Friday, March 22, 2024

did you know

 1) The   ספר האסופות (Talmid of the Rokeach)  writes, the reason for

saying some of the Pesukim loudly during Krias Megillah
is to make the children happy.
  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"

3) In תרגום שני on מגילת אסתר, it says, that Haman told Achashveirosh about the Yidden that they are different and have weird Minhagim. 

 The תרגום שני lists all the Minhagim, Haman complained about. 

One of them was, “On שבועות, they go on top of the Shul's roof and throw down apples.

5) The גמרא says ( Sanhedrin 64b)  "כמשוורתא דפוריא."
Rashi explains “On Purim, children made a fire  
in a pit and jumped over it.”

See דרכי משה או"ח תר"צ
6) The Chasam Sofer writes*, He has a קבלה from his Rebbe,
R. Mendele Lilig Zt"l.who had a קבלה from the שב יעקב

"Anybody who learns between the readings of the nighttime Megillah and the daytime Megillah is guaranteed to be a Ben Olam Habo".

*Drushim Vagados P.245
 7) The mothers of שרה אמינו & המן were both
named אמתלאי

8) According to most Poskim, with this week's reading of Parshas זכור, we are מקיים the מצוה דאורייתא of זכירת מעשי עמלק

Based on the שלחן ערוך או"ח תרנ"ב:ב it would be forbidden to make Kiddush (eat) before being מקיים the מצוה דאורייתא of זכירת מעשי עמלק.

The ערוך השלחן writes one may, however, drink a hot cup of coffee Shabbos morning before being מקיים a מצוה דאורייתא.

9) Unlike Ashkenazim, Sephardim never say יוצרות during Davening.
The only exception is on Shabbos Parshas זכור when even Sephardim say יוצרות.


10)  זכר זכר או זכר ולא זכר
Zechor - remember
Zaicher pronounce it Zaicher with a Tzairai
Oi Zecher - or pronounce it Zecher with a Segol
V'lo Zochor and don't pronounce it Zochor with a Komatz

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