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Mortality Strikes - Continuation

Yesterday I quoted a psak from a Torah Luminary that when a ba'al koreh read the Megillah on Friday [when Purim is on Shabbos] and subsequently died on the same day everybody who heard him read must hear the reading again.

Originally, I understood that his reasoning was that the persons reading was hanging in limbo until Shabbos at which time he fulfilled his obligation. [This would be akin to giving a women money and saying that the marriage should take effect tomorrow.] Since he died before the morrow came, he and everybody else do not fulfill their obligations. Based on this understanding I was ready to bombard him with questions.

But alas, upon further reflection I realized that I was mistaken. What I think he really meant was that since the whole obligation of reading Megillah stems from Shabbos and the reader was dead on Shabbos, it emerges that he was never obligated in the first place. Not that the reading was originally a valid reading and was retroactively uprooted but that [we realized retroactively] it wasn't a valid reading in the first place.

This would seem to depend on the following chakirah: How do we view the obligation of reading the megillah when it is pushed back from Shabbos to Friday. Is it a LATER Rabbinic decree that transfers the day from Shabbos to Friday but as far as the Anshei Knesses Hagedolah [who are responsible for the original decree to read the Megillah] are concerned the correct day remains Shabbos and Friday is just a makeup day. Or do we say that the original decree of the Anshei Knesses Hagedolah was to push it back to Friday. If we say the former then the reader must remain alive until Shabbos because that is the locus of the primary obligation. If we say the latter then it doesn't matter what happens after the reading on Friday - everyone was yotzei.

Moral of the story - Eat healthy, exercise a lot, focus on spirituality and live a long life.

The Har Tzvi analyzes this chakirah in his second volume. I love the Har Tzvi!

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