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the biblical book of Esther

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What rule governs the varying nikkud in words מִשְׁתֶּה and מִשְׁתֵּה?

What rule governs the varying nikkud in words מִשְׁתֶּה and מִשְׁתֵּה in Megillas Ester? In Ashkenazi pronunciation this makes a difference because the first is read as "Mishte" and the second is read ...
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Did Mordechei ever tell Esther she was allowed to reveal her nationality?

Mordechai had told Esther that she can't reveal her nationality and Esther took that very seriously. Did he tell her that she was suddently allowed to reveal her nationality at the second party or did ...
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How do we learn that Esther was a prophet?

I know that tradition lists 7 women prophets, and I think Esther is listed as one of them. It is easy to see that Sarah was a prophet (for example, in Vayeira during the telling of the expulsion of ...
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Is Baal Kore allowed to drink water in the middle of reading Megillas Esther?

If the reader drinks water to lubricate his vocal cords in the middle of a megilla reading, is it considered an interruption that would require him to re-start at the beginning or is there no need to ...
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Would somebody be yotze the Megillah reading by watching it LIVE STREAMING while following from a Kosher Megillah?

On motzei shabbat, I usually watch the megillah being read from The Shul of the Seven Beggars on my computer, which, for the record had been turned on, and set up, before Shabbat following their ...
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What rule governs the nekuda under the words אֶת and אֵת? [duplicate]

What rule governs the nekuda under the words אֶת and אֵת in Megillas Ester? In Ashkenazi pronunciation this makes a difference because the first is read as "Es" and the second is read as "Eys."
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What language is called by the Gemara עברית / Ivrit and who were the עברים / Ivrim?

גמרא מגילה יח עמוד א ____________ Gemara Megilla 18a מיתיבי קראה גיפטית עברית עילמית מדית יוונית לא יצא [The Gemara is discussing languages for reading the Megilla... It is taught in a baraita: If ...
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Why is there varying vowels on proper nouns in Megillas Ester?

In Megillas Ester, several proper nouns (such as Mordechai, and Shushan) use komatz and patach interchangeably. In sefardi pronunciation this does not make much of a difference, but in ashkenazi ...
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How long does it take to learn to layn Megillas Ester? [closed]

How much time would it take to learn Megilla layning to the level of a pro with zero prior layning experience?
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What is the minimum number of lines on a klaf?

I remember hearing once that sifrey Tanach had to have a required minimum number of lines when written on a klaf and that this requirement is often not followed by those writing "parshas ketores" and ...
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What is the source for writing names of Haman's sons in a separate column?

What is the source for writing names of Haman's sons in a separate column? We see that most megillos are written this way, but where can I find halacha? Shulchan Aruch doesn't seem to be discussing it?...
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Why does the king need to extend the scepter to Esther a second time?

In Esther 8:4 it says וַיּ֤וֹשֶׁט הַמֶּ֙לֶךְ֙ לְאֶסְתֵּ֔ר אֵ֖ת שַׁרְבִ֣ט הַזָּהָ֑ב וַתָּ֣קָם אֶסְתֵּ֔ר וַֽתַּעֲמֹ֖ד לִפְנֵ֥י הַמֶּֽלֶךְ׃ The king extended the golden scepter to Esther, and ...
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Why does Achashveirosh ask who is responsible for the decree against the Jews?

In Esther 7:5 it says וַיֹּ֙אמֶר֙ הַמֶּ֣לֶךְ אֲחַשְׁוֵר֔וֹשׁ וַיֹּ֖אמֶר לְאֶסְתֵּ֣ר הַמַּלְכָּ֑ה מִ֣י ה֥וּא זֶה֙ וְאֵֽי־זֶ֣ה ה֔וּא אֲשֶׁר־מְלָא֥וֹ לִבּ֖וֹ לַעֲשׂ֥וֹת כֵּֽן׃ Thereupon King ...
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Why was Mordechai dressed in royal clothing a second time?

Esther 8:15 says וּמָרְדֳּכַ֞י יָצָ֣א ׀ מִלִּפְנֵ֣י הַמֶּ֗לֶךְ בִּלְב֤וּשׁ מַלְכוּת֙ תְּכֵ֣לֶת וָח֔וּר וַעֲטֶ֤רֶת זָהָב֙ גְּדוֹלָ֔ה וְתַכְרִ֥יךְ בּ֖וּץ וְאַרְגָּמָ֑ן וְהָעִ֣יר שׁוּשָׁ֔ן צָהֲלָ֖ה ...
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Can a woman write a megillah?

