Daf Yomi Megillah
Join Rabbi Gidon Rothstein for a daily shiur of the Daf Yomi Masechet Megillah given each morning from the Young Israel of Scarsdale, New York. For the previous masechet, click HERE for the Daf Yomi Taanit course. For the next masechet visit Daf Yomi Moed Katan.
PLEASE NOTE: Classes are NOT held on Shabbat (Saturday) or Jewish holidays. For those days and any other days when the teacher may not be available at the regularly scheduled time, a pre-recorded lesson will be posted. The live classes will take place Sundays at 7:30am EST and Monday-Friday at 6:15am EST.
Daf Yomi Megillah: Megillah 4–מגילה ד
Daf Yomi Megillah: Megillah 6–מגילה ו
Megillah 6a and Megillah 6b, identifying places in Israel based on their names in Tanach and as known at the time, the permanent competition between Rome and Jerusalem, staying away from evildoers in their successful times, and then what happens when a second Adar is instituted after already having read Megillah.
Daf Yomi Megillah: Megillah 7–מגילה ז
Daf Yomi Megillah: Megillah 9–מגילה ט
Megillah 9a and Megillah 9b, what books of Tanach can be written in which languages, how the Septuagint came about and why the translators changed certain verses, the differences between types of High Priests, and between places where the Mishkan (or central mizbeah)was.
Daf Yomi Megillah: Megilla 10–מגילה י
Megilla 10a and Megilla 10b, the question of how lasting a sanctity was invested in Jerusalem (and the rest of Israel) at the original conquest, with ramifications for whether we can offer sacrifices anywhere else in the absence of the Temple, and then starting to read Megillat Ester, with the Gemara’s understanding of its intentions.
Daf Yomi Megillah: Megillah 11-מגילה יא
Daf Yomi Megillah: Megillah 13–מגילה יג
Megillah 13a and Megillah 13b, meanings of the name Esther or Hadassah, the value of tzeni’ut in terms of care about sharing information, Gd placing the solution to Haman before he rises to power, and then how he convinced Ahashverosh to let him plan to wipe out the Jews.
Daf Yomi Megillah: Megillah 15–מגילה טו
Daf Yomi Megillah: Megilla 17–מגילה יז
Daf Yomi Megillah: Megillah 18-מגילה יח
Daf Yomi Megillah: Megillah 20-מגילה כ
Daf Yomi Megillah: Megillah 21–מגילה כא
Daf Yomi Megillah: Megillah 22-מגילה כב
Daf Yomi Megillah: Megillah 23–מגילה כג
Daf Yomi Megillah: Megillah 24–מגילה כד
Daf Yomi Megillah: Megillah 25–מגילה כה
Megillah 25a and Megillah 25b, inappropriate ways to address Gd in prayer, parts of the Torah we read in public with or without translation, and why, where we insist on refined language and where it is appropriate to use vulgar language (to denigrate evil).
Daf Yomi Megillah: Megillah 26–מגילה כו
Megillah 26a and Megillah 26b, relative sanctity of various items, teaching us what can be bought or sold, and by what mechanism, how the council of a city can revoke its sanctity, and the difference between items of support for a mitzvah or for kedushah, sanctity.
Daf Yomi Megillah: Megillah 28–מגילה כח
Daf Yomi Megillah: Megillah 29–מגילה כט
Daf Yomi Megillah: Megillah 30–מגילה ל
Rabbi Dr. Gidon Rothstein has semicha from YU (RIETS) and a PhD from Harvard. He has worked in shul rabbinate, high school and adult education. He is the author of both fiction and non-fiction, most recently "As If We Were There: Readings for a Transformative Passover Experience". He lives in Riverdale, NY.