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        12/27/2012, Tevet 14, 5773

      Rabbi Pleads Guilty to Torah Theft


      Rabbi Yehuda Rosalio, the former rabbi of the northwestern Negev community of Brosh, pleaded guilty, Thursday, to charges stemming from his theft, about two months ago, of the community's Torah scrolls. The rabbi was convicted in the Be'er Sheva Magistrates Court for aggravated theft, aggravated fraud, fraud, breach of trust and causing insult to religion, among other charges.

      Rabbi Rosalio was arrested after it was discovered, on Simchat Torah, that the scrolls inside the community's ornate Torah covers had been replaced by poster boards. The prosecution said he sold the scrolls for hundreds of thousands of shekels. While prosecutors and defense attorneys could not reach agreement on punishment for the conviction, the state agreed to release Rosalio to house arrest under condition of bond and a ban on his working as a rabbi pending sentencing in five months.