1

When a person reads the Megillah in improper sequence, he does not fulfill his obligation. If a person was reading, forgot a verse and read the following verse, went back and read the verse he forgot, and then read a third verse, he does not fulfill his obligation, because he read a verse in improper sequence. What should he do instead? He should begin from the second verse, the verse he forgot, and continue reading the Megillah in its proper order.

א

הַקוֹרֵא אֶת הַמְּגִלָּה לְמַפְרֵעַ לֹא יָצָא. קָרָא וְשָׁכַח פָּסוּק אֶחָד וְקָרָא פָּסוּק שֵׁנִי לוֹ וְחָזַר וְקָרָא פָּסוּק שֶׁשָּׁכַח וְחָזַר וְקָרָא פָּסוּק שְׁלִישִׁי לֹא יָצָא מִפְּנֵי שֶׁקָּרָא פָּסוּק אֶחָד לְמַפְרֵעַ. אֶלָּא כֵּיצַד עוֹשֶׂה. מַתְחִיל מִפָּסוּק שֵׁנִי שֶׁשָּׁכַח וְקוֹרֵא עַל הַסֵּדֶר:

2

Should one encounter a congregation that has already read half of the Megillah, one should not say, "I will read the latter half together with this congregation, and then go back and read the first half," for this is reading in improper sequence. Instead, one should read the entire Megillah from beginning to end in order.

When a person reads a portion and pauses and then goes back and continues reading, since he read in order, he fulfills his obligation, even though the entire Megillah could have been read while he had paused.

ב

מָצָא צִבּוּר שֶׁקָּרְאוּ חֶצְיָהּ לֹא יֹאמַר אֶקְרָא חֶצְיָהּ הָאַחֲרוֹן עִם הַצִּבּוּר וְאֶחֱזֹר וְאֶקְרָא חֶצְיָהּ רִאשׁוֹן, שֶׁזֶּה קוֹרֵא לְמַפְרֵעַ. אֶלָּא קוֹרֵא מִתְּחִלָּה וְעַד סוֹף עַל הַסֵּדֶר. קָרָא וְשָׁהָה מְעַט וְחָזַר וְקָרָא אַף עַל פִּי שֶׁשָּׁהָה כְּדֵי לִגְמֹר אֶת כֻּלָּהּ הוֹאִיל וְקָרָא עַל הַסֵּדֶר יָצָא:

3

A person who reads the Megillah by heart does not fulfill his obligation. A person who speaks a language other than Hebrew and hears the Megillah read in Hebrew written in the holy script fulfills his obligation, although he does not understand what is being read. Similarly, if the Megillah was written in Greek, a person who hears it, even one who speaks Hebrew, fulfills his obligation although he does not understand what is being read.

ג

הַקּוֹרֵא אֶת הַמְּגִלָּה עַל פֶּה לֹא יָצָא יְדֵי חוֹבָתוֹ. הַלּוֹעֵז שֶׁשָּׁמַע אֶת הַמְּגִלָּה הַכְּתוּבָה בִּלְשׁוֹן הַקֹּדֶשׁ וּבִכְתַב הַקֹּדֶשׁ אַף עַל פִּי שֶׁאֵינוֹ יוֹדֵעַ מַה הֵן אוֹמְרִין יָצָא יְדֵי חוֹבָתוֹ. וְכֵן אִם הָיְתָה כְּתוּבָה יְוָנִית וּשְׁמָעָהּ יָצָא אַף עַל פִּי שֶׁאֵינוֹ מַכִּיר, וַאֲפִלּוּ הָיָה הַשּׁוֹמֵעַ עִבְרִי:

4

If, however, it was written in Aramaic or in another language of gentile origin, one who listens to this reading fulfills his obligation only when he understands that language and only when the Megillah is written in that language.

In contrast, if the Megillah was written in Hebrew and one read in Aramaic for a person who understood that tongue, one does not fulfill one's obligation, for one is reading by heart. And since the reader cannot fulfill his obligation, the person hearing it read by him also cannot.

