Hear the Megillah:
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 night, March 20,
2019, and again on Purim day, Thursday Morning, March 21,
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!
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, March 21, 2019.
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 Colel Chabad.)
Send Food Portions to Friends(Mishloach Manot):
On Purim we emphasize the importance of Jewish unity and friendship by sending gifts of food to friends and strangers.
On Purim day, March 21, 2019, send a gift of at least two kinds of ready-to-eat foods, to at least one friend. Men should send to men and women to women. Children should send to their friends as well.
(Hint: Your Purim gift to Colel Chabad takes care of this for you - and the recipients are guaranteed to be the poorest of the poor in Israel.)
Eat, Drink and be Merry(Seudat Purim):
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.
(Hint: No Purim feast is complete unless the poor are included. Your Purim gift to Colel Chabad is the surest way to share your Purim feast with the truly hungry.)
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).
(Hint: 800,000 impoverished children can use a Purim miracle of their own this year. You have the power to make it happen.)
Masquerades and Hamantashen:
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.
(Hint: Your Purim gift to Colel Chabad means tens of thousands of hamantashen will be delighting needy families all across Israel.)