Thursday, March 20, 2008

Priority for Purim: Helping others


"It would be best for a person to increase his gifts to the poor, rather than increase his feast or his sending portions to friends, for there is no greater or more splendid joy than to gladden the hearts of the needy, orphans, widows and strangers.

"One who gladdens the heart of these forlorn is likened to the Shechinah, as it is written (regarding what Gd does), 'To rejuvenate the spirit of the low, and to rejuvenate the heart of the depressed.'"

(Rambam, Mishneh Torah, Laws of Megilah 3:17)

Have a great Purim,

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