Jews around the world will soon be celebrating the holiday of Purim. This joyous time is a golden opportunity to awaken and engage our community. Like many Jewish holidays, Purim has several mitzvot associated with it. 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 honorable cousin Mordechai, the Jews escape mass murder and turn the tables on the enemy. And so, on Purim, WE turn the tables, too, by dressing up as we are not, i.e., in costumes!!!

Another special Purim mitzvah of Mishloach Manot is the exchange of gifts and tzedakah. Since 2000, Temple Emmanuel has combined this mitzvah with a fun and successful fundraising drive for the benefit of the membership in lieu of giving traditional goodie baskets. Over the past number of years, and in the true giving spirit, the received tzedakah provided by our community has been split between Temple Emmanuel and the Wakefield Food Pantry. This would genuinely be a Purim mitzvah.

Please consider an online Mishloach Manot donation. There are four contribution levels: a “Mishloach Well-wisher,” a “Mishloach Mensch,” a “Mishloach Super Mensch,” and a “Mishloach Mega-Mensch.” You can also send a check as well. Please place your “giving level” on the memo section of your check, then mail it to the Temple at the address below:

Temple Emmanuel

120 Chestnut Street

Wakefield, MA 01880

Please mark the envelope “Mishloach Manot” outside so we can process your donation as soon as possible.

The Temple Emmanuel Family Megillah reading will be on Saturday, March 23, beginning at 7:00 PM. We encourage all members and their families to join in on the service’s fun, laughter, and spirit. Come in costumes!

We will host a kid-focused Purim Party on Sunday, March 24, from 10:30 to 12:00 noon. Enjoy crafts, games, stories, and, of course, hamantaschen and a kid-friendly megillah reading.