Thursday, 25 February 2010

Purim - A Time to Increase in Kindness

Purim in Eretz Yisrael is a fun, happy time. From Rosh Chodesh Adar, the children begin wearing fancy hats, crowns, face paint and more. As the month comes closer to Purim itself, full costumes are seen on most children and many adults join in the fun.

It is easy to enjoy the merriment, but we need to remember the message of Purim and a very important mitzvah involved.

Around the time that the Purim story took place, the Jews were living in Exile, mostly in Bavel. Mordechai was one of these Jews in Persia. While the king of the time had mis-calculated the time for the Exile to end, it is important to remember that prior to the Exile, we actually lived in Eretz Yisrael, not just with the Kotel but with the FULL Beis HaMikdash.

Amazingly, even with this magestic, building that united Heaven and Earth, there were many evil kings who carried out all manner of acts that were hateful to Hashem, thus leading up to our Exile.

In Persia, series of events transpired that lead to Mordechai teaching the little Jewish children and reminding them what it is to be a Jew, that lead to Esther the Queen fasting for 3 days before a series of miraculous events that resulted in salvation for the Jews who were in Exile. Many of the events that took place involved food, festivities, feasting. So it is that on Purim we too remember the time of the Purim story with a festive meal. However, prior to this is the mitzvah of giving gifts to others, especially to the poor.

In the image above, you will see a number of Mishloach Manos, placed in front of the Kotel. There are 10 of these packages all to be given to needy families. As we are currently fasting in memory of the 3 day fast that Queen Esther undertook for our sakes, we appeal to our fellow Jew to assist in increasing these Mishloach Manos.

There are many more need families who would benefit by receiving a package with actual food, a little kindness to brighten their day and lessen their load.

In the spirit of Purim and to assist in re-building the Beis HaMikdash, please make a donation towards more packages of this nature.

For those who have friends or family in Jerusalem and surrounding areas that would like to order a Mishloach Manos to be delivered to them on Purim / Shushan Purim, we provide this service too. Please visit our website for details, ideas and to place your order.

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