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Israeli artist sets Guinness World Record for longest megillah scroll

Avner Moriah’s version of the Purim story is 28.03 meters long, around the length of a basketball court

A view of Moriah’s megillah spanning an entire basketball court. (Rahn Sas via JTA)
A view of Moriah’s megillah spanning an entire basketball court. (Rahn Sas via JTA)

JTA — It’s the whole megillah, and more.

This month an Israeli artist broke the Guinness World Record for longest megillah, the scroll that tells the story behind the Purim holiday.

Avner Moriah’s creation is 28.03 meters long, just about the length of a basketball court. He laid it out on a court for press photos earlier this month.

Moriah said in a statement that it took him “15 years, tens of thousands of hours of work, and more than one million brushstrokes” to complete it.

Avner Moriah said it took him 15 years to complete the “Ganze Megillah.” (Rahn Sas via JTA)

He calls it the “Ganze Megillah” — “ganze” is a Yiddish idiom for “the whole story.”

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