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MEGILAH 29, 30 (25, 26 Tishrei) - Anonymously dedicated by an ardent
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1) [line 25] MESARGIN L'SHABASOS - we alternate Shabboses
2) [line 7] MA'AMADOS
(a) The Mishnah in Ta'anis 26a states that the early prophets divided Bnei
Yisrael into twenty-four groups, or Ma'amados. Each Ma'amad consisted of
Kohanim, Leviyim and Yisraelim, and it was their duty to make sure that the
Korbanos were sacrificed properly. The Ma'amados worked in a rotation and
took responsibility for the Korbanos of one week, twice each year.
(b) When each Ma'amad's turn arrived, the Kohanim and Leviyim would travel
to the Beis ha'Mikdash to do the divine service. Some of the Yisraelim
traveled to Yerushalayim, also, but most of them stayed in their own cities.
It was the job of the Yisraelim to pray that the week's Korbanos should be
accepted by HaSh-m. They gathered together to fast, read special portions of
the Torah (discussing the creation of the world) and recite the special
Shemoneh Esrei of Ta'aniyos (see Background to Shabbos 24:1).
3) [line 12] MI'TZAFRA KINUFYA - the assembly of the people is from the