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Purim – Let the Festivities Begin Part 2 – Mishloach Manot – Exchanging Gifts with Friends

Purim is just a few weeks away.  As we approach the joyous festival of Purim, our hearts are filled with anticipation and excitement. Purim, a time of celebration and merriment, is also a moment for reflection and learning from the timeless teachings embedded in our traditions. I want to take the opportunity to use my Shtender over the next couple of weeks to highlight the different mitzvot of Purim.  Each week, I will highlight one. 


The four major mitzvot of Purim are, Kriat HaMegillah or Reading the Megillah, Mishloah Manot or giving gift packages to friends and family, Matanot Le’evyonim or donations to the poor and Seudat Purim or festival Purim meal.  Each mitzvah has a special significance for us today. 


Mishloach Manot:

Mishloach Manot is the tradition of exchanging gifts of food and drink with friends and loved ones. This beautiful custom, rooted in the Book of Esther, reminds us of the importance of unity, friendship, and spreading happiness within our community.


Mishloach Manot serves as a tangible expression of our care and concern for one another. By giving gifts of food and drink to our fellow community members, we are not only fulfilling a mitzvah but also fostering a sense of connection and solidarity. In a world that often seems divided, this act of kindness reminds us of the power of unity and the strength of our community.


But what message can we take from Mishloach Manot for the year 2024? As we navigate the challenges and uncertainties of our time, Purim and the mitzvah of Mishloach Manot offer us valuable insights.


Firstly, Mishloach Manot teaches us the importance of reaching out to others. In a world that is increasingly driven by technology and virtual interactions, it is easy to lose touch with the people around us. This Purim, let us make a conscious effort to connect with others on a personal level. Whether it's through a heartfelt message, a phone call, or even a small gift, let us reach out and strengthen the bonds of friendship within our community.


Secondly, Mishloach Manot reminds us of the power of small acts of kindness. The gifts we exchange may seem simple, but their impact goes far beyond the physical items. A thoughtful gift can brighten someone's day, bring a smile to their face, and remind them that they are cared for and valued. In a world that often feels overwhelming, let us remember that even the smallest gestures of kindness can make a significant difference in someone's life.


Lastly, Mishloach Manot encourages us to celebrate and find joy in the present moment. Purim is a holiday filled with laughter, costumes, and celebration. It reminds us to embrace the joyous moments in life and to find reasons to celebrate, even amidst challenges. Let us approach each day with a sense of gratitude and a willingness to find joy in the little things.


As we prepare to celebrate Purim and fulfill the mitzvah of Mishloach Manot, let us embody the spirit of unity, kindness, and celebration. May this tradition remind us of the importance of reaching out, spreading happiness, and finding joy in our community. May it inspire us to strengthen the bonds of friendship and to create a world filled with love and compassion.


We have made it easy to fulfill this wonderful mitzvah.  Click here to order your Mishloach Manot from MKT. 


Wishing you all a joyous and meaningful Purim!

Do not forget to check your emails for all the information on our Purim happenings on Saturday night March 23 and Sunday, March 24


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