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.
We have two events this year: our family-friendly Purim Celebration & Dinner requires an RSVP.
Our Adult Adloyada does not.
Wednesday, February 28th at the synagogue
- Family Purim Spiel & Great Yiddish Baking Show Hamantaschen Contest
- 6:00 – 6:30 Macaroni and Cheese dinner. BYOB and cookies to share.
- 6:30 – 7:00 Megillah
- 7:00 – 7:30 Dessert
- Adult Adloyadah. 7:30 pm. BYOB and bring a nosh to share.
The Great Yiddish Baking Show Categories:
Best Isosceles Triangle
Showstopper: one single perfectly formed DOUBLE-DECKER hamantaschen with a filling Mary Berry would love.
Wednesday, February 28th
Megillah Reading @ 7:30 PM
BYOB and a nosh to share.
Pots and Pans for Purim
We’ll be collecting pots and pans and silverware 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.