Megillah (meaning "scroll") is the name of the Book of
Esther. When it is read in the synagogue on Purim, the Megillah is
unrolled as it is read. The Megillah tells the story of Esther, Mordechai,
(insert gragger sound here) Haman, and Ahasueros.
The word Megillah has become part of the English language, and
has come to mean "a story repeated in its every detail." In the second
century C.E. an entire tractate of the Mishna, called the Megillah, was
written. The tractate devotes itself to all the details of the Purim
holiday, and its observances, and especially to the specific rules concerning
the reading of the Scroll of Esther.
Although five books of the bible are called megillot or
scrolls (Esther, Lamentations, Song of songs, Ruth, and Ecclesiastes,) when the
word megillah is used without specification, it referes to the Scroll
of Esther. This is so because is early Talmudic times (prior to 250 C.E.)
the Book of Esther was the only scroll read in the