This in-depth Gemara study of Masechet Megillah focuses on observances connected to the rabbinically ordained joyous festival of Purim. This mini-series will open with a discussion about its observances when a Leap Year includes two months of Adar. A fascinating analysis of this will eventually lead us into the iconic Mitzvah of Mishloach Manot, the Holiday Gifting of Edibles to One Another!

Tractate Megillah, Chapter One, Page 6b. Episode Two: “RIGHT TO READ”

As we learnt at length in Part One, our Jewish calendar requires a unique system of calendric calibration to balance the Lunar Months with Seasonal Years. Resolution is found in a Leap Year in which a 13th Month is added.

This induces years that are pregnant with an extra month of Adar, which naturally births a litter of related Halachic questions about Public Torah Readings, far beyond solving the Mystery of the Megillah.

Part Two of this mini-series on Purim observances probes the matter to deliver pragmatic and viable resolution!

The second Episode of this new mini-series has been generously sponsored by Eliezer and Esther Shefer ”l’illuy Nishmat” (in elevation of the soul) of their beloved late son Arye “Arik” Shefer.

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