From the home of Oz Veoador:
"Megillas Esther – Mesivta"
Another volume in the world-famous Mesivta series
The Jewish sefarim shelves have long been adorned with the colossal Mesivta series, from the nearly one-hundred volumes published on the Shas, to the added volumes on texts such as Maseches Avos, and concluding, for now, with the new series on Shabbosos and yamim tovim. The first volumes in this latter series covered the Shabbos Zemiros and Pesach Haggadah, respectively, and were received with tremendous enthusiasm immediately upon their release. Now, a new magnificent volume has been published, this time on Megillas Esther.
The main quality that all Mesivta volumes share is their sheer magnitude of content. Opening a Mesivta volume, the learner finds everything related to the topic that he is learning, beginning from the clear, polished commentary integrated within the actual words of the text; climaxing with the expanded treasury of annotations which incorporate the holy words of our Sages, from the Rishonim to the great Sages among the Acharonim, all polished to a shine and formulated in a clear, flowing and easy to follow manner; and concluding with a variety of complementary addendums and reference sections according to the topic of the sefer.
The Mesivta series has become so famous throughout the world that it can easily be assumed that currently, there is nearly no shul or beis medrash whose shelves are not adorned by the Mesivta volumes for the benefit of the learners. The distinctive Mesivta design comprises the main appearance of the sefarim shrank, although more often than not the volumes are more easily found on the tables than on the shelves, due to their frequent use and the benefit that the learners derive from them.
Thousands of such learners, who have experienced first-hand the value of this series, have chosen to purchase the Mesivta books for themselves so that they can utilize them for their Torah study at home and on the road. To make this possible, the Mesivta edition was made available in various shapes and sizes, so that more learners will be able to carry it with them on the road, directly increasing Torah in the world.
Thus, the Mesivta series became an inseparable part of the study regimen for thousands of Jews around the world. Some use it as a reference and guide along with their regular Gemara study – such as the famous Friedman Edition. Others study directly from this Gemara. The most popular sections are the treasuries of commentaries, interpretations and annotations; inalienable assets for people wishing to delve deeper into the Torah's depths, and for both maggidei shiurim and their listeners in broadening their knowledge and understanding of the Torah's teachings.
One significant quality of the Mesivta series is that it presents the learner with thousands of sefarim which would otherwise be completely inaccessible to him, whether because they are rare, unavailable to the public, or difficult to decipher due to the broken print or ancient style. Masterful work was done in the Mesivta series to collect the divrei Torah and then edit and polish them so that they are perfectly clear and easy to understand.
Building upon the thousands of responses flooding the Torah Empire of Oz Vehadar in praise of the Mesivta series from its very inception, the team working on this holy endeavor, headed by the gaon hatzaddik Rav Yehoshua Leifer shlit"a, av beis din of the Be'er Moshe community in Monsey and, alongside him, hagaon Rav Menachem Mendel Pomerantz shlit"a, reish mesivta and initiator of the idea, realized that the public has a true need for this series both on the Shas as well as on the other subjects of the Torah. Consequently, they decided to expand the series to include new volumes on the yamim tovim as well.
The Torah community greeted the publication of the Mesivta Pesach Haggadah with indescribable excitement. Soon after its release, tens of thousands of copies of the Haggadah in all sizes were immediately sold. In the "thirty days prior to the holiday," during which we study the halachos of the upcoming yom tov, it was common to see many of our Jewish brothers walking around with the Mesivta haggados tucked under their arms. Thousands sat across various shuls, poring over the haggados with enthusiasm. A careful estimate shows that over ten thousand people conducted their Seder using this haggadah, quoting the beautiful gems within it. Insiders' testimonies told us of a number of gedolei Yisrael shlit"a who conducted their pure sedarim while studying this haggadah.
A similar phenomenon is taking place these very days, with the release of the Mesivta Megillas Esther. Following the traditional goal of the series, the Mesivta Megillas Esther offers the learner a spectacular collection of Torah thoughts by our greatest rabbanim, Rishonim and Acharonim, whose words guide us in every aspect of our lives, beautifully presented and edited for clarity.
At the basis of the compilation is a new commentary on the Megillah, masterfully integrated into the words of the text – a compilation of Chazal's words in the Gemara and midrashim. The numerous details from the Torah shebe'al peh complete one's understanding of the Torah shebichsav, enhanced by the commentaries and annotations of our Sages - the interpreters of the Megillah - whose words have been lovingly embraced. In the margins, one will find thousands of illuminating notations, precise references, and additional explanations – creating a presentation of true perfection.
The central section to which most learners are drawn is "Otzar HaMegillah." Each topic relating to the Megillah, whether in halachah or aggadah, pilpul or svara, finds it place in this section. Questions and answers, comments and explanations – all were included, as an illustrious team of talmidei chachamim muflagim toiled endlessly to sift through the content and refine it so that the outcome is truly dazzling.
Often, you will find an excellent question, followed by many opposing views and responses – the "seventy faces to the Torah." No two prophets will share the same style of prophecy, and many sefarim have been written to explain different questions in different manners. All these responses were now compiled in this wondrous treasury of chiddushim using the highest standards, with concise titles and accompanying notations.
So many late gedolei Yisrael's lips continue to utter as their Torah shebichsav and shebe'al peh is studied through this treasury. A precise, detailed list of all the titles of sefarim included is printed at the end of the volume, showcasing the tremendous volume – and wide diversity – of gedolim from all communities whose words have been quoted in this compilation.
The volume begins with a useful introduction on the generality of Megillas Esther, discussing and clarifying crucial halachic and historical dilemmas pertaining to the Megillah, its author, the period during which it was written, and its general style. At the same time, other crucial addendums have been included as well, such as a calendar displaying the precise dates of the events described in the Megillah.
Despite the tremendous scope of content, the publishers pored over every minute detail. Thus, for example, the brachos recited before and after the Megillah were explained, alongside the various piyuttim that have been accepted throughout the generations, in the trademark quality explanation of the Mesivta series. In the margins of the sefer, the Targum Sheini annotation was printed as well, punctuated and including the "Patshegen Haksav" commentary by famous grammarian Rav Mordechai Ventura zt"l.
Our tremendous gratitude is extended to the illustrious Goldberger family, after whom this "Goldberger Edition" was named, for their wonderful philanthropy and their donating generously le'iluy nishmas their loved ones, thereby meriting to increase Torah in inexpressible magnitude. Currently, we are told, the stores are hardly succeeding in meeting the demand for the sefer, and the Torah Empire of Oz Vehadar is working accordingly to increase supply both to the stores as well as to the general sales line: 1-800-22-55-66.
Regarding this Megillah, we can quote the story told of one of the tzaddikim who heard his student – later to become a great tzaddik himself –reading the Megillah. The tzaddik commented; "I have heard the story of the Megillah countless times, but never have I heard it the way it was told just now!" Similarly, we point at this new Megillah and say, "Never as Megillas Esther been portrayed the way it is portrayed in the Megillas Esther - Mesivta!"