Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Megillah Thoughts (Mine)

DB & Romach both tagged me with this meme, and it's really interesting, so... here are the thoughts that ran through my head during megillah. I don't know if they meant day or night, so... I'll do two, one for each of them and one for each reading.

Maariv: Oh, they turned the whole place sideways. Funny - this setup is a lot roomier, and makes a lot more sense than the normal way. Only in Lander could screwing things around actually make it better. :::sigh:::

1) He's laining? What happened to the other guy? Uh-oh, this means a lot of oys, like the b'mitzvoysav he just said. Are you yotzei if it's a really yeshivish laining? Wouldn't it be funny if someone corrected him and made him say 'oh'? Will he get the emphasis right at least? Actually, last time I lained, I remember he was pretty good about dikduk - he just sounds really yeshivish about it. Well, that's not as bad, I guess...

2) 127 - it doesn't seem to mean 'a lot', but an actual 127 - it even repeats it. Where did the Persian Empire get out to? Was it really that big? 127 provinces? Must've been small provinces.

3) He's forgetting trup in the first perek? Uh-oh. Why did he stop as if it was the end of the perek a pasuk early? (Yeah, I'm kind of critical of baalei kriah...) He's picking up the pace, nice... He just blew the eichah tune. Ouch.

4) Wow, these women have it bad. Waiting around for the king... why was it considered okay when Dovid did it? Something about how they asked? Whatever.

5) If Esther was just a na'arah, does that mean she was about 12-13 years old? That would mean that Mordechai told her not to tell about herself - but big deal, it's like getting a little girl to keep a secret. Though maybe that is a big deal. But what did she do that any 12-13 year old girl wouldn't? Told everyone to fast? All right, but a strong-willed, dedicated girl would do that... impressive, but not like "Wow". Even the visiting the King under threat of death - I dunno, is that such a big deal when your entire nation is under threat of death? It's not a little thing, but... argh, I wish I could go back in time and see how all of these really happened myself so I could understand them!!
Not done yet... keep going:
6) Oh, the first Haman. I guess I'll bang. Woo. Hoo. (YAWN) Glad they only do this twice. I wonder if it will be like last year, where nobody realized and the guy just kept going. Heh.

7) Hmm... "their laws are different" - but not their names. Interesting.

8) Messed up eichah tune again. Oy.

9) Where did Mordechai get a copy from to give to Esther - and why couldn't she get one herself? And (this happens every year) why is 3/4 of the megillah the setup, and the main part so short near the end?

*) Ironically, I noticed the exact same thing as DovBear - Mordechai's saying, "Perhaps this is why you became queen!" I thought, "Heh - Jews have been coming up with the 'maybe it's because of...' ideas for thousands of years..."

10) How could (according to that story that Haman's sister hit him with garbage and killed herself) anyone possibly make such a mistake? Did Haman and Mordechai look alike? Hmm - maybe it was a covered carriage. But then people wouldn't see who's getting honored. And they should still see it's Haman leading the carriage. It sounds like Mordechai went straight back to the gate - did he change back to sackcloth? When?
Still not done!

11) It says, "Haman niveis" - does this mean he left? Cowered? It has to mean something. Why would he then stand up to beg for his life? Shouldn't he stay prostrated? And what does 'lichbosh' mean here? It doesn't make sense for it to mean sleep with or rape - I can't imagine that there weren't other people in the room serving the king and queen and the #1 man. But capturing makes no sense for the same reason. Unless it's only maidservants and the like in the room, and no guards, because of who is inside... I've never really understood these psukim [and the medrashim etc. don't help at all].

12) Ooo, missed that - gotta read quickly... watermelonwatermelonblahblahblahblahblah

13) It's not so hard to say all of these in one breath... and the chassidish guy across from me pronounces stuff less yeshivish than the baal koreh. Weird. Did they hang them after they were dead? That's kinda gross.

14) Dad always boos by "mas" (tax). Heh - what a conservative. :) Should I? Will anyone get it? Nah - they probably don't even realize what the word means, or if they do, they won't get it. Ah well.

15) All right, enough walking around at 1mph in a circle. Can we finish maariv? WHAM!! There we go. :)
I'm tagging Chana, Xvi, Fudge, and PsychoToddler with the night one!


  1. These are really interesting ... it's great for me especially to read since I always experience the megillah from the reader's perspective. I picked up the meme over at my blog.

    On your points:
    #1. If you come hear megillah with me next year, you won't have to suffer through any oys. Or butchered eicha trop. Promise. Though I will insist on doubling ham-melech every time, or just reading it hard, like hammelech. Pick your poison.

    #11. I hope for the sake of you and your community that you heard niv'as, not niveis.

    #13. No, it isn't hard. But you wouldn't do it either unless they told you to. But try it with trop! (see my blog).

    #14. You may have answered my question (also on my blog) on whether there's a mesorah for hissing at mas. I guess it's only for a tzaddik ben rasha (i.e. Republican ben Democrat) but not a tzaddik ben tzaddik (Republican ben Republican). Since you wear your views on your sleeve, no need to articulate them in public.

    #15. At least I know that I will never have to worry about reading quickly at Lander, since I can always blame the late exit time on the post-megillah dancing.


  2. LR - LOL. #11 - You're right.

    #13 - I did it with trop!

    #14 - LOL!!!

  3. lol
    learning even more about purim from all these megilla thoughts!

  4. Doesn't anyone actually think about the megillah itself when it's being read?! :)