Purim Guide

Purim Guide

Hear the Megillah!

Hear the complete story of how Mordechai and Queen Esther helped save the Jewish people from the hands of the wicked Haman. Once at night and a second time on Purim day.

Give Gifts of Food!

Purim is a day we show extra special friendship to our friends. Send your friends gifts of food that include at least two different types of food. For example: fruits and candies; cookies and a bottle of juice; etc.

Give Tzedakah (Charity)!

Give some money to two poor people (or more), or put at least two coins in your favorite charity box.

Eat and Rejoice!

Participate in a festive meal on Purim afternoon. Sit together with your family and friends, sing Jewish songs, tell the story of Purim, and be merry!

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Spider-Man Dallas, Texas, USA February 4, 2017

Answer to question Hey, Anonymous! You should totally look in the recipe section when you click on Purim. That might help. Reply

Anonymous March 5, 2014

What kinds of foods do we eat on Purim besides humantashin:) Reply

even yisroel Tamarac FL February 10, 2013

why are there costumes? Reply

Sorry, forgot the source! Pittsburgh February 10, 2013

answer to costume contest There are four reasons why we dress up on Purim.
1)just like dressing up changes who we are, on Purim the saddest situation got changed to the happiest one!
2)to remember how Ester didn't reveal who she truely was.
3)to hint at how G-d's name is not mentioned throughout the whole Megila
4)to hint at the fact that when giving to the poor we should give in a hidden way so as not to embarrass them. Reply

Rochel Chein for chabad.org March 14, 2012

Re: Interesting It is the practical actions that we take that bring the Purim story and its lessons to life year after year, reminding us to focus on the amazing miracles that G-d performs for us. When we give gifts of friendship and reach out to the needy, we partner with G-d in making this world a better place. Reply

Anonymous Randolph, VT March 12, 2012

Costume Contest I am wanting to learn about Jewish holidays. Much is understandable, but I am puzzled about the costume contest. Is there a reason behind the costumes? Is there a theme that costumes portray? Dress as anything??? Reply

Anonymous San Diego, CA, USA March 10, 2012

Interesting It is amazing to me how we can take the story of G-D raising up Esther to marry a Persian,( an Iranian...amazing for sure) and how she bravely told him who she was in order to save the Jews....to wearing costumes, buying gifts, and partying. The amazing work of G-d in our lives gets pushed to the side for a side show! When will we give our G-d our praise and worship for the awesome interventions in our daily lives? He loves us dearly. Lets focus on Him and nothing else; He deserves nothing less. Reply

vanessa san diego March 4, 2012

Very helpful guide Reply

Linzi Cornwall Cornwall, ---------- February 26, 2012

Purim I was brought up Jewish until the age of 8 and I was sent to live with a new family this site has helped me rediscover my roots. Thank you! Reply

Chani Benjaminson, chabad.org March 15, 2011

Tanach The Book of Esther is part of the third category, Ketuvim also knows as Scriptures. You can view the entire Tanach in English translation at this link: chabad.org/63255 Reply

Anonymous NMB, Florida March 14, 2011

To which part of Tanach does the Megillah belong? To which part of Tanach does the Megillah belong? Reply

elie lincoln, england March 3, 2010

Purim I am 12 years old and doing a project about purim and this site is amazing i found out everything i need to know about it and hopefully it will be good thanks Reply

Ryanlee G. Mesias Davao City, Philippines February 26, 2010

Shalom I am a Jewish gentile, this site really gives me the enlightenment of how could I embrace the miracles during Purim. I'm looking forward to celebrating more Jewish holidays with your help. Reply

Cedric Arthur Pulawski Melbourne, Australia February 22, 2010

Very good guide My friend Amnon guided me to this site so that I could learn more about this special day. Very good guide. Mazal tov! Reply

Anonymous dublin, ireland March 8, 2009

purim guide very very intresting and helpfull Reply

Jacquelin Pacheco Albuquerque, NM March 7, 2009

Purim We are Sephardic Jews just learning about the Jewish faith. My daughter saw Purim was on the calendar and asked what it was. This sight is very helpful and will make it fun for her to learn about Purim. Thank you. Reply

Ilene Bethlehem, PA March 15, 2008

purim guide I found this purim guide most helpful .for me and my daughter. The ips here will to help me help her enjoy the 'fun' of being jewish. .I especially liked the 'homemede purim costume ideas' .Jordana liked the idea of the hippy costume. , Thank you! Reply

racheli brooklyn, new york March 12, 2008

purim The chabbad.org is very well doe for purim all this time ive just been sending candies like 5 of them but now i realize that i should make more healthy stuff. Reply

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