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March 10 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Join us for our Purim Celebration with coffee and Hamantaschen (triangular shaped cookies) Oneg in the Sanctuary.
We would be reading the whole Megilah Esther / the scroll (book) of Esther, and typically different people would be chosen to read from it. It is customary to make special noises at certain points in the reading as follows: When we hear the names Haman, Esther, Mordechai, and we also use groggers (noise makers).
The following is observed:
- Zachor –“Remember” Shabbat Torah reading of in which we are to remember the deeds of Amalek (Haman’s ancestor) who sought the destruction of the Jewish people (Deuteronomy 25:17-19). Will be observed on Shabbat prior to Purim.
- Ta’anit Esther – Fast of Esther: to be observed on Monday March 9th, 2020 from 5:48 am to 6:59 pm . If you are in good health, fast is done without food or water, but if your health does not permit it or if a woman is pregnant then abstain from fasting. Also abstain from that which provides temporarily pleasure like watching TV, or listening music; video games and the like also apply to kids 11 and under.
- Matanot La’Evyonim – Give to the needy. In Purim is a special mitzvah to give to the poor.
- Mishloach Manot – Send Food Portions to Friends. Emphasis on unity and friendship; usually men send to men, and women to women at least two kinds of ready-to-eat foods (pastry, fruit, beverage).
- Be Merry – Eat, drink, and rejoice with friends and family on March 10th, 2020
- Purim Customs: Masquerades and Hamantashen. A time for children and Adults to and disguise themselves / for girls and ladies in commemoration of Esther being chosen among many to be Queen. Please note to dress up or disguise in accord with the Purim celebration but not like secular or pagan celebrations, i.e. Halloween or mardi gras. It is okay to dress up like construction worker, doctor, fire fighter etc., but not superman or batman…. Girls and ladies can dress up like queen, angels etc.