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the whole megillah

Everything; the entirety of something. There's nothing more to tell you. That's the whole megillah. While I'm in Europe, I want to go to Paris, London—the whole megillah.
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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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For in his re-casting of the Megillah as a Purim Play, and in his re-designing of Biblical myth as Eastern European mayse, Manger establishes his distinctive world view: that, to quote an old Yiddish proverb, "If God lived on earth, people would break His windows.
For example, Rabbi Yom Toy Ashbelli (Ritva) commenting on Samuel's statement in Megillah 7a explains that Samuel rules that Esther "is not within the kitvai hakodesh(18) (canon), upon which the Sages decreed that one who touches them, even with washed hands,(19) has his hands (secondarily) defiled for the purposes of terumah.
This is, in fact, widely discussed in halakhah concerning the rules for the reading of the megillah on Purim.
In TJ Megillah 71c, the rabbis eulogistically applied to Aquila the verse, You are finer than all (other) people (Ps.
While most little girls see the megillah reading as an opportunity to bust out the Disney Princess garb, there are always a handful who get a kick out of being Haman, the way I did.
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.
The authors of this wonderful volume, Tamara Cohn Eskenazi and the late Tikva Frymer-Kensky, both highly respected women scholars, offer the reader a rich review of this megillah, the only book in the entire biblical corpus aside from Esther that is named for a woman.
I started to explain that Hanukkah has turned into a whole megillah in the United States because of its proximity to Christmas, but Maxie just wanted to watch Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends.
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.
TB Megillah 16b notes Ezra's absence during the early days of the restored Temple and asks why he did not leave Babylon earlier.
Unlike Passover or Purim, Rosh Hashanah has no haggadah or megillah, no seminal text that invites us to ponder the meaning of the holiday.