ד

הָיְתָה כְּתוּבָה תַּרְגּוּם אוֹ בְּלָשׁוֹן אַחֶרֶת מִלְּשׁוֹנוֹת הַגּוֹיִם לֹא יָצָא יְדֵי חוֹבָתוֹ בִּקְרִיאָתָהּ אֶלָּא הַמַּכִּיר אוֹתָהּ הַלָּשׁוֹן בִּלְבַד. וְהוּא שֶׁתִּהְיֶה כְּתוּבָה בִּכְתַב אוֹתוֹ הַלָּשׁוֹן. אֲבָל אִם הָיְתָה כְּתוּבָה בִּכְתָב עִבְרִי וּקְרָאָהּ אֲרָמִית לַאֲרָמִי לֹא יָצָא שֶׁנִּמְצָא זֶה קוֹרֵא עַל פֶּה. וְכֵיוָן שֶׁלֹּא יָצָא יְדֵי חוֹבָתוֹ הַקּוֹרֵא לֹא יָצָא הַשּׁוֹמֵעַ מִמֶּנּוּ:

5

A person who was reading the Megillah without the desired intent does not fulfill his obligation. What is implied? That he was writing a Megillah, explaining it, or checking it: If he had the intent to fulfill his obligation with this reading, his obligation is fulfilled. If he did not have this intent, he did not fulfill his obligation. Should one read while dozing off, he fulfills his obligation, since he is not sound asleep.

ה

הַקּוֹרֵא אֶת הַמְּגִלָּה בְּלֹא כַּוָּנָה לֹא יָצָא. כֵּיצַד. הָיָה כּוֹתְבָהּ אוֹ דּוֹרְשָׁהּ אוֹ מַגִּיהָהּ אִם כִּוֵּן אֶת לִבּוֹ לָצֵאת בִּקְרִיאָה זוֹ יָצָא וְאִם לֹא כִּוִּן לִבּוֹ לֹא יָצָא. קָרָא וְהוּא מִתְנַמְנֵם הוֹאִיל וְלֹא נִרְדַּם בַּשֵּׁנָה יָצָא:

6

When does the statement that a person can fulfill his obligation by reading when writing a Megillah apply? When he intends to fulfill his obligation to read it by reading from the scroll which he is copying. If, however, he intends to fulfill his obligation by reading the scroll that he is writing at present, he does not fulfill his obligation, for one can fulfill one's obligation only by reading from a scroll that was completely written at the time of the reading.

ו

בַּמֶּה דְּבָרִים אֲמוּרִים שֶׁהַמְכַוֵּן לִבּוֹ בַּכְּתִיבָה יָצָא. בְּשֶׁנִּתְכַּוֵּן לָצֵאת בַּקְּרִיאָה שֶׁקּוֹרֵא בְּסֵפֶר שֶׁמַּעְתִּיק מִמֶּנּוּ בְּשָׁעָה שֶׁהוּא כּוֹתֵב. אֲבָל אִם לֹא נִתְכַּוֵּן לָצֵאת בִּקְרִיאָה זוֹ שֶׁכָּתַב לֹא יָצָא. שֶׁאֵינוֹ יוֹצֵא יְדֵי חוֹבָתוֹ אֶלָּא בִּקְרִיאָתָהּ מִסֵּפֶר שֶׁכֻּלָּהּ כְּתוּבָה בּוֹ בִּשְׁעַת קְרִיאָה:

7

A person who errs while reading the Megillah and reads in an inexact manner fulfills his obligation, for we are not required to read in a precise manner.

A person fulfills his obligation whether he reads it standing or sitting. This applies even when reading for a congregation. Nevertheless, at the outset, out of respect for the congregation, one should not read for the congregation while sitting.

If two, and even if ten, people read the Megillah in unison, both the readers and those who listen to the readers fulfill their obligation. An adult and a child can read the Megillah together, even for the community.

ז

הַקּוֹרֵא אֶת הַמְּגִלָּה וְטָעָה בִּקְרִיאָתָהּ וְקָרָא קְרִיאָה מְשֻׁבֶּשֶׁת יָצָא. לְפִי שֶׁאֵין מְדַקְדְּקִין בִּקְרִיאָתָהּ. קְרָאָהּ עוֹמֵד אוֹ יוֹשֵׁב יָצָא וַאֲפִלּוּ בְּצִבּוּר. אֲבָל לֹא יִקְרָא בְּצִבּוּר יוֹשֵׁב לְכַתְּחִלָּה מִפְּנֵי כְּבוֹד הַצִּבּוּר. קְרָאוּהָ שְׁנַיִם אֲפִלּוּ עֲשָׂרָה כְּאֶחָד יָצְאוּ הַקּוֹרְאִין וְהַשּׁוֹמְעִים מִן הַקּוֹרְאִין. וְקוֹרֵא אוֹתָהּ גָּדוֹל עִם הַקָּטָן וַאֲפִלּוּ בְּצִבּוּר:

8

We should not read the Megillah for a congregation from a scroll that contains the other Sacred Writings. Should one read for the congregation from such a scroll, no one fulfills their obligation, unless the portions of parchment on which it is written are larger or smaller than those of the remainder for the scroll, so that it will be distinct.

