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 mitzvot and customs of Purim at NHBZ:
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 6th beginning at 5:07 a.m. and concluding at 6:45 p.m.
Read the Book of Esther – Mitzvah of Mikra Megillah
It is a Mitzvah to hear the Megillah read twice, once at night and once by day. Bring your kids
Monday, March 6
5:25 pm Mincha
6:35 pm Ma’ariv
6:45 pm Megillah Reading
Tuesday, March 7
6:30 am Shacharis
7:00 am Megillah Reading
Give Charity to the Poor – Mitzvah of Matanot l’Evyonim (to be distributed on Purim Day)
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 Sunday, March 5.
Send Gifts to Friends – Mitzvah of Mishloach Manot
Fulfill the mitzvah of Mishloach Manot! Give actual gifts of food (two kinds of food OR one food and one drink) to at least one friend… then send our PURIM CARDS to everyone else!! All proceeds will benefit our NHBZ Chesed Fund. Cards may be purchased through our office for $10 per pack of 5 cards with envelopes or $18 per pack of 10 cards with envelopes.
Eat a festive Purim meal – Mitzvah of Seudah Purim
Tuesday night, March 7th
5:00 pm – Mincha
5:15 SHARP – Purim Seudah, Hi-Jinks, COSTUMES, and FUN for all!!!
Dinner, Whiskey Slush, PLUS Hamantaschen!!!
Ma’ariv following Seudah
RSVPs REQUIRED FOR DINNER – Seudah is SOLD OUT!
There’s still time for Purim Cards!