Havdallah Kumzitz, Purim Megillah Reading & Refreshments March 11th at 7:15pm at Palm Aire Village 6721 NW 26th Way Fort Lauderdale FL 33309 FREE ADMISSION - To RSVP pleaseclick here or call (954 228-3338) Purim in the Stetl Sunday March 12th @ 2:00 pm at The Herb Skolnick Center in Palm Aire 800 SW 36th Ave Pompano Beach, FL 33069 Featuring: ~ Traditional Jewish Foods! ~ Hamantashen, Lokshen, Matzah Ball Soup, Chopped Liver,& more. ~ Come Dressed in your Shtetl Finest! ~ Watch the Purim Story drawn in sand ~ Hear the Megillah, ~ Shake The Gragger! ~ Shalach Manos Gift for all! ~ Music! ~ Lots of Fun!
Purim begins this year on Wednesday evening, March 4, and continues through Thursday night, March 5th.
There are four Mitzvos we do:
Megillah Reading - Book of Esther – The Megillah is read twice on Purim, once at night and once during the day. In order to properly fulfill the mitzvah of Megillah, it is necessary to hear every word during the reading. For this reason it is imperative that people not talk to each other during the Megillah reading.
Mishloach Manot/Shalach Manos - Sending Gifts – Every Jew is obligated to give at least one Mishloach Manot gift containing at least two different types of ready-to-eat food items.
Matanot La'evyonim - Gifts to the Poor – Giving to the poor is a mitzvah all year round. However, the mitzvah to do so on Purim is in addition to the general mitzvah of tzedakah (charity). To properly fulfill the mitzvah of Matanot La'evyonim one must give to two poor individuals. Although one may fulfill this mitzvah by giving a very minimal amount of money to each person, the sages noted that the highest form of fulfilling this mitzvah is by giving enough money for a meal, or the equivalent in food. This mitzvah may be fulfilled by donating beforehand to an organization that will distribute the money or food on Purim day.
Seudah - Festive Meal – One is obligated to partake in a festive meal on Purim day. The bare minimum to fulfill this mitzvah requires that one ritually wash (netillat yadayim), eat bread and then recite the Birkat Hamazon , the Grace after Meals.