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The FOUR MITZVOT OF PURIM

1.  Hear the Megillah Hear the complete story of how Mordechai and Queen Esther helped save the Jewish people from the hands of the wicked Haman. Hear the Megillah twice on Purim; once at night (3/20) and a second time Purim day (3/21).

Click here for Chabad Bucktown's Megillah-reading schedule

2.  Mishloach Manot Give Gifts of Food! Purim is a day we show extra special friendship. Send your friends (or enemies!) gifts of food that include at least two different types of food - like fruits and candy; cookies and a bottle of juice. Send at least two food gifts to at least one friend on Purim day (3/21). 

3.  Mattanot LaEvyonim Give Tzedakah (Charity)! Give some money to two poor people (or more) or put at least two coins into your favorite charity box on Purim day (3/21). You can give Mattanot LaEvyonim online and Chabad will make sure that your tzedakah is distributed to needy families on Purim day. It is preferable that more money be spent on Mattanot LaEvyonim than on Mishloach Manot.

4.  Eat a Festive Meal and Rejoice! Participate in a festive meal on Purim afternoon, 3/21. Sit together with your family and friends, sing Jewish songs, tell the story of Purim, and be merry! Preferably, this should be a meat meal. Click here for details on Chabad's Purim meal at Purim at the Shtetl.