebrew Prayer Book
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Rabbi Schneier Describes His Discovery of Rare Czech-hebrew Prayer Book

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Rabbi Arthur Schneier, head of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, disclosed today he had received a letter of thanks from officials of the Council of Jewish Religious Communities in the Czech Socialist Republic for 2,000 copies of a rare Hebrew-Czech prayerbook.

He said he had discovered the rare prayerbook in 1979 when he headed a Foundation delegation to Prague. He said he negotiated with Dr. Karl Hruza, president of the State Council for Religious Affairs, the Czech title for the Czech Minister for Religious Affairs, and received permission to take the rare prayerbook back to New York and to send copies to Czech Jews. He said the 2,000 copies were made by facsimile and sent to the Council of Jewish Religious Communities in time for use during the current High Holy Days.

He said the negotiations for permission to print and to arrange for distribution of the facsimile copies lasted two years. The facsimile edition was financed by the Foundation.

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