Sunday, March 5, 2023

How many מגילות?


5 מגילות?

Only מגילת אסתר do Chazal
refer to as a מגילה.
Chazal never refers to the other 4 as a מגילה.

Three editions of מגילת אסתר

1) written by the Persians*
2) written by מרדכי & אסתר**
3) written by the אנשי כנסת הגדולה***

* Esther 10:2 -
The Ibn Ezra  in Hakdama writes the Persians copied theirs
from the Megilah The Mahrsha Chulin 139b seems to
hold the Persian edition was first 

**  Esther 9:29 Megilah 19a
*** Bava Basra 15a
The Brisker Rav Zt"l explains "The Megilah Mordechai wrote was
a kosher Megilah but wasn't part of כתבי הקודש The אנשי כנה"ג
rewrote it in א"י  and then became part of כתבי הקודש"

              DID YOU KNOW?

According to the רמ"א (O.Ch.147:1), It's preferable 
to be מחמיר and do נטילת ידים (wash hands)
before holding the מגילה with your hands.



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