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The holiday of Purim celebrates G-d's saving of the Jewish people from the genocidal plot of Haman, the Persian king's prime minister.

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Why not read missing words (in Esther) from a printed copy?

Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 141:19: צבור שאין להם מגילה כשרה כדינה מכל מקום אם היא כתובה כהלכתה רק שחסרים איזה תיבות באמצעה כיון שלא חסר בה ענין אחד שלם יכולין לקרות מתוכה עם הברכות והטעות יקרא הקורא בעל ...
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What is the halachic boundary of modern day Jerusalem in regards to Purim

I would like to know what the halachic boundaries of Jerusalem are today in terms of where one would be obligated in the mitzvot of Shushan Purim.
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Mishloach Manot - why the word Manot is used specifically

What is so special about this word "Manot / Manah" that it is used for the Mitzvah of sending food to one's fellow? What are the Halachic applications that "Manot" is used and not, say, food (besides ...
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Heros of the Rabbanan Holidays and Ultimately losing out

Why is it that both Purim and Chanukah the heroes of their stories ended up losing out? That is, Esther had no Jewish descendants as she married a non-Jew (though her son was Jewish according to ...
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Using Eicha trop when learning

When leining in shul, there are a few minhagim about what gets read with the Eicha trop. This is what I've seen most often (in chronological order through the year): איכה אשא לבדי in Devarim Most of ...
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How do matanos laevyonim services work behind the scenes?

Many shuls and organizations provide a way to fulfill matanos laevyonim by giving online or sending a check made out to the organization. How does this work? Is it as simple as "you're enabling them ...
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Can a synagogue appropriate the contents of charity boxes not removed before a specified time?

There are lots of charity boxes from different organisations put out on a table in the foyer of our synagogue on Purim. The wardens have attached a note that says that boxes not taken away by the end ...
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Is there something special about being born on purim?

Since in Judaism we have a lot of things made by HaShem that have a certain influence on our lives (like the day of the week in which we were born, the month, the hour of the day that we were born on ...
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Difference in structure between Maariv Motzaei Shabbos vs. Purim and Tisha Beav

This question is for Nusach Artscroll Ashkenaz, and anyone else who follows the same sequence. I believe this includes the Ezras Torah luach. On Motzaei Shabbos, Purim, and Tisha Beav, Maariv gets (...
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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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Is there any place I can rent or borrow a Megillah from?

Specifically in or around Brooklyn, NY: I was wondering if anyone knows of a place that rents or lends out Kosher Megillos for Purim.
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Is Purim recorded in Persian/Medean records?

In the book Let My Nation Live, there are sources brought down that one of the reasons Purim was established even in spite of possible tensions with gentiles was that either way it would be recorded ...
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Why is "hanging people" such a central theme in the Megillah?

(inspired by this tweet) There's so much hanging being spoken about in Megillas Esther. Any idea as to why this is such a common theme in the Megillah? 2:23 "וַיִּתָּל֥וּ שְׁנֵיהֶ֖ם עַל־עֵ֑ץ" 5:...
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Was King Achashverosh Jewish?

In this beautiful animated interpretation of the Purim story, at the crowning of King Achashverosh, the crowd announces (as soon as the crown is put upon his head): "And he will rise upon the ...
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Difference between the words מיחייב and חייב

Rava in masheches megillah 7b famously said that one is obligated to drink until he cannot differentiate between Haman and Mordechai. My question is: Rava used the loshon of מיחייב instead of חייב. ...
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Using a gift with condition for Matanot L'Evyonim

(Related to this) I understand one can give matanot l'evyonim by way of a messenger. I was given a gift this year for Purim -- someone gave me a $5 check with the recipient space left blank and told ...
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Psikim in the sons of Haman

In the listing of the sons of Haman, there's a psik after each ואת. Normally when there's a psik, we pause a little bit. However, in this case we read the entire list in one breath. With practice, ...
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Is a video "simulcast" Megilla reading for the hearing-impaired in shul permissible?

