Friday, Feb 26
- 7am: In-Person Shacharit and Megillah Reading. Please join us for megillah reading in the morning! We will also be presenting our new shul megillah, dedicated in honor of Elie Pariente for allowing us to use his lot. (Zoom available)
Laws of Purim
FAST OF ESTHER/Taanit Esther
- Fast begins at dawn.
- If you’re pregnant, recently given birth, or nursing you’re not obligated to fast.
- If you’re not feeling well you shouldn’t fast. This is especially important this year with the spread of COVID-19. Taanit Esther is a customary fast not obligatory.
- Tachanun is not recited at Mincha
READING OF THE SCROLL OF ESTHER/Kriat Hamegillah
- The Scroll of Esther is read publicly in the evening and on the morning of Purim. It is required to hear both readings.
- Your obligation can be fulfilled by listening over Zoom/Facetime of a Megillah reading so long as the Megillah is read from a kosher Megillah.
- It must be read from a scroll written in accordance with Halachah.
- The reader and the audience must have intent to fulfil the mitzvah of reading and to fulfil the obligation of the blessings before and after.
- Ideally the scroll should be read in the presence of a minyan.
- The prayer 'al hanissim' is added in the Silent Prayer (Shmoneh Esrei) and in Grace after Meals.
- If one forgot 'al hanissim' one does not repeat the prayer.
GIFTS TO FRIENDS/ Mishloach Manot
- One is obligated to give at least one gift to one fellow Jew. The more the better.
- One should spend more funds on gifts to the poor than on mishloach manot.
- The gift must consist of at least two different items of food, ready to eat.
- One should be careful to observe proper social distance and mask wearing when delivering gifts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
GIFTS TO THE POOR/Matanot Le'evyonim
- One is obligated to give a gift of money, sufficient for one meal, to at least two poor people. The more the better.
- One should spend more funds on gifts to the poor than mishloach manot.
- Funds must be available on the day of Purim. (No post-dated checks.)
- It is preferable to take care of this obligation early in the day.
- The gift may be given to a third party in order to distribute on the day of Purim.
- It is customary to give charity to all who ask.
THE FESTIVE MEAL/ Seudat Purim
- It is obligatory to partake in a festive meal with wine on the day of Purim.
- One should not have an indoor seudah with anyone outside of their family or pod because of the spread of COVID-19. If eating outside one should ensure that proper social distance and masks are observed.
- One may recite 'al hanissim' even if the meal goes into nightfall.
- Many have the custom to have the seudah on Friday morning when Purim runs into Shabbat. Some have the custom to have the seudah in the later afternoon and go into Shabbat. If doing this, one can simply cover the food, recite Kiddush and continue.
**If you have any questions please email Rabbi Leener (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call/text (240-505-7914)**
Tachanun is not recited, nor is the prayer lamenatzeach.