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One of the four special mitzvot to observe on the day of Purim is giving gifts to the poor. Why is this practice termed "gifts" (matanot) to the poor and not "charity" (tzedakah) as we might expect?

Purim: Gifts for the Poor

Purim: Gifts for the Poor

Matanot LaEvyonim

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Rabbi Moishe New heads the Montreal Torah Center. He is a sought out lecturer on Kabbalah and its relevance in our lives today.
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February 24, 2015
Thanks, Rabbi, for helping me understand the reason for our joy on Purim and the meaning of cursed be and blessed be... I will be able to more fully enter into the joy of the day.
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