How to Observe Purim

Purim is one of the most festive Jewish holidays. Purim commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people in Persia from extermination. This festive holiday is celebrated annually on the 14th day of the Hebrew month of Adar. Purim is celebrated with a celebratory meal (Seudat Purim), wine drinking, wearing of costumes, gift-giving, and giving charity to the poor.

  • During Purim, it is mitzvah to listen to the reading of Megillah. It is customary to twirl graggers and make noise by stamping one’s feet.
  • It is also mitzvah on Purim to help the needy. Adults and even children should practice this custom. Give at least two gifts to two persons in need. If you can, give to more people in need.
  • On the day of Purim, give a gift of food and drinks to your friends and loved ones.
  • Participate in the Al Hanissim reading. The Al Hanissim prayer describes the miracle of Purim.
  • Enjoy Purim with a special holiday meal. It is also mitzvah to drink wine.
  • Dress up! Wear your costumes, make some noise and enjoy the festive mood of Purim.

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