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This is a great story with a very good application at the end that should be heeded!
This magnificent find was more than I could resist, so I immediately approached it and began reading the text aloud with great enthusiasm, of course being careful in my reading so as to be as respectful as possible. However, as I rolled through the scroll, I came to a place where the scroll was stuck. Apparently, excess glue from a seam had fixed the seam to the page underneath. Naturally, I assumed it was only slightly stuck, and that if I turned gently the seam would detach from the page underneath—and detach it did. Suddenly, I heard a pop, and the scroll came apart with 1/3 of the scroll coiling up on the right roller, and 2/3s on the left. In horror, I instantly realized that I was a gentile who had just inadvertently destroyed a Torah scroll. I ran. I never returned. I moved away. I don’t believe I’ve touched a scroll since.
Moral: Don’t let your curiosity result in the careless deconstruction of the text.
לֹ֣א תֹסִ֗פוּ עַל־הַדָּבָר֙ אֲשֶׁ֤ר אָנֹכִי֙ מְצַוֶּ֣ה אֶתְכֶ֔ם וְלֹ֥א תִגְרְע֖וּ מִמֶּ֑נּוּ לִשְׁמֹ֗ר אֶת־מִצְוֹת֙ יְהוָ֣ה אֱלֹֽהֵיכֶ֔ם אֲשֶׁ֥ר אָנֹכִ֖י מְצַוֶּ֥ה אֶתְכֶֽם׃