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Letters delivered to G-d, 2,000 year old Torah-it’s still the same- Jewish News Skim Sept 22, Elul 19

Avoid the shtuss yet be an informed smart Jew while standing on one leg!  Here’s the news, with plenty of chutzpah, being talked about by Jews today…

Today’s Skim of the News for Jews – Be a Smart Aleck!

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- Charlotte, North Carolina, USA burns in riots.  Protests turned violent for a second night in Charlotte after Tuesday’s fatal police shooting of a black man.  Multiple incidents and shootings, riot police confronting mobs, mobs breaking windows, stores, and attacking cars.  Businesses shut down their downtown offices, public transit stopped.  Army called up to back police.

- Israeli Postal Service delivers letters to God to Western Wall.  Israel Post Director met with the Western Wall and Holy Sites Rabbi, to deliver to him a consignment of letters addressed to God. The holy mail was delivered ahead of the upcoming Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur holidays, and will be placed in the cracks and crevices of the ancient stones of what used to be a supporting wall for the Temple. The letters were posted from Israel as well as from Russia, China, France, Nigeria, Spain, the Netherlands, the US, and the UK.

- New tech allows reading of burned biblical scroll from 2,000 years ago, it’s an unchanged Book of LeviticusThe charred lump of a 2,000-year-old scroll sat in an Israeli archaeologist’s storeroom for decades, too brittle to open. Now, new imaging technology has revealed what was written inside: the earliest evidence of a biblical text in its standardized form.  The passages from the Book of Leviticus offer the first physical evidence of what has long been believed: that the version of the Hebrew Bible used today goes back (at least) 2,000 years.

- Picture of the Day:  CT scan of burned scroll from 2,000 years ago….which turned out to be the Book of Leviticus.

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