Weekly Message 17th March 2016

This upcoming Wednesday night/Thursday, is the festival of Purim. When a Jewish holiday approaches we want to feel the spirit of the holiday and celebrate. We want our children to get a feel for it and enjoy it.
Here are the 4 things we do on Purim to capture the spirit:
1. Feast! – The table is decorated, we wash for bread or Challah and enjoy a meal featuring meat, wine, joyful Jewish songs, words of inspiration and a joyous Purim atmosphere. We sing, drink, laugh, and have fun together. We will be doing this in full style at the Synagogue at the “Purim in the Jungle” party.
2. Hear the Megillah – a.k.a. “The Book of Esther” – this is the scroll that tells the Purim story. Listen to the public reading twice: once on Purim night (It will be read on Wednesday night March 23, 7:30pm at the synagogue followed by a special kiddush), and again on Purim day, Thursday, March 24 (during the morning service, or late afternoon at the “Purim in the Jungle” party).
3. Give to the Needy (Matanot La’Evyonim) – Care for the less fortunate, give money or food to at least two needy people during the daylight hours of Purim, March 24.
4. Gifts to Friends (Mishloach Manot) – Send a package with two different ready-to-eat food items and/or beverages (e.g., pastry, fruit, beverage) to at least one Jewish acquaintance during the daylight hours of Purim. This emphasises the importance of friendship and community.
We have a fantastic party on Thursday night with quality entertainment and dinner for adults and children. Dina & I look forward to celebrating with you and making this a very memorable Purim!

Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Chaim & Dina Koncepolski