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Ottinger Presents Chassidic Rabbi with Torah Scroll

December 14, 1928
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Attorney General Albert Ottinger, former Republican candidate for New York State Governor, will present a Scroll of the Law, which he ordered written by a European scribe, to the Congregation Kchillath Moshe, the Bronx, of which Rabbi Moses Epstein is the spiritual leader.

The presentation exercises will be held Saturday night, December 15, in the house of worship of Congregation Ain Jacob, 1426 Minford Place, where the Torah Scroll will be brought from Congregation Kehillath Moishe, 1532 Hoe Avenue, with impressive ceremonies. Three thousand guests and representatives of various New York Jewish organizations and congregations have been invited to attend. They will witness the Siyum Ha’Torah (the completion of the Scroll).

Rabbi Epstein, a Chassidic leader, known in the Bronx as the “Rabbi of Ozerow” (Poland), is a descendant, as is the Attorney General, of Rabbi Meir of Rothenburg, thirteenth century sage and martyr. It is as an expression of esteem for Rabbi Epstein that the Attorney General is making the presentation. Rabbi Epstein and Mr. Ottinger will speak at the exercises.

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