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Official Purim Decree

02/27/2014 11:30:35 AM



AND IT HAS COME TO PASS IN THE CONGREGATION B’NAI JACOB  that a decree has been issued that the holiday of Purim shall be observed with joy and gladness, the evening after Shabbat, Saturday, March 15th and on Sunday, March 16th.

LET THERE BE the reading of the Megillah, the singing of songs, the attirement in costumes, and the booing of Haman, the villain!

AND IT HAS BEEN FURTHER DECREED that all humankind endeavor to rid itself of the influence of Haman and evil, so that all may ever know joy and happiness unto the fullness of days.

Dear B’nai Jacob Family and Friends,

By the evening of March 1st, we will have reached Rosh Chodesh, and the beginning of the month of Adar Sheni (Adar II). Shortly we shall begin the celebration of Purim. In the Gemara Taanit 29a we learn: “Rav Yehudah the son of Rav Shmuel ben Shilat said in the name of Rav: Just as with the beginning of Av rejoicings are curtailed, so with the beginning of Adar rejoicings are increased.”  In keeping with this, we could say: “Be happy. It’s Adar!”

In the Halachot of the Shulchan Aruch and its commentaries, there are fascinating laws dealing with how we are all to hear the Megillah reading in the evening and the next morning. Even the study of the Torah is held in abeyance, so that the mitzvah of hearing the Megillah read aloud can be fulfilled.

It is also intriguing to see a commentary explain that if someone could not hear the Megillah read on the evening of Purim and it was beyond his or her control, the next morning’s reading would suffice, as the evening’s reading was by Rabbinic enactment, while the morning’s was m’divrei kabbalah, handed down from our prophets. I wonder how many know the importance of the Megillah reading the next day?

Since Purim begins at the close of Shabbat, we will first gather at 7:00pm for  a Shabbat meal (Seudah Shlishit). Please R.S.V.P. by March 6th to the shul office.

Let us please remember the minhag (custom) to contribute three half dollars the night of the Megillah reading, to commemorate the half shekels that were donated at this time of the year in the days of the Beit Hamikdash, the Temple. This money is given to tzedakah.

Also, there is a mitzvah to give shalach manot, Purim gifts, to at least one other person, consisting of at least two varieties of food. (You will note in this bulletin, as well as synagogue emails, that our religious school provides you with a wonderful opportunity to perform this mitzvah, and also help support our religious school.)

As well, there is a mitzvah to give matanot la’evyonim, money or food to at least two poor individuals on Purim. (Our collection is dispersed to those who need help.)

And then there is the mitzvah to have a Purim Seudah meal during the day of Purim, March 16th. Penny will be preparing this brunch to occur after Sunday’s 11 a.m. Megillah reading.  Please RSVP by March 6th.

Regarding alcoholic beverages…..give me a call, and I will explain it to you!

Rebbetzin Penny and I wish you a  Chag Purim Sameach!

See you in shul!

Rabbi Mitchell Kornspan

Sat, December 4 2021 30 Kislev 5782