Spotlight: Megillat Esther

Purim begins with the Fast of Esther at sundown this evening. The ceremony begins with the reading of the Megillah, or Scroll of Esther. Here we present the 2007 facsimile of an 18th-century megillah held by the Gross Family of Israel (one of the finest collections of Judaica in the world). The facsimile was produced by Facsimile Editions of London in an edition of 295 copies. This company is well known for producing state-of-the-art facsimiles of Hebrew illuminated manuscripts. This was their first attempt at printing a reproduction directly onto sheepskin parchment, rather than the usual method of having paper milled to the weight and texture of parchment to create a simulation. The original scroll case was also carefully reproduced by hand in sterling silver.

This particular scroll includes miniatures produced by an anonymous artist of virtually every scene of the story. A curious aspect of this megillah is that the text was written after the illuminations were completed; a reversal of the common practice.

Find this facsimile in the catalog here.



Manuscript Monday: The Megillah of Ruth

Inspired by illinoisrbml‘s post on the Esther scroll in their collection, we’re presenting Mizzou’s Ruth scroll for Shavuot.

In Jewish tradition there are five megillot (scrolls) that are read on five different holidays. All of them unrolled using a single roller, instead of two traditionally attached at each side of the scroll.

The Book of Ruth is read on Shavuot, the Festival of Weeks, which occurs seven weeks after the beginning of Passover, in late May or early June.  This year, Shavuot began on Saturday, May 23, and ends today.

Among Biblical characters, Ruth is one of the most beautiful. Born a Moabitess, she married a Jew, Chelion, son of Elimelech and his wife Naomi. After Chelion’s and Elimelech’ s death, she faithfully stayed with Naomi, and followed her elderly and fragile mother-in-law back to Bethlehem, where Naomi was from. It was long and dangerous journey, for Ruth it was much safer to return to her parent’s home, but she said to Naomi:

Be not against me, to desire that I should leave thee and depart: for whithersoever thou shalt go, I will go: and where thou shalt dwell, I also will dwell. Thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God. (Ruth 1:16)

Ruth is equally revered by Jews and Christians, because she is one of the ancestors of King David, and thus mentioned in Gospel of St. Matthew in the genealogy of Jesus Christ.

Other scrolls with one roller should be: Book of Esther, read on Purim; Song of Songs – on Passover; Lamentations of Jeremiah the Prophet.– on the 9th day of Av; and Ecclesiastes – on Sukkot.

- Alla Barabtarlo


Buddhist Cosmological Scroll (Detail), Localization of Viscera in the Torso, Interconnecting Blood Vessels and Channels, Tree of the Body in Health and Illness, Tree of Treatment, Tree of Diagnosis, Buddhist Cosmological Scroll (Detail), Localization of Viscera in the Torso (Detail). Tibet (top to bottom). 1500s-1700s. 


70’s Epiphone Scroll*.

Now here’s something we don’t see that often;

“It’s an 78’ Epipone Scroll. Got it for Christmas from my parents a few years ago. It sounds a bit jazzy but really amazing. I have named it Scrolly. Hope you like it!” - AA.Bram

We absolutely love it! Scrolls are the kind of guitars you tend to read about online, or you hear guitarists reminisce about playing one once, it’s nice to see they are still out there.

Got a guitar, bass, pedal or amp you want to share with the world? Then send it in to GuitarPorn here.

*Do you realise how hard it was not to call this “Don’t Scroll Past” or something equally pun-laden? 

MH4G New System: Ancient Scrolls

There is a new system called the Ancient Scrolls that starts once you beat the final online boss, Gogmazios (NOTE: this is an urgent so it has to be your quest that you beat, not another players). The Elder gives you Scroll #1 and you are asked to decode it. By hunting enough monsters (appears to be a hidden pt. system so all hunts count toward it, but tough G quests seem to decode them faster), some of the letters will appear. Once all the letters appear you hand the scroll back to the Elder and he unlocks a super hard quest.

Scroll 1:

Rare Tigrex

Scroll 2:


Scroll 3:

Extreme Selregios

Scroll 4:

‘Super’ Chaos Magala

Scroll 5:

Dara Amadula Subspecies

Scroll 6:

Extreme Rajang

Scroll 7:

Bracchydios Variant (Explosive Bracchy)

Scroll 8:

‘Super’ Gogmazios

Scroll 9:

‘Super’ Ukanlos

Scroll 10:

Crimson Fatalis Variant (Super Hot)

Final Scroll:

Multi-monster quest: Frenzied Tigrex, Super Zinoger + Frenzied Bracchydios, Super Chaos Magala, Extreme Selregios (GOD DAYUM)

I am not sure what you get if anything for finishing that final one, but I bet something. So there you have it, the final super quests and monsters are not unlocked via HR like high rank, but a new system that unlocks as you grind monsters. The more you play the more you can play! :p

Happy Hunting!


Miniature Monday is a tiny train with a scroll inside.

“ Engineer’s compartment of the train model has been hollowed out, a hole drilled parallel through it, a brass crank placed through the hole, and the book’s pages rolled onto the crank and affixed to a tab. Strips are viewed by pulling the tab, and wound back into model by turning the crank.”

Thomas, Peter (Peter R.)  
The train comes to Wichita / Peter & Donna Thomas.  [Santa Cruz] : Peter & Donna Thomas, 2004.  Number 10 of 20 copies.

Smith Miniatures Collection N7433.4.T56 T73 2004