I know that a woman can't write a sefer torah. What about Megillat Esther? If a female soferet wrote a Megillah Esther, would it be kosher?
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is there some significance in their relationship between Haman and Daniel?

The Gemara says that memuchan was Haman, but in Targum Sheni it says it was Daniel. Also regarding hasach the regular Targum identifies as Daniel and says Haman killed him. My question is, is there ...
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According to Rashi, why does Esther split up her argument?

At the beginning of Esther 7, Esther makes her plea for the Jewish people. Rashi (to v. 3) makes a very interesting comment: וְעַמִּי. יִנָּתֵן לִי "בְּבַקָּשָׁתִי" שֶׁלֹּא יֵהָרְגוּ. וְאִם תּאמַר: ...
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What is so important about the Bigsan and Seresh subplot?

In the Megillah, Mordechai saves the king's life from Bigsan and Seresh, and by doing so, he ultimately gets paraded around the city by Haman. Let's say that this subplot never happened. How would ...
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Kri and Ksiv in Megila

Why is it by some of the kri and ksivs in the megilla - like Memuchan and kiblu, we just say the Kri and other ones I've seen some actually say both the kri and the ksiv - the Baal Koreh reads be-...
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Why did Esther's handmaidens fast?

In Esther 4:16, Esther instructs Mordechai: צ֣וּמוּ עָ֠לַי וְאַל־תֹּאכְל֨וּ וְאַל־תִּשְׁתּ֜וּ שְׁלֹ֤שֶׁת יָמִים֙ לַ֣יְלָה וָי֔וֹם גַּם־אֲנִ֥י וְנַעֲרֹתַ֖י אָצ֣וּם כֵּ֑ן Fast for me; do not eat ...
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Why does the Targum switch the order when identifying Memuchan and Hasach?

Targum on Esther identifies Memuchan as Haman (in 1:16): ממוכן הוא המן Memuchan, who is Haman Yet on 4:5, when he identifies Hasach as Daniel, he switches the order: דניאל דמתקרי התך ...
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Ahashverosh and the Jews

Megillat Esther says that Mordecai advised Esther not to tell anybody at court she was Jewish. But when Esther finally tells the king, after Haman is executed, his reaction shows no negative feelings ...
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Capital punishment in Persia

This is not a Purim joke. Translations of the Book of Esther say the king sentenced people to be "hanged". But modern translations (including Sefaria) say they were "impaled". They translate "ha-...
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Proof of Divine Inspiration in Megillas Esther

The Talmud (Megillah 7a) tries to prove that Megillas Esther was composed with Divine Inspiration: It has been taught: R. Eleazar said: Esther was composed under the inspiration of the holy ...
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Is speaking during the megilla meakev?

If someone isn't following inside, "spaces out" a bit and, during the pause after the first perek, mistakenly started to say the pasuk "ish yehudi..." If that person only said these two words and ...
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Why is Haman vague?

In Esther 3:8, Haman describes a group of people in vague terms. He doesn't specify the Jews. Why not? Related to this, does Achashverosh have any clue to what he's referring to? Or, does it not ...
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Why was Achashverosh so angry about Haman's plot?

In Megilas Esther 7:4, Esther tells Achashveros that someone is planning on wiping out her people: כִּי נִמְכַּרְנוּ אֲנִי וְעַמִּי, לְהַשְׁמִיד לַהֲרוֹג וּלְאַבֵּד; וְאִלּוּ לַעֲבָדִים ...
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When is the “main” mitzvah of hearing the Megillah?

If someone has a choice of hearing the Megilla read either at night or during the day, (e.g. the person is disabled and can't make it to a shul, and no one can come to read both times) but not both, ...
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Bringing your own Megilah to shul [duplicate]

I notice that some people like to bring "their own" Megila to shul. What is the reason for this? If they miss a word hear and there, they can always read it from a chumash, since one may read up to ...
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Difference between מלכו and מלכותו

I was wondering what the difference in meaning (and thus, in the interpretation of Pesukim in the Megillah, as well as various Pesukim in Tanach) between למלכו and למלכותו, specifically according to ...
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What type of case is best for a Megillah?

I have a century-old Megillah (Esther) that, B"H is in quite good shape. I'd like to buy a case for it. Obviously, I don't use the megillah often during most of the year. Around the beginning of ...
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What does Mishneh Torah mean when it says all books of Prophets and Writings will be anuled in the times of the Messiah?

Mishneh Torah Scroll of Esther and Hanukkah 2:18 "All the books of the Prophets and all the Writings will be annulled in the days of the Messiah, apart from Megillat Esther. It will continue to be ...
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What are the parameters of “one should not return a ruinous report”?

