Israel Police Recover a Presumed Lost 19th Century Talmud

The 200 year-old Hebrew tractate was stolen from the National Library years ago and presumed lost.
• The owner of a Judaica auction house where it was discovered was arrested.

By Orly Harari & Gil Ronen


Police detectives from the Sharet station in Tel Aviv have located a 19th century Talmud Bavli tractate that was stolen from the National Library in Jerusalem years ago, and was considered lost.

Stolen Talmud tractate – Israel Police Spokesman’s Dept.

The detectives raided a business on Mikunis Street in Tel Aviv, which holds auctions of Judaica items, and found the book there.

The store owner, a man in his 40s, was detained for questioning.

Israel’s National Library holds the printed treasures of the Jewish people. It holds over 5 million items, printed and archived.

The library keeps copies of every work printed in Israel, and collects other works that are somehow connected to Israel, to Judaism and to the Middle East, including manuscripts, maps, periodicals and ephemera.


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