Weeks before Purim, the holiday spirit fills my
home, as bits and pieces of costumes come
on and off my children; Purim tunes fill the air; and the little voices beg for
just one more hamantash. The dining room table has become Mishloach Manot central, covered with
baskets and boxes, ribbons and wrappings, to be used in preparing the gifts of
food sent on Purim. As Purim draws closer, various delicacies join the
chaos. My kids eagerly help me prepare the packages, ready for delivery on
Each year as I tie bows and plan the best route
through town, one particular Purim memory comes to mind. I was a child of
eight or so when I brought the brightly-colored package to my classmate’s quiet
home. It was the only one that she received that day. I knew that my
chocolates and fruit brought her true Purim joy and told her that someone
cared. Mishloach Manot are sent as expressions of friendship and unity, and my
friend’s shining eyes taught me what this mitzvah is all about.
As you prepare your
Mishloach Manot, consider adding one more person to your list, someone to whom
your gift will make all the difference.
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