Trying to Lock in the Holy: Safed Braces for a Judaica Theft Wave

Synagogues in Safed protect themselves with bars, alarms and safes following several thefts of precious items of Judaica.

On Shabbat morning two weeks ago Rabbi Gavriel Marzel, the assistant of the Chabad Tzemach Tzedek synagogue in the Old City of Safed, discovered that six Torah scrolls had been stolen. The same thing had happened in recent years in four other synagogues in the Old City. In most cases valuable items of Judaica were stolen.