An individual reading for himself, by contrast, may read from such a scroll even though the portion containing the Megillah is not larger or smaller than the remainder of the scroll, and thus fulfill his obligation.

ח

אֵין קוֹרְאִין בְּצִבּוּר בִּמְגִלָּה הַכְּתוּבָה בֵּין הַכְּתוּבִים. וְאִם קָרָא לֹא יָצָא. אֶלָּא אִם כֵּן הָיְתָה יְתֵרָה עַל שְׁאָר הַיְרִיעוֹת אוֹ חֲסֵרָה כְּדֵי שֶׁיְּהֵא לָהּ הֶכֵּר. אֲבָל הַיָּחִיד קוֹרֵא בָּהּ וַאֲפִלּוּ אֵינָהּ חֲסֵרָה וְלֹא יְתֵרָה וְיוֹצֵא בָּהּ יְדֵי חוֹבָתוֹ:

9

A Megillah may be written only with ink on g'vil or on k'laf, like a Torah scroll. If it was written with gall-nut juice or vitriol it is acceptable, but if it was written with other tints it is not acceptable.

It must be written on ruled parchment like a Torah scroll. The parchment need not, however, be processed with the intent that it be used for the mitzvah. If it was written on paper or on an animal hide that was not processed or if it was written by a gentile or by a non-believer, it is not acceptable.

ט

אֵין כּוֹתְבִין הַמְּגִלָּה אֶלָּא בִּדְיוֹ עַל הַגְּוִיל אוֹ עַל הַקְּלָף כְּסֵפֶר תּוֹרָה. וְאִם כְּתָבָהּ בְּמֵי עַפְּצָא וְקַנְקַנְתּוֹם כְּשֵׁרָה. כְּתָבָהּ בִּשְׁאָר מִינֵי צִבְעוֹנִין פְּסוּלָה. וּצְרִיכָה שִׂרְטוּט כַּתּוֹרָה עַצְמָהּ. וְאֵין הָעוֹר שֶׁלָּהּ צָרִיךְ לְעַבֵּד לִשְׁמָהּ. הָיְתָה כְּתוּבָה עַל הַנְּיָר אוֹ עַל עוֹר שֶׁאֵינוֹ מְעֻבָּד אוֹ שֶׁכְּתָבָהּ עַכּוּ''ם אוֹ אֶפִּיקוֹרוֹס פְּסוּלָה:

10

The following rules apply when the letters of a Megillah are rubbed out or torn: If a trace of the letters is discernible, the scroll is acceptable, even if most of the letters have been rubbed out. If no trace of the letters is discernible, the scroll is acceptable if the majority of its letters are intact. If not, it is not acceptable.

If the scribe left out certain letters or verses and the reader reads them by heart, he fulfills his obligation.

י

הָיוּ בָּהּ אוֹתִיּוֹת מְטֻשְׁטָשׁוֹת אוֹ מְקֹרָעוֹת. אִם רִשּׁוּמָן נִכָּר אֲפִלּוּ הָיוּ רֻבָּהּ כְּשֵׁרָה. וְאִם אֵין רִשּׁוּמָן נִכָּר אִם הָיָה רֻבָּהּ שָׁלֵם כְּשֵׁרָה. וְאִם לָאו פְּסוּלָה וְהַקּוֹרֵא בָּהּ לֹא יָצָא. הִשְׁמִיט בָּהּ הַסּוֹפֵר אוֹתִיּוֹת אוֹ פְּסוּקִים וּקְרָאָן הַקּוֹרֵא אֶת הַמְּגִלָּה עַל פֶּה יָצָא:

11

A Megillah must be sewn together - i.e., all the parchments on which it is written must be joined as a single scroll. It should be sewn only with animal sinews, as a Torah scroll is. If it is sewn with other thread, it is unacceptable.

It is not necessary, however, to sew the entire length of the parchment with animal sinews, as a Torah scroll is sewn. As long as one sews three stitches at one end of the parchment, three stitches in the middle, and three stitches at the other end, it is acceptable. This leniency is taken, because the Megillah is referred to as an "epistle" Esther 9:29.

