Stolen manuscript to be returned after a decade





A 215-year-old Jewish manuscript stolen in Israel a decade ago will be returned by the German library where it resurfaced. The Book of the Levite’s Worship, left, a 1793 treatise by a Berlin rabbi, was found to be missing from the Rambam Library in Tel Aviv in 1998. One year later it appeared at auction in New York at Sotheby’s but went unsold. It was bought later by an unidentified dealer and lost again. In 2005 it was found in the German National Library in Berlin, which has agreed to return it. The identity of the thief and the dealers who bought and sold the manuscript are unknown.



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