Purim Questions

-Why did King Ahasuerus seek the ministers’ advice when Vashti refused his request, but made do with the servants’ advice for his second decision? And did the latter give him better advice than the former? (Ynet)

-Why did Moredecai not bow? (Jewish Journal)

-Does one satisfy the obligation of listening to Megillah reading via loudspeaker, telephone, or hearing aid? (Fifth Avenue Synagogue)

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Purim History

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Unmasking the Purim Heroes

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Why Some Jews Celebrate Purim One Day Later

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