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Purim

Put on your costumes and come have fun!

Saturday, March 11 at Bridgeport

  • Family Purim Spiel and Hamantaschen Contest. 5 pm (includes dinner)
    • Shir Tikvah Members and Nashira Project families can RSVP HERE.
    • Guests to Shir Tikvah can RSVP HERE.
  • Adult Adloyadah. 7:30 pm.

It’s that time of the year again! Put on a costume, stuff yourselves with cookies and wine and listen to the epic story of the Jewish people’s triumph over misogynistic, power-hungry anti-Semites. I’ll bet Esther was warned. Nevertheless, she persisted.

We have two events this year: our family-friendly Purim Celebration & Dinner requires an RSVP.
Our Adult Adloyada does not.

Our Family Friendly celebration

We’re going international this year – come prepared to learn some new customs!
Saturday, March 11th
Doors open at 5:00 pm
Pasta Dinner @ 5:30 pm
Purim Spiel @ 6:15 pm

BYOB & an entry for our 5777 Hamantaschen Contest.
Categories this year:

 Most Triangular
Smallest
Largest
Most Exploded
Most Likely to Be Eaten at a Protest

Adult Adloyada & Pots and Pans for Purim

Saturday, March 11th
Megillah Reading @ 7:30 PM
BYOB and a nosh to share.

We’ll be collecting pots and pans to donate to the Community Warehouse – a non-profit organization that gives household goods to recent immigrants, refugees and others in need. Bring a new or gently-used pot, feel free to bang on it to make some noise, then leave it behind to be donated to folks who could use a hand.

 A Note from the Rabbi

The Days of Purim can either fall on the 14th of Adar or the 15th of Adar, depending upon where you live. The reason for this is because the Jews of Shushan originally observed the festival on a different day than the Jews who lived elsewhere. In the other provinces the Jews waged war on the 13th and observed the 14th as a day of festivity and rejoicing. The Jews of Shushan waged war during the 13th and 14th of the month and observed the 15th as a day of festivity and rejoicing.

Therefore, Purim celebrated on the 14th of Adar is called Purim of the Open Cities while Purim on the 15th of Adar is called Purim of the Walled Cities. In these days, the only city that has the status of Shushan and therefore celebrates Purim on the 15th is Jerusalem. In a number of other places, the scroll of Esther is also read on the 15th of Adar due to doubt. In those communities, the essential observance of Purim is fixed for the 14th of Adar (since this is when everyone reads the Megillah) and though the reading of the Megillah is repeated on the 15th, the blessing which precedes the Megillah reading is not recited.

The four mitzvot which are obligatory on Purim:

  • the reading of Megillat Esther
  • festivity and rejoicing – mishenikhnas Adar marbim simkha –be happy, it’s Adar”!
  • Shalakh Manot (sending gifts),
  • Matanot L’Evyonim (gifts to the poor)

Shalakh Manot (Gifts to One Another)


One must give a gift which consists of two portions to another person. Both men and women are included in this mitzvah. The food must consist of something edible or drinkable without further cooking or preparation. One may send meat, fish, cooked pastry, wine and other beverages. These gifts should be sent to as many people as one chooses but they should be sufficient to convey regard for the recipient. If at all possible, these gifts should be sent by messengers, rather than delivered personally because the Megillah uses the word mishlo’akh (sending) for these gifts (thus they are also called mishlo’akh manot).

Matanot L’Evyonim (Gifts for the Poor)

One is required to give at least two gifts to two poor people on Purim, in other words, one gift to each. Even a poor person who subsists on charity is required to perform this mitzvah. This obligation can be fulfilled through food or drink or even clothing. The gift should be sufficient to buy bread. The gifts to the poor are given during the day, usually after the reading of the Megillah.

 

 

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