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Megillah 2

By Michelle Cohen Farber / December 14, 2021 | ื™ืณ ื‘ื˜ื‘ืช ืชืฉืคืดื‘

On what days is it possible to read the Megillah? On what does it depend? Why is the law different for those who live in villages and why are they allowed to read it earlier than the dates specified in the Megillah? Where in the Megillah can one find an allusion to this? Is there…

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Megillah 3

By Michelle Cohen Farber / December 15, 2021 | ื™ืดื ื‘ื˜ื‘ืช ืชืฉืคืดื‘

Several statements made in the name of either Rabbi Yirmia or Rabbi Chia bar Abba are brought. One related to the letters in the Hebrew alphabet that have a different form when they appear at the end of a word. Was that established by the Prophets? Or earlier? Another explained who first translated the Torah…

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Megillah 4

By Michelle Cohen Farber / December 16, 2021 | ื™ืดื‘ ื‘ื˜ื‘ืช ืชืฉืคืดื‘

There are four other laws of Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi regarding Purim (in addition to the four mentioned at the end of Megillah 3): a list of a few cities that were walled from the time of Joshua, women are obligated in reading the Megillah as they too were part of the miracle, when Purim…

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Megillah 5

By Michelle Cohen Farber / December 17, 2021 | ื™ืดื’ ื‘ื˜ื‘ืช ืชืฉืคืดื‘

Is it necessary to have ten people when reading the Megillah? Does it matter if it is read on time or not? What counts as a big city for determining the date for reading the Megillah? In the cases where the date of reading the Megillah is changed, it is only pushed earlier but other…

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Megillah 6

By Michelle Cohen Farber / December 18, 2021 | ื™ืดื“ ื‘ื˜ื‘ืช ืชืฉืคืดื‘

Is the city Reket mentioned in Joshua 19:35 referring to Tiberias or is Chamat? Perhaps Rakat is Tzipori? What about Kineret? Rabbi Yochanan and Rava disagree about the identification of these cities. Zeira said that Kitron is Tzipori. However, since Kitron is in Zevulunโ€™s land and Zevulun complained that they were not given good land,…

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Megillah 7

By Michelle Cohen Farber / December 19, 2021 | ื˜ืดื• ื‘ื˜ื‘ืช ืชืฉืคืดื‘

There were questions raised about Megillat Esther – should it be written down? If so, should it be included in the canonization of the Tanach? What other books were a subject of debate whether or not to be included? Was the Megillah said with Ruach HaKodesh, inspired by the Divine Spirit? What verses can be…

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Megillah 8

By Michelle Cohen Farber / December 20, 2021 | ื˜ืดื– ื‘ื˜ื‘ืช ืชืฉืคืดื‘

The only difference between the one who vows not to benefit from another and one who vows not to benefit from one’s food is walking within the other’s territory and borrowing vessels that are not used for food preparation. Is walking through someone else’s property considered a benefit, even if it doesn’t bother the owner?…

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Megillah 9

By Michelle Cohen Farber / December 21, 2021 | ื™ืดื– ื‘ื˜ื‘ืช ืชืฉืคืดื‘

Can holy books be written in any language? According to the Mishna they can be, however tefillin and mezuzot can only be written in Ashurit script. Rabban Shimon ben Gamliel says that holy books can only be written in Greek. The Gemara infers that all these things make oneโ€™s hands impure (according to a rabbinic…

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Megillah 10

By Michelle Cohen Farber / December 22, 2021 | ื™ืดื— ื‘ื˜ื‘ืช ืชืฉืคืดื‘

What are the differences and similarities between Shilo and Jerusalem? One of the differences is that one can sacrifice in bamot after the destruction of the Tabernacle but not after the Temple is built in Jerusalem. However, Rabbi Yitzchak said that sacrifices were brought in Egypt at the Temple of Onais, Beit Chonyo, as the…

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Megillah 11

By Michelle Cohen Farber / December 23, 2021 | ื™ืดื˜ ื‘ื˜ื‘ืช ืชืฉืคืดื‘

Different rabbis would start their drashot on the Megillah from various verses from the Prophets and the Writings and connected them to the story of Purim. After mentioning various โ€œbeginningsโ€ of these drashot, the Gemara moves to the first verses of the Megillah and begins to expound on them. How can the name Achashverosh be…

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