reading from a Torah scroll

The Torah is traditionally written on parchment, which is rolled, rather than using newer techniques such as paper, book binding and printing presses. The Torah scroll is treated with respect, and in some ways almost as you would treat an honored person. It is dressed in fancy garments...

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symbolic use of the Torah scroll from this wiki

The Torah scroll is so central to Judaism, and to Jews, "the people of the book", that it is sometimes used as a symbol of Judaism.