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PURIM 5784

PURIM EVENING

Motzei Shabbat, March 23rd at 8:15 pm

Megillah Readings (In Person & Zoom)

 

PURIM DAY

Sunday, March 24th, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Megillah Readings (In Person & Zoom) at 10:00 am

PURIM PARTY (In Person) at 11:00 am

CLICK HERE FOR AN ONLINE MEGILLAH

CLICK HERE TO JOIN US ON ZOOM!

 

JOIN THE PURIM CELEBRATION AND DO A MITZVAH! 
PARTICIPATE IN THE HTAA MISHLOACH MANOT FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN!
ALL OF OUR HTAA MEMBERS, NEAR AND FAR, WILL RECEIVE
A PACKAGE OF MISHLOACH MANOT THIS YEAR!
  
INCLUDE YOUR PURIM GREETING WITH THE BAG OF MISHLOACH MANOT.

SEND A GREETING TO THE ENTIRE HTAA MEMBERSHIP FOR THE SPECIAL RATE OF $108.

 Your name will be included on a card inside a Mishloach Manot gift bag filled with wonderful goodies. 
SIMPLY FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW TO PARTICIPATE
IN THE MISHLOACH MANOT FUNDRAISER. 
Those outside Montgomery County will receive a special Mishloach Manot gift box mailed to their home.
Before you fill out the form below, make sure you are signed in to your account. 
Payment is required as the final step to include your greeting. If you would like to mail a check to the office instead, please call Jessica and she can process the transaction for you. 
CLICK SUBMIT TO COMPLETE YOUR TRANSACTION ON OUR PAYMENT PAGE.  
PLEASE CALL THE SHUL OFFICE AND SPEAK WITH JESSICA,  IF YOU NEED ANY ASSISTANCE. 301-649-3800.
IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL, AFTER SUBMITTING YOUR PAYMENT, PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE TO MAKE SURE IT WAS PROCESSED PROPERLY.

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What is Purim?

Purim is one of the most fun holidays celebrated by the Jewish people, but is often under recognized. Purim (held on the 14th day of the Hebrew month of Adar) commemorates the day Queen Esther of Persia saved the Jewish people from execution by Haman, the advisor to the Persian king. Esther bravely exposed her previously hidden Jewish heritage to her husband, the king, and asked him to save her people, which he did.

Here are some of the traditions that make the holiday so fun:

  • There's lots of food and drink
    • Many Jewish holidays incorporate stricter rules, which could include mandatory fasting, but Purim is much more relaxed. There is only a minor fast the day before Purim, which commemorates the three days Esther fasted before approaching the king. Then, the holiday itself is known for a party atmosphere, with big feasts where you can eat and get drunk (within reason, but it is encouraged).
  • There's Hamantaschen
    • One of the best treats for Purim are hamantaschen: triangle-shaped cookie pastries with fruit or savory filling. The treat is said to look like Haman's tri-cornered hat or his ears ("oznei Haman" in Hebrew). Sweet hamantaschen are most popular, with poppy seed, chocolate, date, apricot, or apple filling.
  • There's fun heckling
    • During the synagogue service, the "megillah," or scroll, of Esther is read aloud. Because the book says Haman's name was "blotted out," everyone in the synagogue stamps their feet, yells, and heckles using "groggers" (ratchet noisemakers) all 54 times his name is read in the story.
  • There are baskets of food
    • A Purim tradition is to send out baskets of food and drink ("shalach manot"/"mishloach manot") to family, friends, and to the poor. They are to be filled with food that is ready to eat — pastries, wine, candy, chips, and snack foods. 
  • There are carnivals
    • On Purim, there are often carnivals, with revelers dressing up, dancing and having parades. Kids have tons of fun at these events, doing crafts, making Purim baskets, playing games and making noise-makers. Carnival attendees enjoy showing off their costumes; anything from Biblical characters like Moses to Esther and Haman.
  • Give Charity/Matanot L'evyonim
    • One of the holiday's religious requirements is to give directly to at least two people in need. The Jewish sage Maimonides instructs us not to be too discerning. “Anyone who puts out his hand to take should be given money.”
    • Matanot L’evyonim should be given early enough on Purim so that the poor can benefit on the holiday. 
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