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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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A Purim family service, with a megillah reading, will be held at 7:30 p.
Levinas offers what can only be called a manifesto on this issue in the course of interpreting the talmudic claim, found in BT Megillah 7a and Shabbat 14a, that hands which touch the uncovered scroll of the Torah become impure.
According to the Midrash, it was Zebulun who, as a merchant, went to sea in order to give both tribes financial support, whereas Issachar remained at home (in his tent) studying Torah in order to give both tribes spiritual and intellectual uplift (TB Megillah 6a; Numbers Rabbah 13:17).
My natural shyness has not left," she admits, "even with so many years' experience of leading services and reading Torah and Megillah, anyone watching will see that my hand still shakes when I'm reading
I stayed, the guest brought me his hat and he put on a yarmulke and read the Megillah with the trop and with a Warsaw accent and the well-known melody, which I hadn't heard for almost half a century.
The megillah recounts the story of Queen Esther and her successful effort to foil a plot to kill all the Jews, including herself, in the ancient land ruled by King Ahasuerus.
In the audio section one can choose from a full selection of holiday songs, the entire Purim story recounted by actors, and a taste of the real Megillah (Book of Esther), the biblical book that tells the miraculous holiday story as it's recited from the parchment scroll.
I have never met a woman who liked the Megillah of Esther.
At the White House, where Bolten, like Lew, first served as OMB director before becoming chief of staff, he placed a mezuzah on his office door, brought dreidels and gelt to staff meetings during Hanukkah, and, in 2006, participated in a White House Megillah reading for Purim.
This is a paraphrase and pun on the legend included in Megillah 10b and elsewhere, according to which God reprimands the angels who sing with joy when the Egyptians drown, exclaiming: "The work of My hands is drowning in the sea and you chant songs?
I'm not talking about the nomination; I'm talking about the whole megillah,'' he said in a telephone interview from New York, where he plans to build the world's tallest residential building and where he lives in a penthouse in the Fifth Avenue tower that bears his name.
Rashi's possible source for this explanation is TB Megillah 13a, which states that whoever rejects idolatry is called a "Judean.