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The Halacha is that those who live in a city that was walled in the times of Yehoshuah reads on a different day. The question is why from Yehoshuah (Joshua) when the commentaries explain it they speak of the respect for Israel as the occasion occurred when the land of Israel lay in ruins hence we focus one aspect of the Meggilah on Yehoshuah the question again is why not just say from the begining of the capturing of Israel why mention Yehoshuah ?

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The halakha is more accurately a city that was walled in the times of Yehoshua whether or not it is walled still today; and a walled city today does not apply had it not been walled in the times of Yehoshua. –  Aman Feb 27 '12 at 13:07
    
@Aman sorry you are right big mess up on my part –  simchastorah Feb 27 '12 at 13:08
    
Can you source that it actually says 'yehoshua' and that that is not just a later convention about the way we speak about it? –  Double AA Feb 27 '12 at 17:13
    
@DoubleAA, it's the first mishna in M'gila. –  msh210 Feb 27 '12 at 21:25
    
@msh210 why the change of transliteration (out of curiosity)? –  Shmuel Brin Feb 28 '12 at 3:10

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Bartenura (to Megillah 1:1) says that it is associated with Yehoshua because he was the first to wage war against Amalek. Indeed, G-d directs Moshe there to "write this as a memorial in the book and place it in the ears of Yehoshua" - the Gemara (Megillah 7a and 18a) explains that this phrase refers, among other things, to the Megillah.

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