Dear Members and Friends
With Purim just three weeks away, we are looking forward to a joyous and meaningful Purim. While guidelines for the synagogue Megilla readings are not yet complete, I’m pleased to inform you that we will be having live Megilla readings at shul both Purim evening (Thursday, Feb. 26) and morning (Friday, Feb. 27). We also plan to broadcast the Megilla readings by Zoom. When we obtain guidance from our medical advisors as to the maximum number of individuals allowed at shul we will provide specific information for registration to attend the live Megilla readings for those able and interested in doing so. Stay tuned!
The Purim Seudah (festive meal) can be fulfilled in the morning (Friday), but in any event, should be completed by 2:30 P.M.
Regarding the mitzvah of Mishloach Manos (gifts of food), one can fulfill the mitzvah by leaving a Mishloach Manos package on a person’s porch if it is a safe and secure area and the recipient will receive it on Purim provided that the recipient is made aware of the identity of the giver. Please keep in mind that the mitzvah of Mishloach Manos only requires the delivery of two separate food or drink items to one person. Therefore, although in most years it is considered praiseworthy to give Mishloach Manos to many people during this year one may rely upon fulfillment of the essential mitzvah to give Mishloach Manos to one individual.
Matanos L’Evyonim (Tzedaka on Purim Day) can be given in advance to those who will be distributing gifts to the poor on Purim from Matanos L’Evyonim funds. As in past years, I will be distributing Matanos L’Evyonim both locally and through the worthy organization of Od Yosef Chai. If you would like me to be your proxy to distribute Matanos L’Evyonim, please make sure your check arrives at the synagogue no later than Wednesday, February 24. The check should be made out to ‘The Rabbi’s Fund’ with a notation ‘for Purim Tzedaka.
Parshas Zachor will be read at shul on Shabbos, February 20. For those not able to attend, hopefully, we will all be able to be in shul this summer to listen to Parshas Zachor again at the conclusion of Parshas Ki Teitzei (8/21/2021), at which point someone who did not previously hear it live should have in mind to fulfill the obligation again at that time.
If you have any questions about Purim or any other matter, please feel free to contact me at Pepshort613@gmail.com or 314 749-5271.
Rabbi Ze’ev Smason