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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

The Megillah

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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.

The megillah is read twice in the course of the festival: on the eve of Purim, and during Purim day. It is read in the original Hebrew from a parchment scroll.

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.

Translation
The Story of Esther
A highly readable English translation of the full text of the Megillah
Book of Esther
Blessings
The three blessings recited before the reading of the Megillah: in Hebrew, English, and English transliteration.
Printable Megillah
Requires PDF Reader
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.
Laws and Customs
Megillah Reading Trainer
Interactive Megillah Reading Tutor
Use this interactive tool to learn to read the Megillah like a pro!
Megillah With Commentary
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.
The Megillah In Depth The Megillah In Depth
Studying the Book of Esther
Study the Purim story from its original text, the Book of Esther, together with the classic commentaries.
Megillah Reading
A taste of the real thing: a recording of the complete Hebrew Book of Esther, by a renowned Megillah reader.
Sample Megillah Reading
A sample portion of the Megillah, chanted in the original Hebrew with the traditional Megillah tune.
Book of Esther in Rhyme
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...
Shoshanat Yaakov
Audio | 1:42
Shoshanat Yaakov
The Rose of Jacob
"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.
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March 9, 2009
Megila online
You can now use the link on top of the the current article to download a Hebrew-English Megila.
Chabad.orger
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.
Chani Benjaminson, chabad.org
March 1, 2009
is there anywhere i can get a copy in herbrew online???
amy
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.
Anonymous
Boynton Beach, Florida
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.
Eliezer Posner, Chabad.org
March 15, 2008
Megillat Esther
Why do we read it twice, once at night and again in the morning?
Shel Berman
Paramus, NJ
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