What To Do On Purim?
Purim is an amazing and fun and sometimes forgotten holiday. Purim is of the holidays that was added AFTER the Torah was written so while you won’t see it mentioned in the actual Torah, it has it’s own scroll dedicated to the holiday. That scroll is called Megillat Esther (the scroll of Esther). (Another fun note – Megillat Esther is the only book of the Tanach that doesn’t mention G-d once! Here’s some fun reading on that topic.)
So, like every Jewish holiday, there are certain Mitzvahs that we are supposed to complete. For Purim, there are four. They are:
- Hear the Megillah (There are several this year in our community – see here.)
- Give to the needy (Matanot LaEvyonim)
- Give food packages to friends (Mishlach Manot)
- Have a festive meal
So, check out our community gatherings page for megillah readings, find your favorite place to give tzedakah (charity), and invite some friends over for a festive meal… but what about those food packages? Mishlach Manot are often a tough one for people. It takes a bit of planning and thinking things through… well, MazelTogether has the solution for you!
Our team has put together resources and ideas for you and your family to help making Mishlach Manot easier! We are calling it the Purim Basket Brigade! Invite some friends over and make up a few Purim baskets then deliver them to your friends and neighbors. If you want to take it to the next level, bring together a group of people from your neighborhood or community, let us know and we will help you out by paying for the supplies to support your community building project. Reach out to Bethany Friedlander at email@example.com and/or fill out the host gathering request form here.
Purim Basket Brigade Resources
Click here to download a double sided sheet with information on what Mishlach Manot is and some inspiration on how to make them. There are so many good ideas like soup in a jar or hot chocolate in a jar or a basket full of sunshine yellow goodies. These baskets can be as simple or complex as you want!
Click here to download some ready to go tags to put on your baskets! It’s super easy! Fill them out and attach with ribbon or rope!
Check out our Purim resources and gatherings here.
The Jewish University
The Sunday Experience
Denver Purim Jam