The holiday of Purim celebrates G-d's saving of the Jewish people from the genocidal plot of Haman, the Persian king's prime minister.

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Questioning who is the real Achashverosh

So I am doing very much research and I am trying to find out the REAL Achashverosh, so far, there are several possible rulers of Persia that could be the real Achashverosh Can anyone of you guys ...
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Hearing Vs. Listening and Reading vs. Reciting [duplicate]

The obligation for the megillah reading is for one to read the scroll. If one cannot read it, one listens to the blessing and then listens to the reader read it. But what is the nature of "listening"?...
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Mitzva to hear Megillah Esther

My question has two parts: (1) I believe it is a mitzvah to hear the entirety of Megillat Esther twice on Purim, both at maariv and also at some point during the daytime. Is that correct? (2) would ...
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differences of phrasing in Al hanisim: Chanuka vs. Purim

We add paragraphs to the liturgy of Chanuka and Purim, recounting the respective miracles that those holidays commemorate. We start the paragraphs as follows. Chanuka's starts: In the days of ...
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Is it true that on Shabbat Purim, one holds a mock service instead of a real one?

At my synagogue this past evening, we held a Shabbat Service. However, it was not a conventional service, as after lighting the Shabbat candles and reciting Kiddush, the service basically became a ...
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Why were Haman's sons killed?

While the text explicitly states that Zeresh was involved in the plot to kill Mordechai (5:14), it never states that Haman's sons did anything wrong. If Korach's sons can end up being meritorious, why ...
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How did Esther reveal to Achashveroch that Mordechay is her husband

Avrohom ordered Sarah to say that she is his sister (he was afraid that Egyptian kill him). How was Esther not afraid that Achashverosh kills Mordechay? (Esther 8, 1[1]) She was the wife of ...
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Smoking on purim

If someone smokes only once a year, on Purim, is one allowed to do so? To be detailed, this is an adult over the age of 20, a young working professional, and will not get addicted to the one cigar.
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What does it mean practically that when reading the megila to open it as a letter to show the miracle [duplicate]

Shulchan aruch 690.17 מנהג כל ישראל שהקורא קורא ופושטה כאיגרת להראות הנס when reading the megila to open it as a letter to show the miracle How is this done?
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May one do exercise on Purim?

Purim is a Jewish holiday - however, unlike other holidays almost everything is permitted granted it's in the "spirit" of the holiday. With that being said is physical exercise permitted on Purim?
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Can we offer Mishloah manot the night of Purim

Can we offer mishloah manot the night of Purim after the reading of the Megilla? Is it allowed?
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Why is Megillat Esther the only Megillah that is still read from parchment?

Originally, all of Tanac"h was written on parchment. Thus, all 5 Megillot read during the year were read from parchment. Most minhagim that I have seen (Nusach Ahkenaz and Sefard) do not currently ...
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Why don't we break the Fast of Esther until after Megillah? [duplicate]

Aish, NJOP, and Chabad all state that it is preferable to fast until after the Megillah reading. I'm looking for sources and some background on that. Is it universally practised or an "Ashkenazi ...
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Donating to the poor ON Purim

In minyan this morning, the gabbai said that money given to the shul as matanot l'evyonim would be donated to a charity which will "distribute it to evyonim in Yerushalayim, on Purim." I live in the ...
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Are women required to keep the Fast of Esther?

I had learned that women are only required to fast on Yom Kippur and Tisha B'Av. But sometimes, women are obligated in mitzvos that they wouldn't ordinarily be expected (such as the time-bound mitzvos ...
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Difference between the words מיחייב and חייב

Rava in masheches megillah 7b famously said that one is obligated to drink until he cannot differentiate between Haman and Mordechai. My question is: Rava used the loshon of מיחייב instead of חייב. ...
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Using a gift with condition for Matanot L'Evyonim

(Related to this) I understand one can give matanot l'evyonim by way of a messenger. I was given a gift this year for Purim -- someone gave me a $5 check with the recipient space left blank and told ...
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Kiddush Levana the night of Purim

It is the night of Purim and for some reason the majority of the Shul has not yet said Kiddush Levana. Should Kiddush Levana be said prior to Megila due to "Tadur" it being more frequent? (source)
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May I change Megillot in the middle of reading Purim Megillah?

