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Mishloach Manot – Purim Gift Packages – Lessons for Our Time

Though there are two Adars this year and Purim seems far off, there is still time to start thinking about the Mitzvah for Mishloach Manot, a tradition that holds profound significance in our heritage. This ancient practice, rooted in the Book of Esther, has not only served as a means of spreading joy and unity within the Jewish community but also imparts valuable lessons that resonate in our modern lives.

Mishloach Manot, or the giving of food gifts, is a mitzvah mandated in the Book of Esther (Esther 9:22), emphasizing the importance of communal unity and mutual support. Traditionally, Jews exchange packages containing at least two different types of ready-to-eat foods, ensuring that all members of the community partake in the joyous celebration of Purim.

In reflecting on this age-old tradition, we can draw modern lessons that apply to our lives today:

In an era dominated by digital communication, Mishloach Manot reminds us of the profound impact of personal connections. Amidst the hustle and bustle of modern life, taking the time to prepare and share these gifts fosters a sense of community that goes beyond virtual interactions. It encourages us to strengthen the bonds with our fellow congregants in a tangible and heartfelt manner.

The requirement to include at least two different types of foods in Mishloach Manot symbolizes the beauty of diversity within our community. As we exchange these packages, let us appreciate the richness that comes from the varied backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives that make our congregation unique. In doing so, we embody the spirit of Purim, celebrating unity in diversity.

Purim is a time to spread joy and kindness, and Mishloach Manot provides a tangible way to express these sentiments. By engaging in the act of giving, we remind ourselves of the power inherent in small, thoughtful gestures. In our fast-paced lives, a simple act of kindness can have a profound impact, uplifting both the giver and the receiver.  In this time fraught with the war in Gaza and rising antisemitism in the world, sometimes it is good to find moments of joy for ourselves and others. The practice of Mishloach Manot underscores the importance of supporting one another during times of celebration. In our modern context, this can serve as a reminder to be there for our fellow congregants not only in times of joy but also during challenges and hardships. Building a strong and supportive community is a shared responsibility that strengthens the fabric of our congregation.

As we have had in the past, we will again have packages available for purchase for members of the congregation or friends and family.  This year we are also adding an option to donate to help wounded and recovering soldiers in Israel through an organization called Brothers for Brothers.   You can click here to take you to the page to purchase your Misloach Manot.


Rabbi Bradley Tecktiel


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