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Torah Scroll: Ruth, Song of Songs, Lamentations, and Ecclesiastes


Skin-Type: Calf skin traditionally prepared by Ashkenazi soferim

Length: 13 ft

Scroll height: 17 in

Text height: 12.5 in

Text width:  4.5 in

Sheets:  7

Columns: 24

Sewing Style: Exposed, overlapped and stitched straight

Lines/Column:  34 lines

Appraisal Value: $40,000

Sale Price: $8,500


Complete Ruth, Song of Songs, Lamentations and Ecclesiastes

Script Description:  Vallish Ashkenazi (Bet Yosef) script

Magna Letters: No

Kabbalistic Aspects: No

Tagin:   On the letters שעטנז גץ   and on the letters   בדק חיה .
Further Characteristics:
Traditions relating to the setting of open and closed passages:  Petuchot and setumot following the direction of Rambam and Rosh

Textual Corrections:  Some erased and corrected letters

Provenance and Date:  Poland, ca. 1800

Based on the paleographic, codicological and textual evidence this scroll was composed around 1800 in Poland.  It survived the horrible events of the Nazi Holocaust.  The books of Ruth, Song of Songs, Lamentation, Ecclesiastes and Esther are known as the Hagiographical works or are referred to as the five scrolls or the Megillot-scrolls.  Commonly Esther is written as a separate scroll for use at Purim.  The other four are customarily written together on the same scroll as in this case.  Nevertheless, the scroll is extremely rare.  The practice of writing the other “Megillot-scrolls” on a parchment scroll was introduced by Rabbi Eliyahu Ben Shelomoh Zalman (Gaon of Vilna, Lithuania).  This scroll was brought to Israel by settlers after WWII and is a rare testimony to the resilience of Judaism amidst the horrific atrocities of the Holocaust in Poland.