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Sending Gifts of Food


Question:

I heard there's a fun "food mitzvah" on Purim called "mishloach manot" - would you please tell me what it is and why we do it?



AskTheRabbi.org answered:

"Mishloach Manot" is Hebrew for "portions of food".

It’s a mitzvah to send portions of food, mishloach manot, to one another on Purim. Minimally, everyone should send to at least one person two portions of different types of food, like meat and cake or cake and wine. The food should be ready to eat so it can be served at the festive Purim meal.

Sending such presents - especially if they are tasty! - engenders friendship and love for one another, and shows our joy for our miraculous rescue from the evil Haman.

Wishing you a very happy and meaningful Purim!


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