The Ministry of Religious Affairs helped release a Torah scoll held up in airport customs after a flight from France to Israel. The Torah was donated by a Jewish community in Paris, France to a Garin Torani community in Netanya. However customs agents at the airport informed those bringing the Torah of a steep value-added-tax requirement plus customs fees. Eli Ben-Dahan, the Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs became involved and the Torah was released into Israel. Ben-Dahan later contacted appropriate government agencies to discuss fees for Torah scrolls.