SCROLL OF ESTHER: This is the second of six panels in a fourteen foot long Megillat Esther, Scroll of Esther. Jewish tradition teaches that the good outcome of the story was prepared in the beginning. As the reader moves from panel to panel, the life cycle of a pomegranate is illustrated in small vignettes or included in the decorations of the megillah. In the first panel a flower forms, blooms, and is pollinated. In this panel the flower develops into a fruit. As the scroll is unrolled, the fruit opens, a seed falls to the ground, sprouts ,grows, and once again blooms. The ending of the story is inherent in its beginnning, illustrated by the cycle of the pomegranate, symbol of a person full of mitzvotand one of the fruits of the Land of Israel.
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