“They shall make them days of feasting and gladness, and of sending portions to one another, and giving gifts to the poor.” – Megillat Esther 9:22
The mitzvah of Mishloach Manot can be traced all the way back to the Book of Esther. After Mordechai and Esther foiled Haman’s plan, Mordechai sent letters to all the Jews of Shushan declaring the 14th of Adar as a joyous celebration during which we give gifts of food to our friends. Coupled with Mishloach Manot also comes Matanot La’evyonim – gifts to the poor. The purpose of both of these mitzvot is not only to ensure that all Jews have enough food for a festive Purim meal, but also to practice love, friendship, and care between each other. Sending Mishloach Manot and Matanot La’evyonim allows us the opportunity to work on and grow our relationships with each other which in turn will nullify Haman’s evil decree and unify all of us as one community.
So please support Beth El’s Talmud Torah by contributing to Mishloach Manot, and thusly bring our community together.
Chag Purim Sameach!
Cantor Jonathan Angress
Don’t forget to RSVP for Beth El’s Purim Celebration on Wednesday, March 20, 2019