PURIM IS Here !!!
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 mitzvahs 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!
Monday night, March 9th
6:10 pm – Mincha
7:05 pm – Ma’ariv
7:15 pm- Megillah reading
Tuesday, March 10th
6:30 am – Shachris
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 Thursday, March 12th .
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 in our office at $10.00 per pack of 5 cards with envelopes, or $25 for three 5-packs.
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, Monday, March 9th beginning at 6:10 a.m. and concluding at 7:46 p.m.
5. Eat a festive Purim meal – mitzvah of Seudah Purim
Tuesday night, March 10th
5:50 pm – Mincha,
6:05 pm Sharp! – Purim Seudah, Hi-Jinks, and FUN for all !!!
Dinner, Whiskey Slush, PLUS Hamantaschen thanks to the NHBZ Sisterhood!!! Ma’ariv following Seudah.