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Megillat Esther, “The Scroll of Esther,” is a firsthand account of the events of Purim, written by the heroes themselves—Esther and Mordechai. By special request of Esther to the Sanhedrin, the Megillah was included as one of the 24 books of the biblical canon.

The Megillah (Book of Esther)

The Megillah (Book of Esther)


Esther is the heroine of the Purim story, in which the Jewish people who live in the sprawling Persian Empire are saved from Haman’s evil scheme to annihilate them. The dramatic saga was written down so that Jewish people could read about the amazing turn of events every year on the holiday of Purim, the anniversary of the Jews’ victory over their enemies.

The Megillah of Esther (megillah means “scroll” in Hebrew) is one of the five megillahs that are included in the biblical canon. Esther is the only one to be commonly read from a handwritten parchment scroll. Read more...

Print the Megillah out and take it to your synagogue to follow the reading, or use it to study in the comfort of your home.
The original text of the Megillah (Book of Esther) with a running commentary culled from the Talmud and Midrash, the great Torah commentators and the chassidic masters.
A highly readable English translation of the full text of the Megillah
The three blessings recited before the reading of the Megillah: in Hebrew, English, and English transliteration.
Interactive Megillah Reading Tutor
Use this interactive tool to learn to read the Megillah like a pro!
Studying the Book of Esther
Study the Purim story from its original text, the Book of Esther, together with the classic commentaries.
A taste of the real thing: a recording of the complete Hebrew Book of Esther, by a renowned Megillah reader.
It happened in the days of Achashverosh the King> A boor and a fool to boot> He made a great feast for the nations he ruled> To display his treasures and loot...
Audio | 1:42
Shoshanat Yaakov
"The Rose of Jacob" Sung After the Megillah Reading
"You have always been their salvation, their hope in every generation... to make known that all who place hope in You shall not be put to shame..." A song of triumph, traditionally recited at the conclusion of the Megillah reading.
Esther is the heroine of the Purim story. The Megillah (Scroll) of Esther is one of the five megillahs in the biblical canon.
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Anonymous Travelling March 23, 2016

Good Qualities Inspire People What came to my soul, heart and mind about these historical events is that to persevere with faith in G-d and, to remain honest, humble and caring, are always winning elements, blessed by G-d. They are powerful as both protection and weaponry.
That these elements are indeed blessed can also be seen in how the majority of the people did not take part in Haman’s plot. The fear of Mordecai was upon them, and did they didn’t just succumb, they also learned good things.
Esther was humble and not greedy which may well have been the qualities, along with her beauty, that brought love and respect to the heart of Ahasuerus; Mordecai was honest, fair and just and Ahasuerus learned he could trust Mordecai.
The worst element we learn from this, is greed. Haman was greedy, he wanted power.
The Jews didn’t even keep soils from their victory – rather did they have a feast and gave to the poor.
(Alas, there will always be Hamans in the world that want all - political parties that want to rule) Reply

Matt marcus December 20, 2015

Is this the
only Megillah written on Klaf; if so, why is it?
The Book of Ruth and Kohelet I believe are read from books. Reply

Chabad.orger March 9, 2009

Megila online You can now use the link on top of the the current article to download a Hebrew-English Megila. Reply

Chani Benjaminson, March 2, 2009

Re: Megillah in Hebrew Unfortunately, we don't (yet) have the Hebrew Megillah on-line. To purchase a copy please use this link. Reply

amy March 1, 2009

is there anywhere i can get a copy in herbrew online??? Reply

Anonymous Boynton Beach, Florida January 29, 2009

A Great Mitzvah Since i I lost my sight your site allows me to still read and follow along with the holidays I grew up with. It's truly a blessing. Reply

Eliezer Posner, March 17, 2008

RE: reading the Megillah twice Rashi (Megillah 4a) writes that we read the Megillah during the night and the day to commemorate how the Jews prayed to be saved from Haman during both the night and the day. Reply

Shel Berman Paramus, NJ March 15, 2008

Megillat Esther Why do we read it twice, once at night and again in the morning? Reply

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