Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Chapter 141:18
Laws of the Megillah

18. [On Purim], a congregation that does not have a reader who is able to recite the Megillah with the correct tune, may have someone read the Megillah without the tune, as long as he reads the words correctly, such that the meaning is not altered. If, for example, instead of the words "And Mordechai WAS SITTING" ("Yo'sheiv"), he were to read "[And Mordechai] SAT" ("Yo'shav"), even post facto ("Bedi'avad") the mitzvah has not been fulfilled (1).

[In a situation where the reader doesn't know how to pronounce the words without the vowels, and doesn't know the correct tune], one may write the vowels and cantillation marks in the Megillah scroll so that he can read correctly, since it is an urgent situation ("Sha'as Ha'dechak"); [inserting the vowels and cantillation marks onto a kosher Megillah] is better than having someone first read each sentence in an undertone from a [non-kosher Megillah, such as a] Chumash [so that the reader will know how to read the kosher scroll correctly]. This is because even though he is reading in an undertone, the person [assisting the reader by] reading from the Chumash will not be able to concentrate ("Le'kaven Da'atoh") in a way that allows him to hear [all the words] from the one reading [from the kosher scroll]. Consequently, he will have read only from the Chumash, and will not have fulfilled his obligation (2). If this did happen, [the one who assisted the reader] will have to hear the Megillah again from a kosher scroll.

FOOTNOTES:

(1) In such a case, the Megillah must be re-read from the place the mistake was made, but a new blessing is not said. This rule also applies if an entire word was omitted (Biur Halachah 690:14).

(2) In order to fulfill the obligation, one must read the Megillah, or hear it being read, from a kosher scroll.

 

Back Paragraph 17 Table of Contents Paragraph 19 Next 

 

Halacha-Yomi, Copyright © 2004 Torah.org

 


 






ARTICLES ON LECH LECHA:

View Complete List

Take the Initiative!
Shlomo Katz - 5774

Cloudy Vision
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5768

To The Place G-d Will Show Us
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5762

ArtScroll

Worthy of the Brocha!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5770

Use Them or Lose Them
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5757

Enduring Lesson
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5759

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Avraham Initiated The 2000 Years of Torah
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5766

Outsiders
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5756

The Perfect Covenant
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5765

> Connoisseur's Delight
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5762

He Thinks Highly of You
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5775

The Mind's Eye
Rabbi Label Lam - 5772

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Jews vs. Judaism
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5763

Rabbi Frand on Parshas Lech Lecha
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5770

From Egypt to Israel
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5766

Case Closed
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5760



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information