You can use the app to practice reading Megillat Esther. You can also use it to follow along during Purim on your smart phone or tablet.
The app also includes instructions on how to organize a megillah reading, information for the reader, and a halakhic discussion of the sources for women’s reading of the Megillah.
NEW RESOURCE FOR 2016: Experienced gabbait, Marianne Novak, explains how to divide up the megillah chapters by skill-level.
Esther Verses Out Loud
In addition to the four verses traditionally read aloud during the megillah reading, some groups are beginning to recite four additional verses that pertain to Esther. Bring this practice to your community with JOFA's new source sheets created by Rabbi Steven Exler.
ONLINE DIRECTORY of Megillah Readings
Looking for a megillah reading where Orthodox women are leyning? Check out our online directory of synagogues, women’s tefillah groups, partnership minyanim, and other groups where women can read megillah for Purim 2016. Fill out this form and add your megillah reading to our directory!
Below are some photos from a selection of the readings in 2015. For more photos, visit our Facebook page.
If you belong to a partnership minyan, join our Google Group for Partnership Minyanim.
Below is a selection of halakhic articles about women reading, writing, and hearing megillah. You can find more Purim-related readings in our Online Library.
- Women and the Reading of the Megillah by Rabbi Avi Weiss, 1998
- Women and Writing the Megillah by Ross Singer, 2004
- Communications: Women's Aliyyot in Contemporary Synagogues by Dr. Debby Koren, 2007 (only available to Tradition subscribers and RCA members)
- Women and Megillah Reading by Rabbi Yehuda Henkin, 1999
- Women's Megilla Readings by Rabbi Aryeh Frimer, 2003
- Women and the Reading of the Megillah by Rabbi Alfred S. Cohen, 1995
The JOFA blog has featured many entries about Purim. If you didn't get a chance to read them then, follow the links below to get all caught up on The Torch!
- My #OrthodoxFeministMoment by Laura Shaw Frank
- An Adar of Anticipation by Ilana Kurshan
- Torah Costume, One Size Fits All by Liat
- Reading Esther and Coming of Age by Judith Levitan and Shelley Einfeld
- Tears and Empowerment on Purim
- Esther, the Megillah, and Me by Sheara Abrahams
- A New Purim Hero? by Audrey Axelrod Trachtman
- St. Louis Women Write a Megillat Esther by Rachel Lieberman
- Potluck Minyan in Brooklyn Hosts its 6th Megillah Reading by Maharat Rori Picker Neiss
- Purim in Hollywood by Hannah Hostyk
- A Visit to Shushan by Bracha Jaffe
- Megillah on the Run by Viva Hammer
- Leyning In by Bracha Jaffe
- Challenge: Give Voice to Esther by Talia Weisberg
- The Unexpected Gems I Found in Megillat Esther by Miriam Lorie
If you'd like to write for The Torch, submit your blog post to [email protected].
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