The Story behind the Story...
Learn the Megilla like
never before using the Power of
Verse by Verse Explained by Rabbi Y.
Alpren Shlita of Jerusalem... Hear what
the Vilna Gaon and the Midrashim have to
say about the Purim story and all of its
personalities... Includes Special
Section on Halachas related to Purim...
Includes Special Section on Frequently
Asked Questions about the holiday...
Contains full text of Hebrew
Megilla,with English translation and
BONUS: Contains full text of Tractate
Megilla (Talmud Bavli) with Rashi and
BONUS: Contains Rambam, Shulchan Aruch,
and Mishna Brura on Purim and Megilla...
BONUS: Includes ten of the most popular
Purim Nigunim (Songs)....
Reviews - Megillat Esther
JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH (2/1/1998) wrote:
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Most observant Jews who attend readings
of the Book of Esther on Purim are
satisfied with the basic story of the
miracle of the Jews being saved from
Hamans evil designs. But some want to go
to deeper levels of understanding by
probing Rashi, Maimonides and the
Shulhan Aruch commentaries on the famous
Jerusalems Torah Educational Software, a
leader in Orthodox-oriented Jewish
software for children and adults, put
the megilla on this disk, along with
these three traditional commentaries. An
added bonus is 24 hours of lectures on
the Book of Esther by Rabbi Yehonatan
Alpren in English, or a different series
in Hebrew by Rabbi Michel Zilber.
You can purchase a Hebrew-only disk to
hear Zilber, or a Hebrew/English disk
with the option of installing one
language or the other at a time on your
hard disk. The Alpren lectures were
delivered in Jerusalems Har Nof quarter
in 1992, while Zilbers talk was prepared
specially for this disk.
You can view the whole megilla, verse by
verse, in the traditional fonts and with
the trope (cantillation symbols). Users
also have the option of selecting a
modern font in the size of their choice
to suit their eyesight. A complete
English translation is also on the disk.
Alprens lectures are very
conversational, with Hebrew phrases
pronounced in the Ashkenazi dialect. You
can go from the first chapter to the end
and listen to the lessons as you view
the text, or click on any specific
One button at the bottom of the screen
deals with specific subjects, such as
the half-shekel donated to the poor who
must refrain from eating on the Fast of
Esther, or whether fasting or working is
permitted on the holiday itself.
Among the halachic rulings are that
leniency is in order for people who are
sick or weak, and they dont have to fast
the day before Purim. One may send Purim
baskets of food to mourners if they are
intended merely as food, but not as a
festive gift. Meat meals and wine are
preferable to dairy meals for the Purim
All the written text can be printed out
or saved as a file in your word
processor. The disk is rounded out by 10
wordless Purim tunes that you can click
on to hear...
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