Rare Torah Scroll to Be on Display at Nichols College

DUDLEY—A 500-year-old Torah scroll that survived the Holocaust and evacuation from Germany to Israel during World War II will be on display Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at Nichols College. Nichols is the first place in New England to host this exhibit, according to the scroll’s guardian, Ratio Christi, a nonprofit organization with more than 200 college and university chapters across the country. The exhibit will start at 7 p.m. in Daniels Auditorium on the Center Road campus. It is free and open to the public.

Richard Miller, adjunct professor in the Nichols College Graduate and Professional Studies division and Ratio Christi chapter director, will present the history and significance of the revered scroll, which is 79-feet-long and retains its dark red tint. Normally, scrolls would be contained under glass at a museum. In this exhibit, however, viewers will be invited to experience the details of the rare document—handwritten in Hebrew—using a magnifying glass. The Torah is the first five books of The Bible. (“Torah” means Bible in Hebrew.)

“The scroll is a wonderful testimony to the larger preservation of God’s word, and His people and the transmission of God’s word through His people,” according to Ratio Christi’s website.

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