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Matanot LaEvyonim (Gifts to the Poor on Purim)

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The mitzvah of Matanot LaEvyonim on five levels
Matanot LaEvyonim
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?
A Purim Lesson
This woman is like a bottomless cup of coffee. I give, and she wants more, and I give more, and she’ll want even more. I sincerely do feel badly for her. But I am equally scared to let a person who is in chronic, desperate need become dependent on me . . ...
Contrasting Three of the Purim Mitzvahs
This class deeply analyzes various passages where Maimonides describes the parameters for observing three of the special Purim mitzvahs: rejoicing at a feast, sending food gifts to friends, and giving monetary gifts to the poor. (Based on Likutei Sichos v...
Laws, Customs, Insights
Prepare for Purim with a quick overview of a) the practical laws (halacha) of Purim, b) the Megillah story, and c) insights into the deeper meaning of the holiday.
Do I have to get drunk on Purim?
I’m going to sound like a nerd, but I’m not. Do I have to drink on Purim?
The laws and customs for the purim mitzvot of mishloach manot—sending food gifts, matanot la’evyonim—charity for the poor, and the festive feast.
The nuances of Purim's mitzvot reveal many levels
The nuances of Purim's mitzvot reveal many levels
After waking up early Friday morning, Chabad-Lubavitch families from the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, N.Y., prayed the morning services, read the Scroll of Esther, and headed out to bring the joy of Purim to Jewish senior citizens.
Chabad.org presents a wealth of information about Purim on VirtualPurim.org. The site is also host to the world’s largest Purim costume contest.
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