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Purim 5780: This Year's Schedule 

Monday March 9, 2020 - Ta’anit Esther/Erev Purim
Fast begins at 6:09 AM
Shacharit 6:15 AM
Mincha/Maariv: 7:00 PM
Kids Costume Contest and Purim Fun 7:20 PM (Herschel Hall)
Maariv: 7:40 (Epstein)
Fast ends at 7:50 PM (although many wait until after megillah reading to break the fast)
Megillah Reading: 7:50 PM (see below for list of readings)
Purim Day: Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Shacharit - 6:00 AM & 9:00 AM (Epstein Sanctuary) -
Reading of Megillah - approx. 6:30 AM & 9:30 AM (Epstein Sanctuary)
Women’s Megillah Reading - approx. 9:30 AM (Bobrow Chapel)
4:00 PM - Early Mincha at Rabbi Antine’s home
7:00 PM - Mincha & Maariv (at the shul)
Please bring boxes of pasta (or even Wacky Mac) to use for your Purim grogger/food donation for the annual Purim Pasta Grogger donation to Tzedakah.  After hearing the Megillah, please place your pasta boxes in the large box located in the Berman Atrium.
There will also be an opportunity to do your Machatzit Hashekel at shul.
Description of Megillah reading options:
All Megillah readings begin at 7:50 PM.
  • Standard Megillah Reading read by David Weisel (Epstein Sanctuary)
  • Halachic Interactive Family Service (Herschel Hall) - Join our Shaliach Tomer Hilel, Rabbi Antine, and surprise guests for lots of Purim fun! Michael Koplow will be the Megillah reader. Come early (at about 7:20 PM) and there will be a costume parade for all the kids to show their costumes and some fun games.
  • Women’s Megillah Reading  (Bobrow Chapel-for women only).
  • Sephardic Reading (Right Side of Abramson)
4:00-7:00 PM: Purim BBQ Seudah at the Antine home (11800 Seven Locks Road) with the Antine Family, Cooper Family, and Tomer . Come for the whole Seudah or just stop by to say ‘Hi” and have a L’chaim. Wings, hot dogs, hamburgers, and veggie options. We will start with mincha at 4:00 PM. AND ANNOUNCING... a special SHOW FOR KIDS at 5:00 PM! Ruach and merriment will be abundant; we only ask you bring a D’var Torah! (even a super short one!) Extra spirits/beer/wine (mevushal) always appreciated!If street parking runs out, you can park in the shul parking lot and walk over.
Halachot of Purim
  • Megillah Reading: All adults are required to hear every word of the Megillah both in the evening and in the morning. The Shehechiyanu bracha said in the morning megillah reading applies to all of the mitzvot of the day: The Purim Seudah, Matanot L’Evyonim (gifts to the poor) and Mishloach Manot. These three mitzvot must be fulfilled during Purim day.
  • Mishloach Manot: One is obligated to give a gift to at least one person, with at least two ready-to-eat foods. A person in their year of mourning should not receive Mishloach Manot, but is obligated to give.
  • Matanot L’Evyonim: The mitzvah of giving gifts to the poor on Purim is of great importance, and though you may choose to give your tzedakah to whomever you like, remember that Jewish law requires that the poor receive the money on Purim itself. Here are some suggested ways to do this mitzvah: Rabbi Antine’s Tzedakah Fund, Yad Yehuda of Greater Washington Matanot L’Evyonim Fund, and Leket Israel
  • Purim Seudah: The Purim Seudah should be a full meal, including washing, eating bread and doing Birkat HaMazon. Some have the custom to drink extra at the middle, to 'not know the difference between Haman and Mordechai.' Remember that alcohol may not be served to minors. Please be safe, and please note that is halachically forbidden to drive while drunk)
Tue, December 1 2020 15 Kislev 5781