The ubiquitous custom of “unfolding” our proverbial Purim scroll, rather than using it in its organic rolled position seems rather odd and unwieldy. The spreading of the scroll is justified by “it’s supposed to be a letter.” But what exactly does that mean, and what is it meant to accomplish. Careful tracing and cross-referencing of early sources lead us to a fascinating thesis, which is subsequently augmented with a seemingly unrelated Biblical concept related to ancient Temple service. And, in the end it all makes perfect sense!

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