Megilat Ester with parallel translation (Hebrew, Russian), and also articles about essence of Purim holiday
text with the accompanying Russian translation.
This new revised edition has been enhanced in several ways: the whole volume, both Hebrew and Russian, has been reset in a clear, crisp typeface. The Russian translation, while still based on the original edition, has been amended to read more smoothly.
Following the Megillah, we added the chapter on Purim of our yet-tobe-published book titled "Our Holidays". This chapter includes the story of Purim; the holiday's background, its history and laws as well as its practical lessons and relevance now, over 2000 years later, based on the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson.
Many individuals have worked assiduously to make this Megillah a success. We gratefully acknowledge the invaluable contributions of the following:
Rabbi Moshe Chaim Levin and Rabbi Shlomo Galperin, noted writers and lecturers, for their pioneering work on the original translation and to Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Okunov, Vice President of F.R.E.E., for bringing the first edition to print.
Rabbi Dov-Ber Haskelevich and Mr. Mikhail Rubin for their extensive editorial work on revising this new edition; Mendy Goldstein and Rabbi Ephraim Stock for their design and layout; Rabbi Mayer Okunov, Chairman of F.R.E.E., for his invaluable editorial assistance and guidance, and Rabbi Yosef Y. Okunov of the FREE Publishing House for directing this project and bringing it to fruition.
This new revised edition comes on the occasion of a significant anniversary. It is 42 years since the founding of F.R.E.E. in 1969 by a directive of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Led by a group of young partisans, recent graduates of the Soviet Union's Chassidic underground, F.R.E.E. was the world's first organization established to serve the new Soviet Jewish emigrants in their material and religious needs. Since then F.R.E.E. has enjoyed outstanding success in helping tens of thousands of such Jewish families. Today F.R.E.E. is America's largest Jewish organization devoted to these services.
As we celebrate the holiday of Purim, recalling and re-experiencing its miracles, may we all be privileged to experience the true and complete redemption speedily in our days.
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