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The book of Hebrew Scriptures (Song of Solomon, Ruth, Lament, Ecclesiastes, and Esther), intended for reading on certain significant Jewish days. The scroll of Esther or Megillah is sung in the synagogue in the evening and the next morning. This last of the five scrolls are called Ketuvim. Megillat Esther tells the story of the salvation of the Jews of the Persian Empire. It is the most important of the five scrolls, it is read publicly, and therefore it is very popular.
Every Jewish family should have a Megilla
Traditionally Books of Esther are read twice: in the evening, after Amida’s prayer for the ministry of Ma’ariv and before Alein, and in the morning. The Megillah is read from a parchment scroll, written in the same way as Thor – by hand, with a quill pen. Before reading, it is customary to unwind the scroll and fold it so that it looks like a regular letter, which resembles the history of the great liberation. If there is no such scroll, members can read the Esther Book from the printed text without accompanying blessings.
Some laws of reading a book:
- A person is obliged to hear Megillah reading – once at night and again the next day.
- Men, women, and children from 6 years old are required to hear the Megilla.
- Just before the blessings are read, an announcement must be made that the reader must fulfill the obligation of the meeting.
- Listeners can sit everywhere and in public reading, the reader should stand.
- Three blessings are recited before reading.
- At the mention of the name Haman all should make noise
- The collection traditionally reads aloud the four verses of the atonement of Mordechai yatza, Ish Yehudi, LaYehudim haysa ora, and Ki Mordechai HaYehudi.
- It is forbidden to talk while reading.
- Some Jews have the custom of shaking the Megillah by uttering the words “ha-iggeres hazos”.
- After reading the Megillah, a blessing is pronounced and Thanksgiving to God for salvation.
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