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This is the written Torah, the sacred text of the Hebrews, and signifies the first five chapters of the Old Testament written by Moses. Often written and preserved on prayers scrolls and read aloud, the Torah or Pentateuch forms the basis for Jewish communal life and religious tradition. Considered a covenant with God, the scrolls define a set of moral and religious laws and obligations.

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"Sefer Torah at old Glockengasse Synogogue (reconstruction), Cologne" by Willy Horsch is licensed under CC BY.

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