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Purim Journal

Rashei and R' HaYeshiva
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Purim Megilla

Dedicated in memory of Rav Achiad Ettinger HY"D.
May HaKadosh Barukh Hu have mercy upon His people and upon His land.


The Obligation of Women in Megilla Reading, Harav Baruch Gigi

 The Challenge of Amalek, Based on a sicha by Harav Mosheh Lichtenstein

Is Purim a Yom Tov? An Analysis of Simchat Purim, By Rav David Brofsky


Audio files on Purim

HaRav Yaakov Medan - Megiilat Esther - complete series in Hebrew

HaRav Yaakov Medan Kriat Megilla Purim 5772

HaRav Aharon Lichtenstein zt"l - Sippur HaMegilla - Sicha in Hebrew - 42 minutes

HaRav Aharon Lichtenstein zt"l - La'asot Kirtzon Ish VaIsh - Sicha in Hebrew - 1 hour 10 min [missing first min]

HaRav Aharon Lichtenstein zt"l - Sicha given on Ta'anit Ester 5757 - 1 hour 40 minutes


Purim Archives

HaRav Yehuda Amital zt"l Reading the Megilla Before Sundown
HaRav Aharon Lichtenstein zt"l The Need for a Quorum of Ten for Megila Reading
Rav Shlomo Brin Sending Shemitta Fruits as Mishloach Manot
Rav David Brofsky The Purim Meal
Rav David Brofsky Inebriation on Purim
Rav David Brofsky Matanot La-evyonim and Mishloach Manot
Rav David Brofsky When, Where and How to Read the Megilla
Rav David Brofsky The Berakhot Recited Before and After the Megilla Reading
Rav David Brofsky Women’s Obligation in Megilla Reading
Rav David Brofsky The Laws of Remembering Amalek
Rav David Brofsky Ta'anit Esther
Rav David Brofsky Shushan Purim, Why? Who? Where?
Rav Mordechai Friedman A Selection of the More Practical Laws of Purim
HaRav Baruch Gigi "And By Night I Have No Rest" Reading the Megilla at Night
Rav Yair Kahn Adar Alef and the Holiday of Purim
Rav Elyakim Krumbein The Mitzva of Megilla - To Read, Not to Write
Rav Shlomo Levy The Torah Reading of Purim
Rav Yosef Zvi Rimon A Concise Guide to the Laws of Purim Meshulash
Rav Yosef Zvi Rimon Purim Pranks
Rav Doniel Schreiber Purim as Divrei Kabbala
Rav Avihud Schwartz Matanot Le-Evyonim: Gifts for the Poor
Rav Binyamin Tabory Halakhic Issues Raised by the Leap Year
Rav Binyamin Tabory The Reading of the Megilla during the Day and at Night
Rav Moshe Taragin The Relationship between the Two Days of Purim
Rav Moshe Taragin The Unique Status of Ta'anit Esther
Rav Moshe Taragin How Many Purims: The Question of Early Megilla Reading
Rav Moshe Taragin The Mitzva of Mishloach Manot
Rav Moshe Taragin Adar I and Purim Katan
Rav Moshe Taragin The Two Readings of the Megilla


HaRav Yehuda Amital zt"l Purim and the Sin of Amalek
HaRav Yehuda Amital zt"l Preparation and Spontaneity
HaRav Yehuda Amital zt"l Purim in the Teachings of the Maharal
HaRav Aharon Lichtenstein zt"l "The Meaning of Ta’anit Esther"
HaRav Aharon Lichtenstein zt"l The Dispute Between Mordekha and the Sanhedrin
HaRav Aharon Lichtenstein zt"l Learning from Esther
HaRav Aharon Lichtenstein zt"l Purim -A Day of Community
HaRav Aharon Lichtenstein zt"l Who Was Mordekhai?
HaRav Aharon Lichtenstein zt"l Esther's Moral Development - And Ours
HaRav Aharon Lichtenstein zt"l The Sin at the Root of the Purim Story
HaRav Mosheh Lichtenstein The Haftara of Shabbat Zakhor: Shaul and Amalek
HaRav Mosheh Lichtenstein Purim: Holiday of Covenant and Salvation
Harav Yaakov Medan Purim and Yom Kippur
Harav Yaakov Medan "But Mordechai Did Not Bow"
Rav Ezra Bick Purim - A Holiday in Disguise 
Rav Yitzchak Blau The Wildness of Purim
Rav Yitzchak Blau Accusing Achashverosh
Rav Eliyahu Blumenzweig The Joy of Adar
Rav Itamar Eldar Purim - The Holiday of Exile
Rav Itamar Eldar Purim in Chassidic Thought: "Until He Doesn't Know"
Rav Uziel Friedlich "Shout for Joy, All You That Are Upright in Heart,"
Rav Yonatan Grossman "Mordekhai Did Not Bow"
Rav Yosef Zvi Rimon  God's War With Amalek - Through Yosef, Yehoshua and Mordekhai 
Rav Yehuda Shaviv The "Menucha" (Resting) of Purim
Rav Elchanan Samet The Mitzva to Destroy Amalek and Our Moral Qualms
Rav Moshe Taragin Language, Letters and Liberty


Megillat Esther  
HaRav Mosheh Lichtenstein Megillat Esther and Our Educational Dilemma
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun The Upside Down World of Megillat Esther
Rav Yoel Bin-Nun The Exchange of Letters at the End of Megillat Esther
Rav Yitzchak Etshalom Where is God in the Megilla
Rav Yonatan Grossman The Mystery of the Disappearing Servant: On the Pivotal Dialogue between Mordekhai and Esther
Rav Yonatan Grossman The Structure of the Book of Esther
Rav Yonatan Grossman Did Achashverosh Know of Haman's Decree?
Rav Yonatan Grossman The Hidden Background of Megillat Esther
Rav Yonatan Grossman Feasting and Fasting in Megillat Esther
Rav Yonatan Grossman
and Rav Dr. Yehoshua Reiss
Insights into Megillat Esther
Rav Menachem Liebtag Megillat Ester, Its 'Hidden' Message
Rav Asher Meir Mordekhai, the Jew of Shushan
Rav David Nativ The Historical Framework of Megillat Esther
Rav Mordechai Sabato "He Makes Nations Great and Destroys Them" – The Turning Point of the Megilla
Rav Avraham Shama Why Did Esther Hide Her Identity?
Rav Michael Taragin Is Megillat Esther Patterned After a Sefer Torah

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