A new Torah scroll was written and given this week to the condolence charity of the ZAKA emergency service, to mark the anniversary of the passing of Rabbi Rafael Halperin. The Austrian-born rabbi came to the Land of Israel in 1933 at the age of nine and made a name for himself as a wrestler in North America in the 1950s before becoming more religiously observant, returning to Israel and opening chains of athletic and optical centers. As an orthodox rabbi, he wrote a number of books and led an initiative to develop a credit card that could not be used on Shabbat.
The ZAKA charity sends the scrolls to the homes of people in the week after the death of a loved one. Among the people it has served is Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.