Here is the source that you should make noise at the mention of Haman's name.

However, as I was listening to the Megillah this year it occurred to me how counterproductive it is as an act of erasing Amalek, as this ends up requiring the reader to repeat Haman's name so that everyone will hear it. So it amounts to increasing the mention of Amalek.

Are there any sources that say specifically not to make noise for Haman's name, for this reason?

  • Yes Rav Henkin held if it is disruptive it would not be done
    – sam
    Commented Mar 18, 2014 at 19:15
  • @sam Thank you. I finished with the words "for this reason" to rule out that reason. Commented Mar 18, 2014 at 19:16
  • 1
    The idea of wiping out the name of amelek also has to do with the remembrance of amelek,you can't have one without the other one,it is not a stirah to hear hamans name again because it is another opportunity to remember what amelek did.
    – sam
    Commented Mar 18, 2014 at 19:39
  • @sam well you aren't doing very much wiping out of the latter mention. I don't think we go around putting up Amalek reminders and not destroying them so there will be more Amalek remembrance. Commented Mar 18, 2014 at 19:45
  • 1
    I am just addressing you statement of being counterproductive,we bang to wipe out the name but there is a technical problem of hearing every letter so they repeat the word in order to fulfill the mitzvah,I don't see an issue with it.
    – sam
    Commented Mar 18, 2014 at 19:51

2 Answers 2


According to the Ezras Torah Luach, 5774 Edition, pp. 101-102:

Rav Henkin noted that the Reading of the Megillah, both at night as well as in the morning, is an obligation incumbent upon every man and woman. Therefore, the reader must have a powerful voice that can be heard by everyone. He must read very precisely, without swallowing any words or even letters. For if anyone misses hearing even one word, he does not fulfill his obligation. Because of the noise that is made after the mention of Haman, many people do not hear the words, and thus fail to perform a Biblical ( מדברי קבלה ) commandment. Those who initiated this custom of making noise at the mention of Haman's name, had the pure intentions of performing the Mitzvah in a superior fashion. But, today the interest is only in wanton levity and unruly conduct that is always prohibited. The Sefardim have a custom of making noise only at the mention of Haman during the singing of Shoshanas Yaakov, after the Reading of the Megillah is already over. This is a fitting custom that should be universally adopted. However, during the reading of the Megillah, we should tolerate no noise-making.

  • 1
    I'm not sure this answers the question, which sought, very specifically, a source for not banging because doing so would cause the reader to repeat the name and that'd be increasing the mention of Amalek, precisely the opposite of what is intended by the banging.
    – msh210
    Commented Mar 19, 2014 at 0:53
  • Fair enough. [15]
    – Seth J
    Commented Mar 19, 2014 at 1:03
  • Sefaradim say Shoshanas Yaakov?
    – 147zcbm
    Commented Apr 3, 2015 at 20:40

The Chabad custom is to stomp feet instead of making noise with one's voice and/or noisemakers. In my experience, this makes it easier to hear the recitation. I'm not sure if that is the reason for the custom, or where the custom originates.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .