|There is higher demand for used Torah scrolls today because of the cost of a new Torah. The customary cost of a fully restored, strictly Kosher used Torah ranges from $10,000 to as high as $18,000.
Most of the used Torahs available today were written after the Holocaust. Occasionally, we find very old European, pre-Holocaust Torahs. For the most part, the Torahs which we procure were written in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Generally, these Torahs were written in Israel, and used in Israeli synagogues, schools, yeshivot, etc. Many of these Torahs were brought to cities across America, for use in American synagogues.
Used Torahs are often found in synagogues located in small towns, which were forced to close as the communities lost members and ceased to exist. In addition, many used Torahs become available when synagogues merge or when synagogues have financial problems and sell their assets.
In selling used Torahs, we employ the same principles as with new Torahs. Used Torahs require a substantial financial investment and we will send you the entire scroll for inspection and consideration. If the Torah requires restoration work, we will describe the specific work we think is required. The cost will be for the fully restored Torah and will include new atzei chaim and a mantel.