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Post Mon, Feb 22 2021, 9:16 pm
Are you actually tuned in for each and every word?

My understanding is that you have to actually be paying attention to each word, it's not enough to just hear. If this is true I've probably never been yotzeh megillah in my life. It goes for like 40 minutes it's impossible for my mind not go wander!
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Copper
 

Post Mon, Feb 22 2021, 9:24 pm
Ditto. Wondering what people say. Also I don't fully understand it I try to follow the words.. Soo..... Following. Interested in responses.
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amother




Scarlet
 

Post Mon, Feb 22 2021, 9:38 pm
I learned that you just have to hear them
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amother




Saddlebrown
 

Post Mon, Feb 22 2021, 9:42 pm
amother [ OP ] wrote:
Are you actually tuned in for each and every word?

My understanding is that you have to actually be paying attention to each word, it's not enough to just hear. If this is true I've probably never been yotzeh megillah in my life. It goes for like 40 minutes it's impossible for my mind not go wander!


I hope that's not the case.
Because my understanding is limited. I do not understand every word being said.

Speculating.....I was taught that vidu must be UNDERSTOOD to be kosher, so our teachers made sure to make us memorize-memorize-memorize the translation. Not so for megillah.
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southernbubby




 
 
 
 

Post Mon, Feb 22 2021, 9:45 pm
People who don't understand a word of Hebrew fulfill the mitzvah just by hearing it.
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Fabulous




 
 
 
 

Post Mon, Feb 22 2021, 10:00 pm
I find it easier to pay attention to each word when I'm paying attention to what the words are saying. I do understand most of it, so that helps. I haven't been able to in years, though, due to having young children and being busy with them. I listen but often without the concentration I wish I could give it.
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