Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Who Is Required To Hear The Megila?

Who Is Required To Hear The Megila?
Day: Wednesday
Date: March 5, 2014
Parshat: Vayikra
Source: Yalkut Yosef: 689

All men and women have an obligation to hear the megila on the night of Purim and then again during the day. Children should also be taught to sit and listen to the megila. However, children that are too young to understand what is going on should not be brought to shul for the megila since they will make noise and cause everyone there to have to hear the megila again. One may not fulfill his obligation to hear the megila over the phone, over skype, or any other such technology even if it is live and not pre recorded. However a person who hears someone say a beracha through such a contrivance should say amen if it is not pre recorded. One who heard the megila over a loudspeaker has also not fulfilled his obligation unless he is close enough to the reader to hear him without the loudspeaker. A deaf person is required to read the megila, but if he can hear with hearing aids he can listen to it like everyone else and he doesn't need to actually read it. A blind person and a person who is mute (but not deaf) are required to hear the megila.

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