There is more to Purim that meets the bottle. Purim is so much fun. But don’t miss out on the important mitzvahs of giving tzedaka, giftbaskets and making a whole lavish feast!
There are four basic mitzvahs: Megillah, Tzedaka, Mishloach Manot, Seudah i.e. Hearing the Megillah read, giving to the needy, sending food baskets to friends and family, eating a lavish meal. I have listed all the details below!. Purim is a blast, try not to get drunk, but rather stay awake and enjoy the celebration.
1) Listen To The Megillah
To relive the miraculous events of Purim, listen to the reading of the Megillah (the Scroll of Esther) twice: once on Purim eve, Monday evening, March 13, 2006, and again on Purim day, March 14, 2006.
To properly fulfil the mitzvah, it is important to hear every single word of the Megillah.
At certain points in the reading where Haman’s name is mentioned, it is customary to twirl graggers (Purim noisemakers) and stamp one’s feet to “eradicate” his evil name.
2) Give to the Needy (Matanot La’evyonim)
Concern for the needy is a year-round responsibility; but on Purim it is a special mitzvah to remember the poor.
Give charity to at least two, (but preferably more) needy individuals on Purim day, March 14, 2006.
The mitzvah is best fulfilled by giving directly to the needy. If, however, you cannot find poor people, place at least two coins into a charity box. As with the other mitzvahs of Purim, even small children should fulfill this mitzvah.
3) 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.
On Purim day, March 14, 2006, send a gift of at least two kinds of ready-to-eat foods (e.g., pastry, fruit, beverage), to at least one friend on Purim day. It is preferable that the gifts are delivered via a third party. Children, in addition to sending their own gifts of food to their friends, make enthusiastic messengers.
4) Eat, Drink and 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.