Rabbi Zell introduces the reading of the Megillah by Rabbo Sabo. Also, see the reading. Other Purim online content.
Sonia Melzer reads the Purim Story. Other Purim online content.
Before the Megillah is read, the reader recites the following three blessings and all those listening answer Amen as indicated:
Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us concerning the reading of the Megillah. (Amen)
Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who performed miracles for our forefathers in those days, at this time. (Amen)
Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has granted us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this occasion. (Amen)
And these days shall be remembered and celebrated throughout every generation, in every family, every province, and every city, and these days of Purim shall not be revoked from amidst the Jews, and their memory shall not cease from their seed.
Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus—he was the Ahasuerus who reigned from Hodu to Cush, one hundred twenty-seven provinces. In those days, when King Ahasuerus sat on the throne of his kingdom, which was in Shushan the capital. In the third year of his reign, he made a banquet for all his princes and his servants, the army of Persia and Media, the nobles, and the princes of the provinces who were before him.Continue reading