LISTEN TO THE MEGILLAH
To relive the miraculous events of Purim, we listen to the reading of the Megillah (the Scroll of Esther) at night and again during the daytime.
When Haman's name is mentioned, we twirl 'graggers' and stamp our feet to 'drown out' his evil name. We tell the children that Purim is the only time when it's a mitzvah to make noise!
GIVE GIFTS TO THE NEEDY
Concern for the needy is a year-round responsibility for the Jew. On Purim, particularly, it is a special mitzvah to remember the poor. We should give charity to at least two, but preferably more, needy individuals. The mitzvah is best fulfilled by giving directly to the needy. If, however, one cannot find poor people, he/she should place at least several coins into 'Tzedaka' (charity) boxes. Even small children should fulfill this mitzvah.
SEND GIFTS OF FOOD
On Purim we emphasize the importance of Jewish unity and
friendship by sending gifts of food to friends. We should send a gift
of at least two kinds of ready-to-eat foods (for example, pastry,
fruit, beverage), to at least one friend during the daytime.
It is customary to send these gifts with the children. Children, in addition to sending their own gifts of food, make enthusiastic messengers.
EAT THE FESTIVE MEAL
As on all festivals, we celebrate Purim with a special festive meal during the day time, when family and friends gather together to rejoice in the Purim spirit.