In June 2013, when Professor Mauro Perani of the University of Bologna announced that he discovered the oldest existent Torah scroll – some eight hundred years old – the feat was celebrated across the world. In fact, his “discovery” is a testament to scholarly error. Apparently, the scroll was stored away in the university archives, mislabeled as a scroll from the eighteenth century. Great and learned scholars are just as prone to make mistakes as anyone. The issue is what to do when those mistakes are uncovered.
Rabbi Wayne Allen
After being graduated from New York University with a B.A. in philosophy and Phi Beta Kappa, Rabbi Allen attended the Jewish Theological Seminary of America where he earned a Masters degree in Rabbinics and went on to receive rabbinic ordination. He has served as a congregational rabbi for almost 34 years, taking on postings in New York City, Los Angeles, and Toronto.