Monday, March 3, 2008

Reading Megilah for others


We have been learning about Purim, and Megilah reading.

Just like with any Mitzvah which one person performs for another, the person reading the Megilah aloud must have in mind that he is doing it for the sake of the listeners' Mitzvah, and the people who are listening must have in mind that the reader is reading the Megilah for their Mitzvah.

The key time for this mental focus is during the blessings at the outset; the same mindset is then assumed to continue throughout the reading, until explicitly contradicted.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 690:14; Mishneh Berurah 690:48)

Have a great day,

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