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whole megillah

Also, whole schmeer. Everything, every aspect or element, as in The accountant went through the whole megillah all over again, or Her divorce lawyer took him for the house, the car, the whole schmeer. The first term alludes to the Megillah, five books of the Bible read on certain Jewish feast days and considered by some to be very long and tedious. Schmeer is Yiddish for "smear" or "smudge." [Slang; second half of 1900s]
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the whole megillah

something in its entirety, especially a complicated set of arrangements or a long-winded story. North American informal
Megillah is the Hebrew word for a ‘scroll’ and refers particularly to each of five books of the Jewish Scriptures (the Song of Solomon, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and Esther) appointed to be read in the synagogue on certain important days.
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n. a long and complicated story. (From Hebrew megillah via Yiddish.) Here you come in here with this megillah about a flat tire and how your brother-in-law stole your jack and how your arthritis is kicking up—what do you think I am, some sort of shoulder to cry on?
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Since women are obligated to read the megillah, die for kiddush hashem, recite Grace, and theoretically are qualified to read the Torah in public, just like men, and may therefore count in the minyan for these mizvot, and since, as I demonstrated in my previous article, women are obligated to pray at least twice daily, just like men,(21) it follows that they may count in the minyan for prayer.
Sun Valley, will have a Purim program and reading of the Megillah at 6:45 p.
The Megillah states in 2:10: "Esther did not reveal her people or her kindred, for Mordekhai had told her not to reveal it.
See Nehemiah 8:8 and 13:24 and the Babylonian Talmud, Megillah 3a and Shabbat 115a, Jerusalem Talmud Shabbat 15c and Tosefta Shabbat 13 (14), 2.
689; Rabbi Aaron Halevi to Berakhot 45; Ran to Megillah, Ch.
By the same reasoning, the rule is that if the 15th falls on the Sabbath, all Jews, including those in a walled city, read the Megillah on Friday the 14th.
5) Avodah Zarah 10b; Yerushalmi Megillah 1:13, 72b.
Traditionally recitations from the Megillah, or long story of Esther, are marked with raucous celebrations, with the name of Haman booed during readings.
Jewish Ahavas Torah - The congregation will host Megillah readings today at 7 p.
MS Ox 366 (siglum 0) is listed as the default manuscript for Ber and Shab, but is not among the sources used for the tractates Yoma, Suk, Megillah, and Hag.
in front of the Iranian UN Mission at 633 Third Avenue, corner of 40th Street in Manhattan, certain rabble-rousers plan to hold a Megillah reading with the purpose of insulting the Iranian president and heating up tensions.
Let's just agree to call the whole megillah Boggle.
The other Purim tradition is during the reading of the book of Esther - also known as the Megillah - to boo at each mention of royal adviser Haman, who wanted to destroy the Jewish people.
While this book is not "meant to resolve any halachic issues", says the author, "it is meant as a tool for understanding and visualizing the events of the Megillah.