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1. Judaism The scroll containing the biblical narrative of the book of Esther, traditionally read in synagogues to celebrate the festival of Purim.
2. megillah Slang A tediously detailed or embroidered account: told us the whole megillah.

[Hebrew məgillâ, scroll, from gālal, to roll; see gll in Semitic roots.]


(məˈɡɪlə; Hebrew miɡiˈla)
n, pl -lahs or -loth (Hebrew -ˈlɔt)
1. (Judaism) a scroll of the Book of Esther, read on the festival of Purim
2. (Judaism) a scroll of the Book of Ruth, Song of Songs, Lamentations, or Ecclesiastes
3. slang anything, such as a story or letter, that is too long or unduly drawn out
[Hebrew: scroll, from galal to roll]


or me•gil•la

(məˈgɪl ə; for 2 also Heb. mə giˈlɑ)

n., pl. -gil•lahs or -gil•las, Heb. -gil•loth, -gil•lot (-giˈlɔt)
1. Slang.
a. a lengthy explanation or account.
b. a tediously complicated matter.
2. (italics) Hebrew. a scroll, esp. one containing the Book of Esther, that is read aloud in the synagogue on Purim.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.megillah - (Yiddish) a long boring tediously detailed account; "he insisted on giving us the whole megillah"
Yiddish - a dialect of High German including some Hebrew and other words; spoken in Europe as a vernacular by many Jews; written in the Hebrew script
report, account - the act of informing by verbal report; "he heard reports that they were causing trouble"; "by all accounts they were a happy couple"
2.megillah - (Judaism) the scroll of parchment that contains the biblical story of EstherMegillah - (Judaism) the scroll of parchment that contains the biblical story of Esther; traditionally read in synagogues to celebrate Purim
Judaism - the monotheistic religion of the Jews having its spiritual and ethical principles embodied chiefly in the Torah and in the Talmud
scroll, roll - a document that can be rolled up (as for storage)
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In Orach Chaim 163, he notes that while the position of Samuel on Megillah 7a is also found in the Jerusalem Talmud as the normative one, it is not accepted as normative by Jewish law.
See Psalm 91:14-16; Megillah 29a; Exodus Rabbah 23:5.
It is enjoyed by young and old, who sometimes wear costumes at services that symbolize the characters recounted in the megillah, the scroll used to tell the story.
8) The same type of statement is made by Nosson Scherman, the general editor of the Artscroll series: "G-d's [sic] Name does not appear in the Megillah - the only one of the twenty-four sacred books where such a phenomenon occurs [Emphasis added].
See Megillah 14b for a criticism of Deborah in this connection.
there will be a Megillah reading for preschoolers then adults followed by a ``Service Under the Stars.
This is, in fact, widely discussed in halakhah concerning the rules for the reading of the megillah on Purim.
Sotah 36b; David and Bathsheba, Babylonian Talmud, Megillah 14b; Abraham
Jews are commanded to hear the Megillah or scroll of Esther.
Levi (BT Megillah 4a) obligates women to read or hear a reading of the megillah, just like men, it follows, according to some authorities, that women may count in the minyan for reading the megillah, and even read it for men,(10) The critical issue is obligation: if women are obligated in the same way that men are, they may count in a minyan just as men do.
Jews celebrate the survival of their people by reading the Book of Esther, called the Megillah, in the synagogue.
From a systematic study of the verses in the Megillah which refer to Esther, it is clear that she combines two very different personalities in one woman during the course of the story.