the holiday of Purim

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Megilah or Havdalah, which is done first? Why?

When Megilah reading is Motza'ei Shabbos (Saturday Night) what is said first, Havdalah or Megilah and why?
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“The drinking was according to doctrine, no forcing.” — Forcing to drink, or forcing to stop drinking?

The party is described at the beginning of the book of Esther as having drinking with "ein oness" -- "there was none forcing." I'd always heard (assumed?) that meant no one would force you to drink ...
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In the book of Esther, was Haman plotting to kill/overthrow Ahasueros?

At first reading, Haman is very powerful and wants to use that power to kill the Jews, but he's not actually interested in harming his boss, King Ahasueros ("Achashveirosh" to most of us), in any way. ...
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Shehechiyanu on Mishloach Manos and Matonos L'Evyonim

When we say Shehechiyanu in the morning by Kriyas HaMegila they announce in my Shul to have in mind the Mitzvos HaYom of Mishloach Manos, Matonos L'Evyonim, and Seudas Purim. Can you give Mishloach ...
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Where did the “different bracha for mishloach manos” idea come from?

Rambam and Shulchan Aruch say you can send two types of meat as mishloach manos on Purim. Yet somehow I (and many other people, apparently) were taught that the two different items have to be in two ...
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Can Purim Torah be heretical?

How far can one go with Purim Torah? Can one descend into heresy, so long as it is known that one is not serious?
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Halachos of an Aveil with Mishloach Manos

The Rama in Orach Chaim 696:6 says we do not send Misloach Manos to an Aveil (mourner). The way people send is to send it to the family, rather than directly to the Aveil. If you do not know anyone ...
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Megilah Chumash Riddle [closed]

Which four people’s names from the Chumash also come up as names in Megillas Esther?
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Masser for Matanos Levyonim

Can you use Masser for matanos l’evyonim?
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Matanos Levyonim before Purim

Can you give matanos l’evyonim before Purim? Shalach Manos? on the Night of Purim?
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Wives and daughters and the Mitzvos of Purim

Can a married woman rely on her husband for the mitzvos of Purim of Shalach Manos and Mattanos Levyonim (I recall somthing about Ishto Kigufo)?
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Machtzis Hashekel WHEN

When are we supposed to give machtzis Hashekel exactly and Why is the custom to give machtzis hashekel before Purim?
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How big was a traditional hamentash?

When shopping these days, it appears that a "normal hamentash" is about 2 inches or more per side, and "mini hamentashen" are about 1" per side. Is it just me, or did it used to be that the 1" ones ...
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Why do we not say Hallel on Purim?

Why do we not say Hallel on Purim?
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Etymology of “Grager”

What is the Etymology of “Grager”? Grager is the noisemaker we use on Purim during the Megila when Haman's name is read.
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Memuchan, Hasach, Daniel

Daniel seems to play a significant role in the Megila. The Medrash says that Memuchan was Daniel. It is also mentioned that Hasach was Daniel. Interesting to note is that the Gematria of Daniel and ...
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Why does the book (Megillah) of Esther never use the Hebrew word “armon” for palace?

It talks about the capital and "the king's house", but never uses the Hebrew word for "palace", "armon", as appears in Psalms and elsewhere. (Or does it appear and I missed it?) Why not?
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Purim donation card sources

What are some organizations that produce "Money was donated for Matanot Le'evyonim in your honor in lieu of Mishloach Manot" cards, with national, international, or Israeli scope?
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Tannis Esther reason

Why do we fast on Tannis Esther? In memory of what historical occurrence?
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Does a home megilla reading require separate seating (or a mechitza) between men and women?

Occasionally people hold additional megillah readings in someone's home on Purim. Assuming there's no prayers other than the megillah reading and its associated brachas, must/should there be a ...
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Matanos L'Evyonim on Purim

How much is the proper amount to give for Matanos L'Evyonim?
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Costumes On Purim

Why is there a Minhag to dress up in costumes on Purim?
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HamanTashen - 3 cornered cookies

Why are 3 cornered cookies called HamanTashen?
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How did the Sages know that Jerusalem had a wall in the times of Joshua?

The criterion for whether a city celebrates Purim on 14 Adar or Shushan Purim on 15 Adar is whether it was walled in the times of Joshua (about 3300 years ago). (Well, Shushan itself is an exception, ...
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Possessions on a tree where Hung

In Maoz Tzur we say: רֹב בָּנָיו וְקִנְיָנָיו עַל הָעֵץ תָּלִיתָ Did we really hang his (Haman's) possessions on a tree?
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Al Hanisim or V'Al Hanisim

There seems to be different Nuschaos regarding Al Hanisim. Some say Al and some say V'Al. What is the difference and what do most Halachic authorities recommend.
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All about Kreplach

Many people eat Kreplach on Purim, Erev Yom Kippur, and Hoshanah Rabah. These 3 days are considered like hidden Yomim Tovim, as work is technically allowed. They are also days that we Klap. On Purim ...
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Reading multiple versions of words in Megilla and Zachor

Why do many Ashkenazic congregations repeat (at least a portion of) the last verse (Devarim 25:19) of Parashat Zachor twice, once saying "zeikher" and the other "zekher" (flipping the first vowel from ...
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Why do we honor Charvona, specifically?

The song we sing after reading the Megilla on Purim, "Shoshanat Yaakov," concludes with "and may Charvona also be remembered favorably." According to the Megilla (Esther 7:9), all Charvona did was, ...
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What would you really, actually like to receive (give?) for Mishloach Manot on Purim?

Let's put it this way: what would you actually like to receive in your Mishloach Manot on Purim? (I'm trying to figure out what to put in there would actually be most appreciated?) I feel like ...
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How to deal with the parts of the Torah reading that are pre-empted by the congregation

Sometimes, our traditional approach to the reading includes having the congregation recite a short section of the reading aloud before the Torah reader does it, and then he follows. The most ...