יא

הַמְּגִלָּה צְרִיכָה שֶׁתְּהֵא תְּפוּרָה כֻּלָּהּ עַד שֶׁיִּהְיוּ כָּל עוֹרוֹתֶיהָ מְגִלָּה אַחַת. וְאֵינָהּ נִתְפֶּרֶת אֶלָּא בְּגִידִין כְּסֵפֶר תּוֹרָה. וְאִם תְּפָרָהּ שֶׁלֹּא בְּגִידִין פְּסוּלָה. וְאֵינוֹ צָרִיךְ לִתְפֹּר אֶת כָּל הַיְרִיעָה בְּגִידִין כְּסֵפֶר תּוֹרָה אֶלָּא אֲפִלּוּ תָּפַר בְּגִידִין שָׁלֹשׁ תְּפִירוֹת בִּקְצֵה הַיְרִיעָה וְשָׁלֹשׁ בְּאֶמְצָעָהּ וְשָׁלֹשׁ בַּקָּצֶה הַשֵּׁנִי כְּשֵׁרָה מִפְּנֵי שֶׁנִּקְרֵאת אִגֶּרֶת:

12

The reader should read the names of Haman's ten sons and the word which follows, asseret Esther 9:7-10, in one breath, to show the entire people that they were all hung and slain together.

It is a universally accepted Jewish custom that as the reader of the Megillah reads, he spreads the text out as an epistle (to show the miracle). When he concludes, he goes back, rolls up the entire text, and recites the concluding blessing.

יב

וְצָרִיךְ הַקּוֹרֵא לִקְרוֹת עֲשֶׂרֶת בְּנֵי הָמָן וַעֲשֶׂרֶת בִּנְשִׁימָה אַחַת כְּדֵי לְהוֹדִיעַ לְכָל הָעָם שֶׁכֻּלָּם נִתְלוּ וְנֶהֶרְגוּ כְּאֶחָד. וּמִנְהַג כָּל יִשְׂרָאֵל שֶׁהַקּוֹרֵא הַמְּגִלָּה קוֹרֵא וּפוֹשֵׁט כְּאִגֶּרֶת לְהַרְאוֹת הַנֵּס וּכְשֶׁיִּגְמֹר חוֹזֵר וְכוֹרְכָהּ כֻּלָּהּ וּמְבָרֵךְ:

13

On these two days, the fourteenth and the fifteenth of Adar, it is forbidden to eulogize and to fast. This prohibition applies to all people in all places, to the inhabitants of the walled cities who celebrate only the fifteenth and to the inhabitants of the unwalled cities who celebrate only the fourteenth.

In a leap year, it is forbidden to eulogize and to fast on these two dates in the first Adar as well as in the second Adar. When the inhabitants of the villages read the Megillah earlier, on the Monday or Thursday before Purim, they are permitted to eulogize and to fast on the day they read the Megillah, and are forbidden to eulogize and to fast on these two dates, even though they do not read the Megillah on them.

יג

שְׁנֵי הַיָּמִים הָאֵלּוּ שֶׁהֵן י''ד וְט''ו אֲסוּרִין בְּהֶסְפֵּד וְתַעֲנִית לְכָל אָדָם בְּכָל מָקוֹם. בֵּין לִבְנֵי כְּרַכִּין שֶׁהֵן עוֹשִׂין ט''ו בִּלְבַד. בֵּין לִבְנֵי עֲיָרוֹת שֶׁהֵן עוֹשִׂין י''ד בִּלְבַד. וּשְׁנֵי הַיָּמִים אֲסוּרִין בְּהֶסְפֵּד וְתַעֲנִית בַּאֲדָר הָרִאשׁוֹן וּבָאֲדָר הַשֵּׁנִי. אַנְשֵׁי כְּפָרִים שֶׁהִקְדִּימוּ וְקָרְאוּ בְּשֵׁנִי אוֹ בַּחֲמִישִׁי הַסָּמוּךְ לְפוּרִים מֻתָּרִים בְּהֶסְפֵּד וְתַעֲנִית בְּיוֹם קְרִיאָתָהּ וַאֲסוּרִין בְּהֶסְפֵּד וְתַעֲנִית בִּשְׁנֵי הַיָּמִים הָאֵלּוּ אַף עַל פִּי שֶׁאֵין קוֹרְאִין בָּהֶן:

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It is a mitzvah for the inhabitants of the villages and unwalled cities to consider the fourteenth of Adar - and for the inhabitants of the walled cities to consider the fifteenth of Adar - as a day of happiness and festivity, when portions of food are sent to one's friends and presents are given to the poor.

