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Why does the Megillah say "It happened in the days of Ahasuerus" — and not,"... in the days of Mordechai and Esther?"

The Megillah (Esther 1:1) begins: ויהי בימי אחשורוש... - It happened in the days of Ahasuerus... Why doesn't it say instead, it happened in the days of Mordechai and Esther, or after the Destruction ...
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The 10th Month Is Obviously Teves!

In Megilah 13a - we bring down a פסוק from the מגילה which says: “So Esther was taken to King Ahasuerus into his royal house in the tenth month, which is the month Tevet” (Esther 2:16). Why did the ...
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How did the whole world know about אסתר's beauty?

In Megilah 13a it says all the nations of the world knew that אסתר was beautiful? How did they even know who אסתר is? Let alone, her beauty!
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How are *kri uksivs* marked in a Megillah/klaf that has vowels?

Chayei Adam brings down (155:14) that technically yes, one could take a handwritten Megillas Esther, add in the vowels and cantillation marks, and it would still be kosher: ואין לעשות בה נקודות או ...
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Conditions for reciting על מקרא מגילה and שהחיינו on non-Esther megillot

Many today have the practice (usually following the Gra — see Maaseh Rav 175) of blessing על מקרא מגילה when reading Shir HaShirim, Ruth, Eicha, and Ḳohelet from a kosher scroll on Pesaḥ, Shavuot, ...
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Reciting Shehecheyanu on other Megillot

Ma'aseh Rav 175 records the following practice of the Gra regarding reading Shir HaShirirm on Pesach, Kohelet on Sukkot and Rut on Shavu'ot: the reader makes two blessings beforehand, 'al mikra ...
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Timing of reading the 5 Megillot

I am referring to public reading - Nusach Ashkenaz. (Other nuscha'ot, perhaps, may vary). Megillot Shir Hashirim (Song of Songs), Ruth, and Kohelet (Eclessiastes) are read in the morning only. ...
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End of Chapter Trope in Megillah [duplicate]

It is a common custom of many baalei keriah (public readers of scripture) to do a special Trope for the end of every chapter in a Megillah (listen e.g. here at ~13 minutes). Given that, historically, ...
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Chapter Endings while Leining Megillot

Inspired by this question. It seems to be a common minhag to have a special trope for the end of a chapter when leining the megillot. I have seen this done in my shul, have done it myself, and also ...
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