Monday, March 9, 2009

Are we all friends on Purim?


"One reason why we do not recite a blessing upon Mishloach Manot on Purim is because the essential mitzvah is, as recorded in the megilah, 'To send portions, ish l're'ehu,' which means 'each to his friend,' increasing peace. Who can examine hearts, to know if this person truly loves him?

"Therefore no blessings was enacted for this mitzvah, lest it be a blessing in vain."

(Taamei haMinhagim 897 from Orchot Chaim)

Chag Purim Sameach,

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