Purim commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in Ancient Persia from Haman’s plot to kill all Jews in a single day. Set in Persia 2,300 years ago, the “Megillah” tells how a seemingly unrelated series of events spun together to save the Jewish people from annihilation. Purim is Judaism’s most dramatic, fun-filled holiday. Here are the mitzvot and customs of Purim at NHBZ:
1. Read the Book of Esther – Mitzvah of Mikra Megillah
It is a Mitzvah to hear the Megillah read twice. Bring your kids and family!
Wednesday, March 16
6:35 pm Mincha
7:55 pm Ma’ariv
8:05 pm Megillah Reading
Thursday, March 17
6:30 am Shacharis
7:00 am Megillah Reading
2. Give Charity to the Poor – Mitzvah of Matanot l’Evyonim
Od Yosef Chai – For several years, NHBZ has collected money for Od Yosef Chai, an organization that distributes money to the poor in Israel. Make checks payable to Rabbi’s Charity Fund and bring or send them to our office. To donate by credit card, please call 314-991-2100, ext. 2. The deadline for contributions is Monday, March 14th.
3. Send Gifts to Friends – Mitzvah of Mishloach Manot
Fulfill the mitzvah of Misloach Manos! Give actual gifts of food to at least two friends… then send our PURIM CARDS to everyone else!! All proceeds will benefit our NHBZ Chesed Fund. Cards may be purchased through our office for $12.50 per pack of 5 cards with envelopes.
4. Fast of Esther
To commemorate the day of prayer and fasting that the Jews held in the Book of Esther, we fast on the day before Purim, Wednesday, March 16th beginning at 6:00 a.m. and concluding at 7:51 p.m.
5. Eat a festive Purim meal – Mitzvah of Seudah Purim
Thursday night, March 17th
6:00 pm – Mincha
TBD – Purim Seudah, Hi-Jinks, and FUN for all !!!
Dinner, Whiskey Slush, PLUS Hamantaschen!!! Details coming soon!
Ma’ariv following Seudah.
RSVPs WILL BE REQUIRED FOR DINNER
Stay tuned for details!
Watch for the next planning meeting.
SPONSORS REQUESTED ~ VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!