One of the beautiful mitzvahs on Purim is to give food gifts to a friend. Upon analyzing the Talmud’s discussion, we probe the different reasons to this observance, which will determine how we define the parameters of the mitzvah.
Hi, If I know someone is going to be away from their community for business over the holiday of Purim, is it appropriate to send the Purim gifts of food by mail? Answer: There is a discussion among authorities on Jewish law whether one can fulfill the obl...
Should we be giving mishloach manot only to the poor?
By Baruch S. Davidson
In a recent meeting of our temple sisterhood, the issue was raised that the giving of gifts at Purim, mishloach manot, is really only meant for the poor and that the modern way of giving doesn’t benefit anyone.
On Purim we emphasize the importance of Jewish unity and friendship by sending gifts of food to friends. We send a gift of at least two kinds of ready-to-eat foods (e.g., pastry, fruit, beverage), to at least one friend on Purim day.