I read the majority of Megillat Esther in my shul. At night, a few teenagers like to read a few verses from the Megillah, as well. Last year, I used my personal Megillah. When one of the boys came up ...
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Matanot L'Evyonim

We must give Matanot L'Evyonim on the day of Purim. We can do it via a Shaliach. If we give to a Shaliach to use in Israel for example, If they give out the money at 8 Am it is only 1 AM in North ...
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What is the source for dressing in fancy dress on Purim?

I have searched in several sefarim for information about why we dress in fancy dress on Purim but, yet to no avail! Mishna Brurah, chaiyai Adam and the Kitzer all say to wear Shabbos clothes; they don'...
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How do Rabbis deal with meshaloch manos in terms of kedushin? [duplicate]

Since the definition of sivlonos is a man giving a gift of value to a non married woman, the mishloach manos looks like this (S.A. O.C. 695,4 in Haga). So, how do Rabbis deal with this issue in terms ...
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Hamantaschen on Purim [duplicate]

I have seen Hamantaschen discussed by the Bnai Yissoschor (early 1800), Zera Shimshon (mid 1700s). I would like to know the earliest source for eating Hamantaschen on Purim?
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Translation of Hamantasch from Oznei Haman

The Hebrew translation of the Yiddish word Hamantaschen is Oznei Haman - "Ears of Haman". Hamantaschen sounds more like "Pockets of Haman". Why the different words and meanings for the same Purim ...
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Does ordering shaloch manos before Purim fulfill the mitzvah?

I am wondering whether ordering shaloch manos for someone online actually fulfills the mitzvah of mishloach manos. This page says: To fulfill the mitzvah of Mishloach Manot, one must send it ...
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If one hears the Megillah read from a non-scroll version, has he completed the mitzvah?

If one hears the Megillah read from a chumash or the like, is he yotze the mitzvah b'dieved?
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Why do we need a separate celebration for Shushan Purim in walled cities?

Purim is celebrated on Adar 14 because that was the day the Jews rested after prevailing against their enemies. In walled cities, Shushan Purim is celebrated on the 15th because that was when the ...
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Who composed THIS melody for Shoshanat Ya'akov?

For my latest lesson video on Jewish Music Toronto, I did the song Shoshanat Ya'akov. I'm really happy with how the video came out, especially because I got to reference the Mi Yodeya community a ...
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“Halachikly Complicated” Foods (Safek Bracha)

Over the Shabbos meal we discussed the idea of sending "Halachikly Complicated" Mishloach Manos. "Halachikly Complicated" meaning foods that cannot be eaten because we have a safek what their bracha ...
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Psikim in the sons of Haman

In the listing of the sons of Haman, there's a psik after each ואת. Normally when there's a psik, we pause a little bit. However, in this case we read the entire list in one breath. With practice, ...
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Does marbeh b'simcha apply during Adar I? [duplicate]

Does the concept of mishenichnas adar marber bsimcha applies to Adar I or is it just for Adar II? It would probably depend if it is connected directly to being the month of Purim or not. Or even so ...
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Do Karaites Celebrate Purim?

Karaite Judaism recognizes the Tanakh only as its source of Jewish Law and practice. The Tanakh includes the Book of Esther. A simple reading of Esther 9:20-32 has at least some segment of Jews ...
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What is the meaning of the term יום טוב (Yom Tov)?

I did a search in Tanac"h for the term יום טוב (along with any prefixes to the term) The term appears a few times in Esther, esp. in the 2nd to last chapter. One example is: Esther 9:19: עַל־...
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Is Hanukkah a holiday or a festival? Is there a difference?

