Shabbat Parashat Tetzaveh 5773
Ask the Rabbi: Reading Megillat Esther in Yerushalayim on 14 Adarby Rav Daniel Mann
Question: I will be having out-of-town guests for sheva berachot in
Answer: The first question is whether it is proper to read the Megilla in
The gemara (ibid.) raises the question of how we can have different Megilla readings on different days. In discussing the parameters of lo titgod’du, the gemara says generally that Jews in different cities may have different practices. There is a machloket about different rabbinical courts (i.e., religious communities) within one city, and we pasken that they may have different practices (Rambam, Avoda Zara 12:14). Therefore, it is not a problem for different communities to read the Megilla at different times.
However, Tosafot (ad loc.) are bothered by the villagers who would come to the city twice a week and would read the Megilla earlier than the city dwellers. Tosafot claim that the villagers could not read the Megilla early in the city, because of lo titgod’du, but would do so before leaving the village for the city.
While Tosafot’s position might seem to forbid visitors from reading on the 14th in
(Rav Frank (Mikaraei Kodesh, Purim 17) says that one who reads the Megilla on the 14th in
Another question is whether a Jerusalemite can be the ba’al koreh on the 14th in
We suggest that if there is no one who is obligated in a 14-Adar reading to be ba’al koreh, your guests should try to find late readings in their communities. If this is not feasible, they can rely on the reading of a Jerusalemite, but the latter should not make the beracha on the reading (see Yalkut Yosef, Moadim, pg. 306).
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