esther 2:17 in a Tikkun, with a notation of "*benigun*" - "with a tune"

tikkun korim simanim has verse 2:17 in Megillat Esther marked as to be done with a tune (see the picture above). What tune are they referring to?

Other verses that are marked that way:

  • The second half of 4:14
  • second half of 5:4
  • part of 5:8
  • first half of 6:1
  • many more
  • Simanim have a lot of sections marked that way.
    – Double AA
    Feb 27, 2017 at 1:08
  • What does it mean? The also have sections that are specifically marked בניגון איכה, but that is clear
    – Menachem
    Feb 27, 2017 at 1:12
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    I imagine some traditions have special tunes, not unlike how some traditions have tunes for eg. Az Yashir
    – Double AA
    Feb 27, 2017 at 1:15
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    I assume you want an audio recording of a tune that someone uses for this, right?
    – mevaqesh
    Feb 27, 2017 at 1:37
  • I have heard a special tune used for this verse. It is also used for the last verse in Chapter 1, according to most places that I have heard. I can't describe this tune unless I can locate an audio of this, somewhere.
    – DanF
    Feb 27, 2017 at 1:52

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Webyeshiva.org has a series of classes from Corey Beinhaker about reading the megilla (you have to log in to access the files, but registration is free). In the first class, about 29 minutes in, he brings a quote from a footnote in the "Piskei Teshuvot" (I'm not sure which sefer that is). That says that according to the Siddur Yaavitz and the Elyah Rabba (690:19), it means to raise your voice and continue the tune uninterrupted.

Mr Beinhaker explains that "the voice is raised and the pace is picked up and held at a constant level, both in terms of voice and pace"

He gives some examples.

These verses seem to fall into two categories. The first is "Piskei Ge'ula", verses of redemption. The second are verses or parts that hint to G-d's name.

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