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The Megillah of Esther is
a scroll made from a parchment (made from
a kosher animal), written on by a scribe.
It contains ten chapters of text from
the Book of Esther (in Hebrew - "Megillat
Esther" (scroll of Esther)), located
in "Ketuvim" (Hagiograph). The
Megillah of Esther contains The story
of Purim. Megillot (scrolls) of varying
quality and beauty are available, some
with illustrations and crowns in them,
and some with the word "Ha-Melech"
(The King) at the beginning of each column.
Traditionally, the Megillah is written
with 11, 21 or 28 rows per column.
Megillat Esther is read twice on Purim,
the 14th day of the Jewish month of Adar.
In Jerusalem, walled-in cities, and Shushan
(in Iran, formerly Persia), Purim is celebrated
on the 15th day of Adar and hence the
Megillah is read then.
All men and women, over the ages of 13
and 12 respectively, must hear the Megillah
two times, once in the evening of Purim
and once in the next morning. Sabbath
garments are worn to the synagogue, where
the reading is held. Listeners must hear
every word of the Megillah and speech
is forbidden from the time the reader
starts the blessings until after the blessing
following the Megillah. Traditionally,
when the name of Haman (the villain of
the Purim story) is read, we "boo"
him and shake Gragers (noisemakers) to
herald his downfall.
Unlike the mitzvah of Mezuzah, which
is performed by installing it in one's
own home, the mitzvah of the Megillah
is performed through hearing the reader
recite the story of Purim from a handwritten
parchment, in an audible voice. The Mitzvah
of reading the Megillah is of Rabbinical
origin, while Mezuzah, Tefillin and Sefer-Torah
are of Biblical origin.
The mitzvah of Megillah is just one of
the seven mitzvot of Purim, a joyous day
of feasting and celebration for Jews worldwide.