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March 10, 2014 7:39 pm

Jewish Scribe Restores Book of Esther Scroll for Catholic Nuns in Time for Purim

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Esther and Mordechai writing the second letter of Purim. Oil on canvas, 1685. RISD Museum of Art, Rhode Island.

JNS.orgA collaboration between an order of nuns and a British Jewish scribe to restore an ancient Hebrew scroll telling the story of Purim is drawing attention as a sign of progress in Catholic-Jewish relations.

Sofer (scribe) Mordechai Pinchas restored a megillah (scroll) of the Book of Esther and returned it to the Benedictine Tyburn Nuns at a London ceremony last week.

The parchment was written in Venice, Italy in the 18th century. It was donated to the order of nuns by Jordan and Lorraine Cherrick from St. Louis, Mo. The scroll is “a biblical artifact symbolizing ever-deepening Jewish-Catholic relations,” said Mother General Xavier McMonagle, according to the British Catholic Herald.

“It all shows something more than academic theological exercise. We get to know each other as real people. You can tell there is something deeper going on,” she said.

The book of Esther tells the story of how Queen Esther and her uncle Mordechai save the Jews from extermination by Haman, the royal advisor to King Ahasuerus of Persia. Jews around the world commemorate annually on the holiday of Purim, which this year begins after Shabbat on March 15.

According to McMonagle, the figure of Esther “has remained very powerful in Catholic Christian religion, devotion, and spirituality as a symbol, an image, and a model of powerful intercession with God to change the course of human events from bad to good.”

“The need for Esther’s example is ever present in our minds, whether we are Christians or Jews,” McMonagle said. “Esther is a memorial, a living point of confidence that God can change things for the better, and he can do it even by working miracles.”

Formerly known as the Adorers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of Montmartre, the Tyburn Nuns received their nickname due to the location of their motherhouse, which stands next to the site of the Tyburn gallows. Their 105 canonized or beatified Catholic martyrs were executed during the Reformation era.

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  • IF ONLY THE XTIANS HELD ONTO TORAH
    SPECIFICALLY
    THE 1st AND 2nd COMMANDMENTS.
    FOLLOWING JEWS TO THE LIGHT AWAY FROM THE XTIAN DARKNESS ANBD SPIRITUAL IMPURITIES BROUGHT TO THE WORLD

    BUT THEY REPLACED US JEWS HUH?
    THEY KNOW BETTER RIGHT?
    THE REVELATION AT MT SINAI, THE CLOUD OF GLORY, THE EXODUS, THE PLAGUES, THE CREATION OF THE WORLD WASNT ENOUGH FOR THE XTIANS.

    THEY HAVE THE nerve to *think* they replace g-ds holy words? They have the nerve to say their men can write a holy testament? what is the testament but from
    “””THE ONE CREATOR OF EVERYTHING WITNESSED BY MILLIONS”””

    and those xtians jesux believers theink they can replace by their men who write poetry THE ONE HOLY G-S HASHEM ?

    AND NOT EVEN MENTIONING THE MURDERING THE TORTURING OF MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS OF JEWS.

    The arrogance of xtians to say G-Ds words are no longer valid.we xtians know better and replace G-D AND you JEWS.
    THE XTIANS TELL US thier mangod died….

    SOME god HE IS IF HE CAN DIE WHICH HE CERTAINLY DID……
    If jesux was saving people why is he NOW punishing people by dying? hey xtians if he didnt die just think how many more people could be saved by him….

    XTIAN ANSWER TO THAT:
    no we xtians killed you JEWS to prevent you from sinning anymore..SO WE KILLED IN THE THE SPANISH INQUISITIONS THE POGROMS THE WARS, THE BURNING AT THE STAKE ALIVE, BURNING YOUR PRAYER BOOKS, TEARING YOUR BODIES APART ON THE RACK…..WE DID THIS TO SAVE YOU FROM SINNING…..

    RETURN OUR HOLY SCROLLS MEGILLAH ESTHER
    AND REPENT , STOP YOUR MISSIONARIES, STOP YOUR LIES, STOP OPENING UP CHURCHS LOOKING LIKE SYNAGOGUES TO DECEIVE US.

    RETURN ALL THE ARTIFACS YOU STOLE FROM OUT HOLY TEMPLE 2000 YEARS AGO….STOP IT!!!
    RETURN THAT SCROLL AND SHOW *YOUR* GOOD FAITH…START THERE. AND THAT FOOLISH so called rabbi writing holiness to be handled by such impurities……

    REYTURN THE SCROLLL NOW !!!

  • according to our prophets there will never be a ‘progress’ between esauv and Yaacov.
    They will make the next war the last war.

    When these xtians STOP RINGING THE DOOR BELLS OF JEWS MISISONARIZING LYING SEDUSING JEWS TO ACCEPT THEIR DEAD MANGOD IS WHEN MASHIACH WILL BE HERE AND NOT BEFORE.

    The xtian doctrine does NOT allow peace according to THE TORAH AND JEWISH WAY OF PEACE.

    When the xtians stop kidnapping lying seducing Jews in Israel where we need 3 different orgasnizations to re program those innocent jews BACK TO TORAH is when the Mashiach will come.

    ” Esther “has remained very powerful in Catholic Christian religion”
    This is poetry for the masses. IF YOU WANT TO SEE REAL JEWS VISIT THE GRAVES SPIRITUALLY AND PHYSICALLY OF WHO THESE XTIANS KILLED THROUGH SPEARS FORCED CONVERTIONS AND LIES TO TRICK THE INNOCENT JEWS…TO THIS VERY DAY AND HOUR THESE XTIANS ARE WORKING TO CONVERT A JEW SOMEWHERE IN THE WORLD.

    20,000 JEWS IN ISRAEL LEFT THERE FAMILIES AND TORAH TO ACCEPT THEIR DEAD MANGOD.

    Prophet ‘OVADIA’ expresses Hashem complete dislike for
    esauv who we recognize as todays xtians.

    Yes the rightous of all the nations will have a share in the next world but it is taugh they will very few.

    Interfaith dinners associations dating visiting is expressly forbidden by our Rabbis.

    ESTHER FASTED 3 DAYS TO SEPARATE FROM THE EVIL AND A HANDFUL OF jews ARE WORKING TO UNDO THAT SEPARATION TO CONTINUE HITLERS UNDONE WORK.

    Torah says Israel must separate from the other nations and not intergrate.

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