The Mitzvot Of Purim
Listen to The Megillah
To re-live the miraculous events of Purim, we listen to the reading
of the Megillah (the Scroll of Esther) on Purim eve and again on Purim Day.
Whenever Haman's name is mentioned, we twirl graggers and stamp our feet
to "drown out" his evil name. Tell the children Purim is the only
time when it's a mitzvah to make noise!
Send Gifts of Food
On Purim we emphasize the importance of Jewish unity and friendship
by sending gifts of food to friends. Send a gift of at least two kinds of
ready-to-eat foods (for example, pastry, fruit, beverage), to at least one
friend on Purim day. It is proper that men send to men and women to women.
Sending these gifts should be done through a third party. Children, in addition
to sending their own gifts of food, make enthusiastic messengers.
Give Gifts to the Needy
Concern for the needy is a year-round responsibility for the Jew. On
Purim, particularly, it is a special mitzvah to remember the poor. Give
charity to at least two, but preferably more, needy individuals on Purim
day. The mitzvah is best fulfilled by giving directly to the needy. If,
however, you cannot find poor people, place at least several coins into
pushkas (charity boxes). Even small children should fulfill this mitzvah.
Eat The Festive Meal
As on all festivals, we celebrate Purim with a special festive meal
on Purim Day, when family and friends gather together to rejoice in the