The Jewish Chronicle

MEGILLAH FOR EVER

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One of the world’s oldest known Esther scrolls (a “megillah”) has been donated to the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem, home to the world’s largest collection of textual Judaica, where it has also been made available online for the first time.

The megillah contains the story of the Book of Esther in Hebrew and is traditiona­lly read on Purim, which takes place today.

Scholars have determined that the newly received megillah was written by a scribe on the Iberian Peninsula around 1465, prior to the Spanish and Portuguese Expulsions at the end of the fifteenth century.

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