All summaries below are done to the best of my abilities and are for the purpose of informing and not paskening. In all cases, a posek should be consulted.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Microphone for Megilla - Igrot Moshe Orach Chaim 4:126

In this teshuva, Rav Moshe tackles both the issue of hearing Megilla via microphone as well as the issue of the status of men relative to that of women vis-a-vis reading the Megilla. The question came from a girls school in Gadera which apparently had an overflow problem and wanted to use a microphone to enable all of its students to hear the Megilla.

In response, Rav Moshe wrote that it would be better to have a delay after Maariv in order to clean out the cafeteria and then use both the Beit Midrash and the cafeteria as staging locations for concurrent Megilla readings, rather than use a microphone. He further notes that both locations should have a minyan of men, but rejects the notion that men are "adif" (lit. "better") than women when it comes to hearing the Megilla, as both are equally obligated in this mitzva.

[I will note that on that last point, Rav Moshe does not get into the issue of women reading the Megilla at all - he seems to not consider that as an option.]

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