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MEGILAH 19 (3 Av) - dedicated l'Iluy Nishmas Reb Aharon Dovid ben Elimelech Shmuel Kornfeld (Muncasz/Israel/New York), who passed away on 3 Av 5761, by his daughter, Diane Koenigsberg, and family. May his love for Torah and for Eretz Yisrael be preserved in all of his descendants.


1. There is a dispute about the minimum amount of the Megilah one must read on Purim to fulfill the Mitzvah.
2. The Gemara explains the position of each of these opinions (#1).
3. The Gemara rules that the entire Megilah must be read.
4. A Megilah must be written without being attached to other Sefarim, in order to be valid for the public reading.
5. There is a dispute about whether a minor may read the Megilah for the congregation.


1. Rebbi Meir: One must read all of it. Rebbi Yehudah: One must read from "Ish Yehudi." Rebbi Yosi: |One must read from "Achar ha'Devarim ha'Eleh." Rebbi Shimon ben Yochai (in a Beraisa): One must read from "ba'Lailah ha'Hu."
2. For example, according to one explanation, each of the four opinions above has a different interpretation of the verse, "And Esther the queen wrote all of the strength...." This could refer to either the strength of Achashverosh, Mordechai, Haman, or the miracle, and according to each opinion this is the part that must be read in the Megilah.
3. The Gemara adds that even the other opinions agree that the entire Megilah must be written in order for one to read the minimal amount and fulfill the obligation.
4. However, if a Megilah is written on the same parchment as other Sefarim, it may be used by an individual to fulfill his obligation of reading Megilah if he is not reading with the public.
5. Tana Kama: A minor may not read for the congregation. Rebbi Yehudah: He may read for them.

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