The Torahs are kosher. The stories of their scrolls are not.

This is the legacy of the “Holocaust Torahs” that Maryland Torah scribe and Jewish bookstore owner Rabbi Menachem Youlus sold to Jews and their synagogues. Moved by his tales of how the scrolls were lost in the Shoah and amazed by his exploits in discovering and recovering them, Jews enthusiastically opened their checkbooks to give a home to a piece of the past they thought was lost.
In the end, they turned out to be tall tales. On October 11th he was sentenced to 51 months in prison on two counts of mail and wire fraud by Manhattan Federal District Court Judge Colleen McMahon.
He will be sentenced to a federal prison, as yet unnamed.
Youlus pled guilty to defrauding his own not-for-profit Save a Torah Foundation and more than 50 clients of more than $862,000 between 2004 and 2010.
Menachem Rosensaft says he plans to attend the sentencing hearing. “I want to witness justice being done. This has been a long process, and I believe it is important to see it through its conclusion,” says Rosensaft, founding chair of the International Network of Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and a vehement critic of Youlus.
“My hope is that a severe sentence will serve notice to Youlus wannabes. It’s important to let people know that anyone like him is radioactive,” says Rosensaft, a New York attorney.
more