We have a many hearing-impaired people in our shul. Even with a microphone on, there is a lot of distortion and people can't hear well. We received a PowerPoint Megilla reading CD from Our Way, a ...
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Why do we fast on Taanis Esther in particular?

I am aware that according to the Avudraham, the fast commemorates the war in the Purim story. According to this answer, why is Taanis Esther unique that we fast in memory of the war, when there are ...
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Is there a problem with wearing clothing inside-out for Purim?

In general, one should not wear clothing inside-out, as per Shulchan Aruch, OC 2:3: ידקדק בחלוקו ללובשו כדרכו שלא יהפוך הפנימי לחוץ One should be particular with his cloak to wear it properly, ...
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Megilat Ester linguistics - why inline translations?

M"E is full with "inline" translations or clarifications from Hebrew to Parsi and vice verse, for example: פור הוא הגורל הֲדַסָּה הִיא אֶסְתֵּר בחודש השנים עשר הוא חודש אדר This is pretty unusual I ...
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How old was Achashverosh in the Megillah?

I'm on a bit of a quest to contextualize the story of Purim by getting a better sense of the ages of the main characters. So far, with Mi Yodeya's help, I've explored the age of Esther, and I have ...
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How old was Haman in the Megillah?

I'm on a bit of a quest to contextualize the story of Purim by getting a better sense of the ages of the main characters. So far, with Mi Yodeya's help, I've explored the age of Esther, and I have ...
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Painting faces on Purim

I used to see people in a few places have a custom to paint (decorate) their faces on Purim. They explain it as because Hashem hid himself in the whole occasion of the story of purim and the meggilah ...
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Antibiotics, Strep and Taanit Esther

Can someone with a bacterial infection, such as strep throat, but can not swallow the antibiotics dry or with minimal water, take the medicine using a full glass of water and/or dissolving the ...
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Ikar v'tafel in Mishloach Manot?

Mishloach manot must be two foods. Is it acceptable to be one food which is often served as a condiment to the other? For example, sending a roll and chummus.
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Costumes on Purim to increase happiness

I recall seeing someone suggest that we dress up in costumes on Purim merely in order to increase the happiness on this day. Has anyone seen this?
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Why is there no Ta'anit Esther Katan?

In a leap year, Purim is marked in the second Adar. In the first Adar, the 14th is noted as Purim Katan and the day after, as Shushan Purim Katan. The implications are limited (basically) to slight ...
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Mushrooms for Mishloach Manos

Can one give Mushrooms for Mishloach Manos? Since you have to give real food and with mushrooms: 1 - You can't make an Erev Tnachmin with it. 2 - You buy it with money of Ma'aser Sheini. 3 - You ...
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Connection between Tehillim 22 and Purim?

A few years ago, I started hearing around Purim-time the song "Keli, keli, lamah azavtani" - ק-לי ק-לי, למה עזבתני, which comes from Tehillim 22:2: אֵלִ֣י אֵ֭לִי לָמָ֣ה עֲזַבְתָּ֑נִי רָח֥וֹק ...
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Parameters of neis nigleh and neis nistar?

What are the Halachic parameters and definition of a neis nistar versus a neis nigleh? For example: I heard recently from a Rav that one reason brought not to say hallel on Yom Ha’atzma’ut is that ...
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Matan (Oral) Torah on Purim details

Following this question's comments, I wondered: In what form did the Jews "receive/accept" the Oral Torah on Purim, was there some kind of a ceremony, or nation-wide event, maybe some other one-...
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What miracle(s) occurred on Purim?

This is a simple and a bit naive question. I understand that a miracle everywhere is a super natural force unexplainable by current state of science. The Purim story looks all natural, nothing truly ...
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Do the 3 Mitzvos of entering Israel apply to the Second Temple?

וכן היה רבי יהודה אומר ג' מצות נצטוו ישראל בכניסתן לארץ: להעמיד להם מלך ולהכרית זרעו של עמלק ולבנות להם בית הבחירה (Sanhedrin 20b) Rabbi Yehuda says: Three mitzvot were commanded to the Jewish ...
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Understanding lack of Hallel on Purim and most of Pessah

Hallel, six psalms (113-118) that thank and praise God, is recited on Pessah, Shavuot, Sukkot, Hanukkah and Rosh Chodesh. -But not on Purim, because the miracle did not happen in the Land of Israel, ...
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If Mordechai knew he would endanger the whole nation would he bow to Haman?

