The joyful holiday of Purim will soon be upon us. Purim provides a golden opportunity to both awaken and engage our entire community. Since 2000, Temple Emmanuel has combined a central Purim mitzvah of Mishloach Manot, the exchange of gifts and tzedakah, with a fun and successful fundraising drive, but this year we are planning to do something a little bit different. In lieu of the traditional goodie baskets, the Ritual Committee would like all of the tzedakah provided by our community to be split between Temple Emmanuel and the Wakefield Food Pantry. This would truly be a Purim mitzvah. You can use the online form to participate with a credit card!
The joyous holiday of Purim has several associated mitzvoth. First, of course, we are obliged to hear the Megillah of Esther read twice: on Erev Purim and on the actual day itself. And we are meant to partake in a seudah – a Purim festive meal. The story we celebrate is that of the victory of the Jews over the wicked Haman in Shushan, Persia. Aided by the courageous Queen Esther and guided by her cousin, Mordechai, the Jews escape mass murder and turn the tables on the enemy. And so on Purim WE turn the tables, too. We dress up as we are not (i.e., in costumes!!!)
This year, the Temple Emmanuel Family Megillah reading will be conducted via Zoom on Thursday, February 25 (yes, it’s early this year), beginning at 7:00 PM. Arrangements will be made to acquire Megillot books and graggers in the same manner as we did for High Holiday services last year – stay tuned for more details. We encourage all members and their families to virtually join in on the fun, laughter and spirit of the service.