begins Wednesday night, February 28 2018and continues through Thursday, March 1, 2018
TAANIT ESTHER (the Fast of Esther)
Wednesday March 9th, 2017
Starts at 5:09am
Ends: at 6:42pm
Saturday Night | March 11th, 2017
8:00pm Sharp: 1st MEGILLAH READING In the Main Sanctuary
Hilarious Purim Show for Kids by R' Yisroel Mitzman will take place during the first Megillah Reading
8:45pm: All are invited to a FULL COURSE MEAL In the Simcha Hall
Masquerade contest for Kids Only.
10:00pm Sharp: 2nd MEGILLAH READING In the Main Sanctuary
10:30pm: All Men are invited to attend A PURIM L'CHAIM
And a special blessing at the home of Rabbi Shloime
2700 Primrose Lane
Huntingdon Valley PA 19006
Sunday | March 12th, 2017
8:00am: Davening followed by Megillah Reading
9:00am: 2nd Minyon DOWNSTAIRS including Megillah Reading
9:30am: Yeshivas Mordechai Hatzadik in the main Shul
10:30am: Megillah Reading for Ladies
7:00pm: HEAR YE HEAR YE
All Men are Invited to attend A Purim L'Chaim and special blessings at CBS Community Center
Dancing, Live Music, Lots of Food & Drinks!!!
See You There!
MITZVOT & PURIM CUSTOMS
A very very simple guide to Purim, by Sofya Tamarkin
In depth laws for the mitzvah of commemorating Machatzit HaShekel.
GIFTS TO THE POOR
In depth laws for how to do Matanot La'evyonim correctly!
THE 4 BASIC MITZVOT OF PURIM
1. HEAR THE MEGILLAH BEING READ
We re-experience the miraculous events of Purim by listening to the reading of the Megillah (Scroll of Esther) twice: once on Purim eve, Wednesday, March 23, 2016, and again on Purim day Thursday Morning, March 24, 2016.
When the villain Haman is mentioned, it is customary to twirl groggers (Purim noisemakers) and stamp one's feet to "eradicate" his evil name. Let the kids know that Purim is definitely the right time to make noise!
2. GIVE TO THE NEEDY (Matanot L'Evyonim)
Concern for the needy is a year-round responsibility; but on Purim it is a special mitzvah to remember the poor. We give charity to at least two needy individuals on Purim day, Thursday, March 24, 2016. There is a custom that anyone who stretches out their hand for charity should be given too. This mitzvah is best fulfilled by giving directly to the needy. As with the other mitzvahs of Purim, even small children should fulfill this mitzvah.
(Hint: The most efficient way to fulfill this mitzvah is through your Purim gift to CBS Community Center.)
3. MISHLOACH MANOT | GIFTS OF FOOD
On Purim we emphasize the importance of Jewish unity and friendship by sending gifts of food to friends and strangers. On Purim day, Thursday, March 24, 2016, send a gift of at least two kinds of ready -to-eat foods, to at least one friend. Men should send to men and woman to woman. Children should send to their friends as well.
4. SEUDAT PURIM | EAT, DRINK, & BE MERRY
Purim should be celebrated with a special festive meal on Purim day, at which family and friends gather together to rejoice in the Purim spirit. It is a mitzvah to drink wine or other inebriating drinks at this meal.
SPECIAL PRAYERS FOR PURIM
On Purim we include the Al HaNissim prayer, which describes the Purim Miracle, in the evening , morning, afternoon prayers, as well as in the Grace After Meals. In the morning service there is a special reading from the Torah Scroll in the synagogue (Exodus 17:8-16).
CUSTOMS OF PURIM
A time-honored Purim custom is for children to dress up and disguise themselves -- an allusion to the fact that the miracle of Purim was disguised in natural garments. This is also the significance behind a traditional Purim food, the hamantash -- a pastry whose filling is hidden within a three-cornered crust.