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Purim

This year we have a new synagogue-wide program encouraging all to share the joy of the holiday by sharing mishloach manot, a Purim tradition and mitzvah! Watch for more news about how you can participate.

What is mishloach manot?

Mishloach manot are gifts, typically baskets of food, that friends exchange on Purim. The tradition comes from the the scroll of Esther (9:19) where we are instructed to send gifts to one another. Mishloach manot include at least two different types of food, including hamantaschen, the traditional three-sided pastry eaten on Purim, and fruit or candies. Another gift shared during the holiday is called matanot la-evyonim, given at this season to those in need so that they, too, can celebrate Purim with a special meal (Esther 9:22).  This is an important social justice aspect of the holiday, whether it is donating a meal or canned food items, or making a donation, an act of tzedakah, to a place that assists with this work.

 

Wed, January 19 2022 17 Sh'vat 5782