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The Whole Megillah Video

February 21, 2012

Many of us have heard the phrase "the whole megillah," but... what's a "megillah"?

Megillah is the Hebrew word for "scroll," often referring to Megillat Esther, the Scroll of Esther or the Book of Esther — the story read on the holiday of Purim.

Join Sara as she shows us the Purim scroll, its features and a few fun facts as well.

And get ready to make lots of noise this Purim, each time you hear the name "Haman!"

Hebrew for "Scroll of Esther" (or, Book of Esther), the biblical book read on the holiday of Purim. Hebrew for "scroll," usually refers to the Scroll of Esther ("Megillat Esther"), the biblical book read on the holiday of Purim. A language of West Semitic origins, culturally considered to be the language of the Jewish people. Ancient or Classical Hebrew is the language of Jewish prayer or study. Modern Hebrew was developed in the late-19th and early 20th centuries as a revival language; today it is spoken by most Israelis.
Hebrew for "lots," referring to the lots cast by Haman, the story's antagonist, to determine the date on which to kill the Jewish people. It's a spring holiday commemorating the Jewish people's triumph. The story is told through the biblical Book of Esther; the namesake heroine, a Jewish woman, marries the Persian king. Their interfaith relationship is central to the story.
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