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Megillat Esther from Persia; The Tension Between Restoration and Conservation… and Halachic Frontier

Updated: Apr 29, 2021


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Six weeks ago, I went to the office of a client, (who happens to be an Israeli government official), to take a look at his old Megillat Esther and to assess its proposed repair work. The gentleman handed me this Megillah scroll wrapped in a Persian cloth that seemed as old as the scroll itself.


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The gentleman told me that this Megillah was brought to Israel by his grandfather upon his Allyiah from Persia. The exact origins, however, were unknown. He also told me that he brought the Megillah to 3 other scribes for repair, but they all refused to touch it and declared that it cannot be fixed. There were many segments of text, even whole columns of this Megillah where the ink was totally removed.