I recall hearing that Hanukkah (or maybe Purim) is a festival, rather than a holiday. Is this true? Is there a difference?
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Why don't we say al hanissim in al hamichya? [duplicate]

Al hanissim (על הניסים) is a short addition to shemoneh esrei and birkas hamazon on Chanukah and Purim; however, there is no corresponding bit that's added to al hamichya, unlike retzei (for Shabbos) ...
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What if Purim hadn't happened?

It is widely known that Purim is often compared to Yom Kippur in its level of holiness, etc. It is said that the spiritual heights to which one can rise to on Purim are essentially unparalleled at any ...
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Saying ברכת המזון with על הנסים after praying ערבית following Purim

The סעודה I was partaking in on Purim day continued well into the evening of the next day (Shushan Purim here in the US). Teffilah with a minyan was only available immediately after צאת הכוכבים, so a ...
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Can a shaliach assemble your mishloach manot for you?

I know that a shaliach (messenger) can deliver your mishloach manot. But can the shaliach also assemble it for you (under instruction for what to put in), and you'll still fulfill the mitzvah? Here, ...
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To avoid bal tashchis, halachically, should people limit the quantity of “junk food” in mishloach manot?

Each year, after Purim, I am left with mounds of candy bars, wafers, juice boxes and other junk food that no one in my family eats. It gets thrown into the garbage. Seriously, we tried one year giving ...
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What is the logic of the Shushan Purim davening and brachot? [duplicate]

Why is it that on Shushan Purim, when we do not say tachanun, we do not add the Purim paragraph to the amida or to the birchat hamazon? Why do the two not go together?
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Is Shushan Purim observed (in theory) in Shush, Iran?

Shushan, Achashveirosh's capital, is identified with the modern Iranian archaeological site of Susa. A city, Shush, has been established nearby. In modern-day Shush, (if any Jews lived there), what ...
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Does giving left-over Masholakh manot fulfill the mitzvah? [duplicate]

A person I know brings to work left-over masholakh manot for his coworkers. Often the food items have already been opened and partially eaten. Although I am sure that the guy is sincere in bringing ...
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Why hiss for Zeresh?

In every community in which I have heard Megillah, it seems customary to hiss whenever Zeresh is mentioned (in fact I have a mesorah from my father to do so). Are there any sources which mention ...
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Why is “communal” mishloach manot allowed?

I thought that to fulfill the mitzvah of mishloach manot each person must give two gifts to his friend, as it says, Esther 9:19 ומשלוח מנות איש לרעהו Last night, I got a large basket from my shul ...
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Why no addition to me'ein shalosh for Purim (and Chanukka)?

We add a paragraph to birkat hamzon for Purim (and for Chanukka). Why is there no phrase added to the me'ein shalosh (the bracha acharona) for Purim (and Chanukka)?
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“Sending” mishloach manot by serving them

The obligation on Purim is to "send" 2 foods to another person. The Mishna Brurah (Hilchot Megillah 695:4) says that one may exchange se'udah food with a neighbor and is yotzei (21) even if (and I ...
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How can a person who can't read Hebrew be yotzeh the megillah?

Jews are obligated to hear the reading of the megillah during the night and day of Purim. For someone who doesn't know how to read Hebrew, what should he do while sitting in shul and listening to the ...
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Antibiotics, Strep and Taanit Esther

Can someone with a bacterial infection, such as strep throat, but can not swallow the antibiotics dry or with minimal water, take the medicine using a full glass of water and/or dissolving the ...
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Must the Purim feast take place in a location where it's Purim?

Somebody who is obligated to keep Shushan-Purim (on 15th Adar); must they eat the Seudat Purim in a location where Shushan Purim is being celebrated? In other words, on Shushan Purim, can a ...
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Why did Haman change his mind and decide to immediately hang Mordechai?

In Esther 3:6, it states that Haman was embarrassed to harm Mordechai alone, so he casts lots to decide which date to kill the entire Jewish people. In 6:14, Haman builds a special gallows for ...