Mitzvah 1

Hear the Megillah (Twice)

The Megillah is the book of Esther, the story of the Jews in Shushan and their escape from death

It must be read from a piece of parchment and it must be READ. It cannot be recited by heart!




MITZVAH 2

Have a party!

Or, more accurately, have a Seudah, a meal, which should have bread at its center. Many also try to fulfill the Talmudic claim, ‘to be so drunk as to not know the difference between Mordechai and Haman.’ There are a lot of different interpretations of this line! So if drinking is good for you, zay gezunt! But if not, there are ways to celebrate without wine!


MITZVAH 3

Mishloach Manot

Give some gifts to your friends! And these gifts are traditionally food gifts, things people can eat. Many have the tradition to give gifts which require at least two separate Berachot/Blessings (i.e. a fruit and a cookie!)




MITZVAH 4

Matanot L’evyonim

Give some money to charity! Literally translated as ‘gifts to the poor,’ this is a time to give money to those who are less fortunate. Even the poorest amongst us are required to try and give something to those in need!









MITZVAH 1

Hear the Megillah (Twice)

The Megillah is the book of Esther, the story of the Jews in Shushan and their escape from death

It must be read from a piece of parchment and it must be READ. It cannot be recited by heart!


MITZVAH 2

Have a party!

Or, more accurately, have a Seudah, a meal, which should have bread at its center. Many also try to fulfill the Talmudic claim, ‘to be so drunk as to not know the difference between Mordechai and Haman.’ There are a lot of different interpretations of this line! So if drinking is good for you, zay gezunt! But if not, there are ways to celebrate without wine!

MITZVAH 3

Mishloach Manot

Give some gifts to your friends! And these gifts are traditionally food gifts, things people can eat. Many have the tradition to give gifts which require at least two separate Berachot/Blessings (i.e. a fruit and a cookie!)

MITZVAH 4

Matanot L’evyonim

Give some money to charity! Literally translated as ‘gifts to the poor,’ this is a time to give money to those who are less fortunate. Even the poorest amongst us are required to try and give something to those in need!