Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Chapter 141:22
Laws of the Megillah

22. On the morning [of Purim], it is customary to come to the synagogue early. After the "Shemoneh Esrei" (1), a half-Kaddish is recited and the passage beginning "Va'yavo Amalek" (Exodus: 17:8-16) is read from the Torah. Three men are called up for the reading. A half-Kaddish is then recited, and after the Torah scroll is returned to the ark, the Megillah is read. In the morning, the passage "Asher Heini" is not recited, rather, after the blessing "Ho'el Hamoshi'a", the passage "Shoshanas Ya'akov" is recited instead. Afterwards, "Ashrei," U'vo leTzion" (2) and a full Kaddish are recited. One should not remove one's Tefillin until after the reading of the Megillah because [the Talmud in Megillah 16b] interprets the word "V'yikar" ["and glory" from Esther 8:16: "And the Jews enjoyed light, happiness, rejoicing, and glory"] as a reference to Tefillin. If there is a child to be circumcised, he should be circumcised before the reading of the Megillah, because the word "rejoicing" [in the above verse] is interpreted as a reference to the mitzvah of circumcision (3).

FOOTNOTES:

(1) We do not recite Hallel on Purim; the Talmud reasons that on Pesach it is appropriate to recite the verse from Hallel, "Hallelu Avdei Hashem" ("Sing praise, O' servants of G-d") because we were transformed from being servants of Pharaoh into servants of Hashem, however, on Purim, even though we were saved from Haman's murderous plot, we still remained servants of King Achashverosh (Mishna Berura 693:7).

(2) We do not recite the Psalm beginning with "La'menatzeach" between "Ashrei" and "U'vo Le'tzion" because it contains the word "tzarah" ("hardship") which is not appropriate to mention on Purim (Ibid 693:8).

(3) There are authorities who rule that the Megillah should be read before the circumcision (Ibid 693:12).

 

Back Paragraph 21 Table of Contents Paragraph 23 Next 

 

Halacha-Yomi, Copyright © 2004 Torah.org

 


 






ARTICLES ON SHOFTIM AND ELUL / ROSH HASHANAH:

View Complete List

Justice
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5773

Wives - Bad Influences?
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5758

Doctors and Pilots
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5766

> Shudder or Blind?
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5759

Little Things Make a Difference
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5761

Elul: A Month of Preparation
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

ArtScroll

The Limitation of Choice
Rabbi Yosef Kalatzky - 5771

Love Out of Fear
Shlomo Katz - 5760

An Opportunity Not To Be Missed
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Elul
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5755

Ant-i Lesson
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5759

Command the King
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5760

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Happy New Year!
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5762

Are We listening?
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5762

The Sounds of the Shofar
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5757

Be a New Person
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5763



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information