It is permitted to work on these days. It is not, however, proper to do so. Our Sages declared, "Whoever works on Purim will never see a sign of blessing."

Should the inhabitants of the villages read the Megillah earlier, on a Monday or a Thursday, and give monetary gifts to the poor on the day on which they read, they fulfill their obligation. The rejoicing and festivities of the Purim holiday, by contrast, should be held only on the day of the fourteenth. If they are held earlier, the participants do not fulfill their obligation. A person who conducts the Purim feast at night does not fulfill his obligation.

יד

מִצְוַת יוֹם י''ד לִבְנֵי כְּפָרִים וַעֲיָרוֹת וְיוֹם ט''ו לִבְנֵי כְּרַכִּים לִהְיוֹת יוֹם שִׂמְחָה וּמִשְׁתֶּה וּמִשְׁלוֹחַ מָנוֹת לְרֵעִים וּמַתָּנוֹת לָאֶבְיוֹנִים. וּמֻתָּר בַּעֲשִׂיַּת מְלָאכָה, וְאַף עַל פִּי כֵן אֵין רָאוּי לַעֲשׂוֹת בּוֹ מְלָאכָה. אָמְרוּ חֲכָמִים כָּל הָעוֹשֶׂה מְלָאכָה בְּיוֹם פּוּרִים אֵינוֹ רוֹאֶה סִימַן בְּרָכָה לְעוֹלָם. בְּנֵי כְּפָרִים שֶׁקָּדְמוּ וְקָרְאוּ בְּשֵׁנִי אוֹ בַּחֲמִישִׁי אִם חִלְּקוּ מָעוֹת לָאֶבְיוֹנִים בְּיוֹם קְרִיאָתָן יָצְאוּ. אֲבָל הַשִּׂמְחָה וְהַמִּשְׁתֶּה אֵין עוֹשִׂין אוֹתָם אֶלָּא בְּיוֹם י''ד. וְאִם הִקְדִּימוּ לֹא יָצְאוּ. וּסְעֵדַּת פּוּרִים שֶׁעֲשָׂאָהּ בַּלַּיְלָה לֹא יָצָא יְדֵי חוֹבָתוֹ:

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What is the nature of our obligation for this feast? A person should eat meat and prepare as attractive a feast as his means permit. He should drink wine until he becomes intoxicated and falls asleep in a stupor.

Similarly, a person is obligated to send two portions of meat, two other cooked dishes, or two other foods to a friend, as implied by Esther 9:22, "sending portions of food one to another" - i.e., two portions to one friend. Whoever sends portions to many friends is praiseworthy. If one does not have the means to send presents of food to a friend, one should exchange one's meal with him, each one sending the other what they had prepared for the Purim feast and in this way fulfill the mitzvah of sending presents of food to one's friends.

טו

כֵּיצַד חוֹבַת סְעֵדָּה זוֹ. שֶׁיֹּאכַל בָּשָׂר וִיתַקֵּן סְעֵדָּה נָאָה כְּפִי אֲשֶׁר תִּמְצָא יָדוֹ. וְשׁוֹתֶה יַיִן עַד שֶׁיִּשְׁתַּכֵּר וְיֵרָדֵם בְּשִׁכְרוּתוֹ. וְכֵן חַיָּב אָדָם לִשְׁלֹחַ שְׁתֵּי מְנוֹת בָּשָׂר אוֹ שְׁנֵי מִינֵי תַּבְשִׁיל אוֹ שְׁנֵי מִינֵי אֳכָלִין לַחֲבֵרוֹ שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (אסתר ט יט) "וּמִשְׁלוֹחַ מָנוֹת אִישׁ לְרֵעֵהוּ", שְׁתֵּי מָנוֹת לְאִישׁ אֶחָד. וְכָל הַמַּרְבֶּה לִשְׁלֹחַ לְרֵעִים מְשֻׁבָּח. וְאִם אֵין לוֹ מַחֲלִיף עִם חֲבֵרוֹ זֶה שׁוֹלֵחַ לְזֶה סְעֵדָּתוֹ וְזֶה שׁוֹלֵחַ לְזֶה סְעֵדָּתוֹ כְּדֵי לְקַיֵּם וּמִשְׁלוֹחַ מָנוֹת אִישׁ לְרֵעֵהוּ:

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One is obligated to distribute charity to the poor on the day of Purim. At the very least, to give each of two poor people one present, be it money, cooked dishes, or other foods, as implied by Esther 9:22 "gifts to the poor" - i.e., two gifts to two poor people.

