Interrupting the Megillah Reading

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״כל השונה הלכות בכל יום - מובטח לו שהוא בן העולם הבא״ (נידה עג ע״א, מגילה כח:)


“Anyone who studies Halachot every day is guaranteed that he is destined for the world-to-come” (Megilla 28b, Niddah 73a)


Question:

May one talk speak during the Megillah reading?

What should one do if one spoke during the Megillah reading?


Answer:

One may not speak during the Megillah reading until after the last berachah is recited. [1]


If a person speaks while listening to the Megillah, he has not fulfilled his obligation and must read the Megillah again, starting from the place that he spoke. He may do so from a printed megillah. He should catch up to the chazzan and then continue following along from there.

[2]

One who is reading the Megillah may answer to Kaddish, Kedushah, or any berachah he hears. [3] However, if one is following along with the chazzan with a non-kosher megillah, he should not interrupt in the middle for any reason, since he will not be able to fulfill his obligation of hearing the Megillah. [4]


Sources:

[1]. Shulchan Aruch 692:2. The Mishnah Berurah 692:9 states that this is the halachah regarding both those who listen to the Megillah reading and the one reading it.

[2]. Chazon Ovadia, Purim, p. 80.

[3]. The baal korei may interrupt his reading for the same permitted interruptions as when praying Hallel. See Shulchan Aruch, O.C. 66:1 for these guidelines. See Chazon Ovadia, Purim, p. 82.

[4]. Yabia Omer, vol. 1, 5:7 & 2:32 & 5:13 & 16:7; Chazon Ovadia, Purim, p. 83.

See also Laws Of Holidays - Nacson p. 597.


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