Reading Megillat Esther is in the center of Purim festival. Printed on Kosher scrolls, the book of Esther is to be read publicly in the synagogue on Purim day and next morning. Book of Esther is the last of the five scrolls that form part of the third division of the Tanakh, known as the Ketuvim, Hebrew for ‘Writings’. Being the fifth and last scroll of the Ketuvim, we are bringing you 5 amazing facts you didn’t know about Esther scroll!
1 Megillot Esther are commonly written with the word HaMelekh, Hebrew for ‘The king’ at the head of almost all the columns. There is also an old tradition of illuminating scrolls of Megillat Esther especially above the word HaMelekh as on a deeper level this is a reference to the “King of Kings”.
2 Megillat Esther is hand written by a professional scribe, like the Torah scrolls. The text can be written in three Hebrew fonts: Beit Yoseph font generally used in Ashkenazi communities, Ari font, generally used by Jews of Chassidic descent or influence and Vellish font generally used by Sephardi Jews.
This Esther scroll is written in Vellish font
3 Book of Esther is the second book, together with Song of Songs, in the Torah that doesn’t mention G-d’s intervention and presence explicitly. The book focuses on the heroine, Esther, who saved her people, the Jewish people from genocide, planned by vicious Haman.
4 Megillot Esther are usually written with columns of 11, 14, 21, 28, or 42 lines. They vary in height from about 6 cm (3″) up to about 50 cm (20″).
5 Purim is not mentioned in the Torah, but the Book of Esther serves as the authorizing document for the new festival, originating from recent events, the persecution of the Jewish people by Haman and the deliverance of the Jewish people, saved by Hadassah, Esther.
Well now that you know the 5 top secrets of the Megillah, share them with your friends and family members, so all are well-prepared for Purim and reading of the megilah in the synagogue!
But, this is not all there is to know about Esther and Purim! Read all about the your favorite Purim toy, the noisemaker, English for Ra’ashan and the lady of the day-Queen Esther in our amazing articles on World of Judaica’s Jewish blog, OyVey.