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      Torah Scroll for Jewish Neighborhood Overlooking Temple Mount

      Shavuot holiday joy continues as the first Torah scroll is brought to the new Jewish neighborhood on the Mount of Olives.
      By Rachel Sylvetsky & Hezki Ezra
      First Publish: 6/10/2011, 1:20 AM / Last Update: 6/10/2011, 12:13 AM

      For the first time in 2000 years, a Torah scroll was brought to the Mount of Olives as a joyous procession proceeded Thursday night from the Western Wall to the new Jewish neighborhood of Maaleh Zeitim in reunified Eastern Jerusalem. The procession was led by Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melammed, Shlita, head of the Beit El yeshiva, seen holding the Torah at the start of the video.

      The Torah scroll, donated by the Rennert family, was in memory of Ido Zoldan, 29 year old father of two small children, murdered by terrorists who riddled his car with bullets as he drove near Kedumim on the way to his home in Shavei Shomron. His father Nachman is the contractor building the neighborhood as he has been for many projects in Judea and Samaria. He holds the Torah in the second half of the film

      Some 100 families live in the six-building complex of Maaleh Zeitim, on land purchased by Dr. Irving Moskowitz. The neighborhood is located just around the corner from a former Israel Police station, which is awaiting its first occupants after having been recently purchased by Jews and turned into residential apartments .....