web analytics
September 21, 2014 / 26 Elul, 5774
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
Apartment 758x530 Africa-Israel at the Israel Real Estate Exhibition in New York

Africa Israel Residences, part of the Africa Israel Investments Group led by international businessman Lev Leviev, will present 7 leading projects on the The Israel Real Estate Exhibition in New York on Sep 14-15, 2014.



What Do Catholic Nuns Care about the Book of Esther?

A Hebrew scribe restored a scroll of the Book of Esther (similar to the one pictured here), which tells the story of Purim, for a Catholic nun order.

A Hebrew scribe restored a scroll of the Book of Esther (similar to the one pictured here), which tells the story of Purim, for a Catholic nun order.
Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

A 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.

About the Author: www.JNS.org is an independent, non-profit business resource and wire service covering Jewish news and Israel news for Jewish media throughout the English-speaking world.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

14 Responses to “What Do Catholic Nuns Care about the Book of Esther?”

  1. Perhaps for safe keeping. We all know that the Vatican has many ancient Jewish texts, some they admit to and some they don’t.

  2. Jeff Rosner says:

    A real sign of progress would be to return the scroll to a Jewish Institution especially since it is in Hebrew.

  3. What do Catholics need with a Megilah? Just to convert us?

  4. Except Iran, I have yet to see a non-Jewish webpage that doesn't speak of the Book of Esther as some sort of fairy tale.
    That objectively confirm as authentic & with evidences the History as related in the Book of Esther, names, events, dates & cities names.
    I have yet to see a non-Jewish webpage that speak of Darius the son of Esther, who was Darius' father ? & the dates of Darius reign as Persia Emperor.
    What Darius did for the Land of Israel & Israelites ?

  5. And I Am not speaking at all about the Cyrus Cylinder

  6. Carlos Font says:

    For the second time this month I find myself agreeing with Rabbi Kolakowski. The Catholic Mass starts with a reading from the "Old Testament" I remember hearing about Mordecai and his niece Esther long ago. I just read the book of Esther and learned about Purim which starts after Shabat this weekend. I feel very confortable calling myself a Conservative Judeo-Christian Catholic.

  7. Why is it that we are always the ones helping, bending, contributing and every other is taking, taking, attempting to convert (I mean taking)?

  8. Jeff Rosner says:

    Rabbi Joseph Kolakowski: The Torah was given to the Jewish people, I wasn't aware it was given to all the nations. I don't see how a Megillah written in Hebrew by a Jewish Scribe is part of "their" bible. Does "their" bible command them to hear the Megillah being read?

  9. I pleased don,t mention katolics don.t mention islamics dont mention cristians,we have to woried about Jews nothing else maters,I big a perdfon but we have to worried aboute Jews and Toráh

  10. Sientje Seinen says:

    Jeff Rosner I agree it should be returned, as it is really a story for the Jewish people, How G-d put Esther in a certain place in order to safe the Jewish people from destruction, It show G-d 's love for the Jewish people, and it really has no message for the gentiles only G-d's love for the Jewish people by placing queen Esther so that she can plead for her people. shalom It is part of our Old testament, but the story is of G-d's love for the Jews.

  11. Sientje Seinen says:

    rabbi I certainly would not trust the pope or those nuns who think they are married to Jesus Christ. such a sad religion.

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
ISIS executioner holding British aid worker Alan Henning as a hostage.
Muslims Plead with ISIS for Life of UK Aid Worker Alan Henning
Latest News Stories
British-accented executioner for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) dubbed by the media, "Jihad John."

The ISIS terror group has released its first “feature length” film.” It’s worthy of an Oscar. Not.

ISIS executioner holding British aid worker Alan Henning as a hostage.

Unconfirmed reports from Syria claiming that ISIS has executed UK aid worker Alan Henning.

Ashkenazi Jews begin saying Selichot tonight, the week of Rosh Hashana.

Someone with a Jewish calendar must have finally realized that Wednesday night is Rosh Hashana.

Turkey has retrieved 49 citizens who were held hostage by the ISIS terror organization in Iraq, allegedly without paying ransom.

For the first time ever, Iran and China have begun joint naval drills focusing on “relief and rescue operations” in the Persian Gulf.

US Defense corporation Lockheed Martin has registered an Israeli subsidiary after opening an office in Be’er Sheva.

PM Binyamin Netanyahu and FM Yair Lapid have reportedly come to an agreement over the 2015 state budget for Israel.

A delegation of 12 Jordanian parliamentarians have cancelled a planned visit to Gaza on security grounds.

ConEd has created a series of multilingual gas safety videos for New Yorkers.

Even secular Jews are slamming Yair Lapid for a calling a press conference on Shabbat about absolutely nothing important.

An Israeli mini-drone crashed Saturday morning near Marjayoun in southern Lebanon near the border with Israel.

This Monday, starting at 4:30 p.m. ET, a rally is taking place on the steps of Lincoln Center. The rally is intended to give a voice and add faces to the ongoing furor over the Metropolitan Opera staging a wildly anti-Semitic opera, “The Death of Klinghoffer.” The opera was first staged in 1991, and is […]

The Senate has approved the ‘ISIS Bill’ to train and arm 5,000 Syrian rebels against ISIS, but the American military is hoping for more.

The two Iranians had changed the photos in the stolen passports, replacing them with their own.

The victims found the bomb, began to tinker with it, and it exploded.

More Articles from JNS News Service
Logo of the City University of New York (CUNY).

Despite the vote’s difficult timing for observant Jews, a number of pro-Israel groups also turned out to support CUNY students and faculty who opposed the resolution.

“He was part hippie, part yippie, part beatnik, and part New Age,” – Elli Wohlgelernter in a Jerusalem Post eulogy in 1994.

Group behind offensive flyers, Students for Justice in Palestine, has already been suspended by several universities

Yet another incident of Palestinian Authority officials co-opting history and misrepresenting Jesus as a Palestinian.

A report in the Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, citing sources in Lebanon, said Hezbollah is facing increasing financial pressure over austerity measures by the Iranian government since President Hassan Rouhani took office last summer, as well as strain over the terror group’s involvement in the Syrian civil war. Additionally, the report said Hezbollah is facing financial […]

If Israel sends a spacecraft to the moon, will BDS call the lunar surface “occupied territory”?

There is nothing like a war of anti-Semites against anti-Semites to encourage Aliyah. Ukrainian Jewish immigration to Israel has risen 70 percent in 2014 amid the recent political upheaval in that country. According to the Jewish Agency for Israel, 375 new immigrants from Ukraine arrived in the first three months of 2014, compared with 221 […]

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/what-do-catholic-nuns-care-about-the-book-of-esther/2014/03/11/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: