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ISRAEL: Remand Extended for Rabbi Suspected in Torah Theft

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Torah ScrollThe Be'er Sheva District Court extended by three days, Thursday, the detention of the rabbi of the Negev community of Brosh, who has confessed to stealing seven Torah Scrolls. The rabbi was arrested after worshippers discovered, during the Simchat Torah holiday on Monday, that the scrolls had been replaced with paper.

The ruling came in response to a police appeal of a magistrates-court decision to release the rabbi to house arrest. Another hearing is scheduled for Sunday. The rabbi's attorney said he respected the decision, but called the police appeal of the house arrest punishment more than remand in the interest of an investigation.