Scientist examines centuries-old Torah in Orange

One of the world's oldest Jewish manuscripts spent a day in Orange so a scientist could examine it while visiting his mother.



Researchers examined the copy of the Torah in the basement of Congregation Or Shalom. Scientist Gregory Heyworth, whose mother attends the synagogue, agreed to help examine the documents during a brief stay in town.



The copy of the Jewish holy scripture was likely crafted in 1270, officials said.



The researchers are looking to recover text that has been lost to the naked eye over the past seven centuries.



The pages may have been damaged by water, fire or scratching, Heyworth said. He took high resolution photographs for clues as to what's gone missing.



Researchers said they had to work slowly and carefully to document the fragile text. It could takes months of studying the photographs to make any headway.


sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."