If I understand the plot correctly, the story of Haman's hatred to Mordechai and the whole Jewish people started with Mordechai disobeying the king's laws. First, did Mordechai (as a prophet) know he ...
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Mishloach Manot food to decor ratio

In the last years more and more money and effort are put on the decor of the M"M relatively to the actual food. I was wondering if any sources mention a sort of the "final ratio" of food to decor, ...
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The Names of Yehudis, Antiyochus or Yochanan Kohein Godol in the Torah

The Gemara in Chullin 139b says the following: From where in the Torah can one find an allusion to the hanging of Haman? He replied: The verse states after Adam ate from the tree of knowledge: “...
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Could someone read the megillah on Purim night over the telephone and be motzi someone in another time zone where it is already Purim morning?

As stated in THIS HEBREW ARTICLE, (I'm sure there should be English language material on the subject too), There is a machlokes (disagreement) among the poskim whether one can do Mitzvos which require ...
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Is יותר מלימודו time dependent?

The Ramma in siman 695 quotes the famous opinions that when drinking wine on Purim, one fulfills his obligation by drinking more than he usually does and going to sleep. ויש אומרים דאין צריך להשתכר ...
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Questioning who is the real Achashverosh

So I am doing very much research and I am trying to find out the REAL Achashverosh, so far, there are several possible rulers of Persia that could be the real Achashverosh Can anyone of you guys ...
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To avoid bal tashchis, halachically, should people limit the quantity of "junk food" in mishloach manot?

Each year, after Purim, I am left with mounds of candy bars, wafers, juice boxes and other junk food that no one in my family eats. It gets thrown into the garbage. Seriously, we tried one year giving ...
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Two minim for Mishloach Manos?

What is the earliest source for requiring two minim (types of food) for Mishloach Manos? The Rambam (Hil. Megillah 2:15) only requires two portions. (See Aruch HaShulchan 695:14) I know a rabbi who ...
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Why don't we say Al Hanisim on other days?

We insert Al Hanisim on Purim and Channukah and that's fine -- each holiday is marked by a miracle. But why is its use limited to those days? Why don't we add it in to bentching and davening on Pesach ...
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Matanos La'evyonim to poor from your city

I saw quoted from Rav Elyashiv (אשרי האיש או"ח ח"ג פרק מ"ו אות י"ב), Rav Nevetzhal (מציון תצא תורה ח"א אות קל"א) and Rav Wosner (קובץ מבית לוי חי"ז עמ' ק"ט) ...
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Nes Niglah vs Nes Nister

Where is the Netziv source explaining that Yetziyat Mitzrayim was a nes niglah? And what source describes purim as a nes nister? (Is there any source that talks about Moshe missing from the haggadah ...
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Why did Haman make both a lottery AND gallows to reach the 50th gate?

BH It says in the Maamer Al Kayn Karoo, 5750 that Haman [harasha] knew that according to Seder Histalshiloos, he would have no chance to [chos vishlom] win over the Yidden, since Seder Histalshiloos ...
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Where was the Sanhedrin in the Purim story?

I'm trying to understand the "chain of command" in the story of Megillat Ester, and I see Ester as a prophetess, Mordechai as a prophet and a sage but what's missing is the 70 elders - the Sanhedrin. ...
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Why Mishnah doesn't mention Halochos of Mishloach Manot, Matanot laEvionim and the Seudah?

Following my previous question on the origin of Purim Halochos, I wondered why the Mishnah doesn't mention Halochos of Mishloach Manot, Matanot laEvionim, and the Seudah and only mentions a lot of ...
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She'asa Nissim Lavoseinu | שעשה נסים לאבותינו - what did they say back then?

What was the second blessing mentioned by the Jews right after the miracle of Purim took place? If the second blessing on reading the Megillah mentions: "בימים ההם בזמן הזה" "... in those days at ...
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