The Commentary of Rabbenu Hananel ben Hushiel to the Talmud: Megilla
This week, Daf Yomi readers began a new tractate, Megilla
, which deals with the holiday of Purimthe day on which we read the Megilla
or Scroll of Esther.
in the Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Megilla
, 11a, it is the Roman emperor Titus who is killed when God sends a mosquito into his nose.
42) See Rabbi Johanan of Tiberias (third century CE): "Whoever denies idolatry is called a Jew" (BT Megilla
Here the discussion begins with a bereita from Megilla
The Sages also interpreted the biblical names of women on the basis of their beauty, including Isca who would be kept safe by her beauty (Babylonian Talmud, Megilla
14a), and Ziporra (the root of the name meaning - Look and see [how beautiful]).
This phrase is mentioned in the talmudic tractate Megilla
18a, where it is asked how a person who does not understand Hebrew can possibly fulfill the obligation of hearing the Megilla
when it is read in the Hebrew language.
FUN ITZIK MANGER (The Megilla
of Itzik Manger) CBS 7011
The result is a phenomenon known in Yiddish as "giving the ganze megilla
," or being told more than one needs to know about almost everything.
He also co-produced the 1964 Broadway production of Rolf Hochhuth's "Deputy," one of the first plays to challenge the Vatican's silence during the Holocaust, as well as Broadway's "The Megilla
of Itzik Manger" and tooner "I'm Solomon," both in 1968.
Although there is no direct reference in this prayer to hoarders, price predators, or cunning profiteers, the Babylonian Talmud, in Megilla
, claims that this prayer was established as a prayer for divine protection against individuals who would raise prices unjustly (17b).
The "categories" at issue constitute the veteran formula for interpreting, periodizing, and thematizing Southern literature: place, history (tragedy and defeat), poverty and colonial status, the myth of a "golden age," race and guilt--the whole megilla
that Quentin gives up trying to explain to Shreve in Absalom, Absalom