The story began last year in January when two Torah scrolls were stolen from Chabad of Honolulu, Hawaii.
Chabad of Hawaii said the scrolls were stolen on either Shabbos or Sunday and offered $5,000 for the safe return of the scrolls.
Besides for the obvious spiritual significance of the theft, one of the Torahs that was stolen had survived the Holocaust and the other was purchased in memory of a boy in the community who had passed away.
After the effort to return the Torahs did not succeed, Chabad Hawaii launched a campaign to replace both of the Torahs.
Their campaign succeed quickly and within one year the funds were raised to replace both Torahs.
The dedication of both Torah’s was done in a uniquely Hawaiian way. Dedication ceremonies were held on three of Hawaii’s islands Kauai, Maui and Kona so that the local Jewish residents would have the opportunity to participate in the celebrations.
Following that, this past Sunday, both Torahs were entered into the Chabad House of Honolulu amidst joy and song.