The gemarah in Megillah (15a) states: “And they told Esther’s words to Mordecai” (Esther 4:12), but he, Hathach himself, did not go to tell him directly. The Gemara explains: From here we see that ...
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Why didn't Mordechai accept the clothes sent by Esther?

Esther 4:1-5 states When Mordecai learned all that had happened, Mordecai tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes. He went through the city, crying out loudly and bitterly, until he came in ...
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Would Mordechai have to check the king's clothing for shatnez?

In Esther 6:11 Mordechai was dressed in the royal clothing. Did Mordechai have to ascertain whether or not the clothes contained shatnez or was he allowed to wear them without checking?
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Why did Mordechai push to have Esther visit Achashveirosh at that time?

Mordechai seems to push Esther to entreat Achashveirosh right after telling her about Haman's decree (Esther 4:14) אִם־הַחֲרֵ֣שׁ תַּחֲרִישִׁי֮ בָּעֵ֣ת הַזֹּאת֒ רֶ֣וַח וְהַצָּלָ֞ה יַעֲמ֤וֹד ...
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Leining Megillat Esther with Voices

I know someone who, when leining Megillat Esther, they use a different voice for each character, and while their leining they speak in a tone of voice which represents how they believe the character ...
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Trop on the word וְעַם in Megillat Esther 4:11

In Esther 4:11, the pasuk tells us כָּל־עַבְדֵ֣י הַמֶּ֡לֶךְ וְעַם־מְדִינ֨וֹת הַמֶּ֜לֶךְ. In different versions of the megillah, I have either seen no trop mark on the word וְעַם oir seen a telisha ...
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Sefer Tehillim and Megillas Esther

Chazal give the following list of names for books of Tanach (Bava Basra 14b): סידרן של כתובים רות וספר תהלים ואיוב ומשלי קהלת שיר השירים וקינות דניאל ומגילת אסתר עזרא ודברי הימים The order of ...
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Improper use of the word ותאמר in Megillat Esther 5:14

The pasuk in Megillat Esther 5:14 tells us that וַתֹּ֣אמֶר לוֹ֩ זֶ֨רֶשׁ אִשְׁתּ֜וֹ וְכָל־אֹֽהֲבָ֗יו. The word וַתֹּ֣אמֶר means and she said, so the pasuk would be grammatically correct if only Zeresh ...
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Why does the megillah change the order of Esther not telling her nation or birthplace

In Megillat Esther 2:10 the pasuk tells us that לֹא־הִגִּ֣ידָה אֶסְתֵּ֔ר אֶת־עַמָּ֖הּ וְאֶת־מֽוֹלַדְתָּ֑הּ, Esther didn't tell her nation or birthplace. However, a few pesukim later in 2:20, we learn ...
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Megillat Esther - Explain the different documents issued to publish royal laws

I noticed that Megillat Esther mentions two types of documents used to proclaim royal edicts. In Esther 1:22 the term ספרים is used to inform people that every man should be the ruler of his ...
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Why do we need to know שעשגז's name?

Why does מגילת אסתר make a point of telling us that the סריס המלך שומר הפילגשים was called שעשגז?
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Why כאשר אבדתי?

On the verse of Megilas Esther (4:16) אשר לא כדת וכאשר אבדתי אבדתי the Talmud (Meg 15a) says that Esther said, she was going to "violate the Law, because now she was going to intentionally" having ...
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Haman decreeing against circumcision

The gemara implies that after the Jews were victorious they restarted the mitzvah of circumcision which Haman decreed against. Are there any other source-based indications that Haman had made such ...
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Esther stay married to achashveiros

Why did Esther stay married to achashveirosh and have a child with him after the Jewish people were saved?
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Other mitzvos hayom before megilla

When making the blessing shehecheyanu before the megilla, one should have in mind that the blessing should cover the other mitzvos of Purim. But what if the megilla reading will be later, and one ...
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Why use “nadedah”?

"On that night the king's sleep stayed away from him" (Esther 6:1 - translation follows Radak). Why does the passuk use a lashon of nadedah, "stay away," instead of the more simple wording, "On that ...
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Why didn't Mordechai kill Haman?

Some background: It is a mitzvah to destroy Amalek (Rambam mitzvah #188, Chinuch mitzvah 604). The Chinuch seems to understand that this is both a mitzvah upon the Jewish people and upon every ...
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Why didn't Mordechai bow?

Tosfos in AZ 3a (DH Shelo Histachavu L'Tzelem) brings several proofs that Nevuchadnetzar's statue could not have been Avodah Zarah, and bowing to it would have been considered merely showing honor: ...