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      Archive: 11/28/2012
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        11/28/2012, Kislev 14, 5773

      Tens of Thousands of Jewish Books Damaged in Hurricane Buried


      A mass funeral was held this week for Jewish holy books destroyed and damaged by Hurricane Sandy last month. The funeral was held in the Far Rockaway area of Queens, which experienced some of the worst damage from the storm.

      The funeral – in which a caravan of three trucks carrying prayer books, bibles, Talmud volumes, and other holy books damaged in the storm in New York and Long Island – was a mass genizah burial. Holy books that can no longer be used are buried in a special area of a Jewish cemetery, given the honor of a funeral due to their holiness.