We should not be discriminating in selecting the recipients of these Purim gifts. Instead, one should give to whomever stretches out his hand. Money given to be distributed on Purim should not be used for other charitable purposes.

טז

וְחַיָּב לְחַלֵּק לָעֲנִיִּים בְּיוֹם הַפּוּרִים. אֵין פּוֹחֲתִין מִשְּׁנֵי עֲנִיִּים נוֹתֵן לְכָל אֶחָד מַתָּנָה אַחַת אוֹ מָעוֹת אוֹ מִינֵי תַּבְשִׁיל אוֹ מִינֵי אֳכָלִין שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (אסתר ט כב) "וּמַתָּנוֹת לָאֶבְיוֹנִים", שְׁתֵּי מַתָּנוֹת לִשְׁנֵי עֲנִיִּים. וְאֵין מְדַקְדְּקִין בִּמְעוֹת פּוּרִים אֶלָּא כָּל הַפּוֹשֵׁט יָדוֹ לִטּל נוֹתְנִין לוֹ. וְאֵין מְשַׁנִּין מָעוֹת פּוּרִים לִצְדָקָה אַחֶרֶת:

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It is preferable for a person to be more liberal with his donations to the poor than to be lavish in his preparation of the Purim feast or in sending portions to his friends. For there is no greater and more splendid happiness than to gladden the hearts of the poor, the orphans, the widows, and the converts.

One who brings happiness to the hearts of these unfortunate individuals resembles the Divine Presence, which Isaiah 57:15 describes as having the tendency "to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive those with broken hearts."

יז

מוּטָב לָאָדָם לְהַרְבּוֹת בְּמַתְּנוֹת אֶבְיוֹנִים מִלְּהַרְבּוֹת בִּסְעֻדָּתוֹ וּבְשִׁלּוּחַ מָנוֹת לְרֵעָיו. שֶׁאֵין שָׁם שִׂמְחָה גְּדוֹלָה וּמְפֹאָרָה אֶלָּא לְשַׂמֵּחַ לֵב עֲנִיִּים וִיתוֹמִים וְאַלְמָנוֹת וְגֵרִים. שֶׁהַמְשַׂמֵּחַ לֵב הָאֻמְלָלִים הָאֵלּוּ דּוֹמֶה לַשְּׁכִינָה שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (ישעיה נז טו) "לְהַחֲיוֹת רוּחַ שְׁפָלִים וּלְהַחֲיוֹת לֵב נִדְכָּאִים":

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All the books of the Prophets and all the Holy Writings will be nullified in the Messianic era, with the exception of the Book of Esther. It will continue to exist, as will the five books of the Torah and the halachot of the Oral Law, which will never be nullified.

Although all memories of the difficulties endured by our people will be nullified, as Isaiah 65:16 states: "For the former difficulties will be forgotten and for they will be hidden from My eye," the celebration of the days of Purim will not be nullified, as Esther 9:28 states: "And these days of Purim will not pass from among the Jews, nor will their remembrance cease from their seed."

יח

כָּל סִפְרֵי הַנְּבִיאִים וְכָל הַכְּתוּבִים עֲתִידִין לִבָּטֵל לִימוֹת הַמָּשִׁיחַ חוּץ מִמְּגִלַּת אֶסְתֵּר וַהֲרֵי הִיא קַיֶּמֶת כַּחֲמִשָּׁה חֻמְּשֵׁי תּוֹרָה וְכַהֲלָכוֹת שֶׁל תּוֹרָה שֶׁבְּעַל פֶּה שֶׁאֵינָן בְּטֵלִין לְעוֹלָם. וְאַף עַל פִּי שֶׁכָּל זִכְרוֹן הַצָּרוֹת יְבֻטַּל שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (ישעיה סה טז) "כִּי נִשְׁכְּחוּ הַצָּרוֹת הָרִאשׁוֹנוֹת וְכִי נִסְתְּרוּ מֵעֵינִי". יְמֵי הַפּוּרִים לֹא יִבָּטְלוּ שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (אסתר ט כח) "וִימֵי הַפּוּרִים הָאֵלֶּה לֹא יַעַבְרוּ מִתּוֹךְ הַיְּהוּדִים וְזִכְרָם לֹא יָסוּף מִזַּרְעָם":