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Purim Schedule And Laws

Mar 15th, 2016 by nzakon | 0


Purim Schedule 

Shabbos March 18-19- Parshas Zachor 

Special Pre Purim Torah reading-Parshas Zachor 10:15 A.M. 

Second Reading 11:45 A.M. 

The pre Purim Torah reading is an obligation for adults. Please be sure to come and hear this special reading. 

Wednesday March 23 Taanis Esther-Fast of Esther 

Fast Begins 6:12 A.M. 

If you plan on eating before the fast begins you should verbally stipulate so before going to sleep Tuesday evening. 

Pregnant or nursing moms, people who are ill, boys below the age of bar mitzva and girls below the age of bas mitzva should not fast! If you are unsure if you should fast ask Rabbi Zakon. 

Mincha 7:00 P.M. 

Special mitzvos and customs for Purim

  • Machatzis Hashekel-Half Shekel

To commemorate that when we had the Bais Hamikdosh-Temple in Jerusalem all males over the age of bat mtizva would donate a half shekel to the Temple we customarily donate three half dollars. This is done before Mincha on The Fast of Esther. (We have the half dollars at Mincha for you to purchase) 

    2. Megilla Reading

Men and women (over the age of bas or bar mitzva)are obligated to hear the Megilla BOTH during the evening of Purim (Wednesday evening) and during the day of Purim! (Thursday) 

3. Matanos Lievyonim-Gifts to the poor

Men and women (over the age of bar or bas mitzva) must give a meal or the amount of money it would cost to purchase a meal to two poor people. This must given during the day of Purim.

RMBM (Maimonides) writes that one should spend more money on gifts to the poor than on the festive meal. One should figure that a meal for a poor person costs $10 per poor person.

Rabbi Zakon  is collecting money for this and the money will be distributed on Purim day both locally and in Israel. Please give the money to him BEFORE Purim

 4. Mishloach Manos

Men and women (0ver the age of bar or bas mitzva) are obligated to give a gift of at least two prepared foods to another person during the day of Purim. The custom is that men give to men and women give to women. 

  5. Seudas Purim- The Purim Festive Meal

All should have a special meal in honor of Purim during the day of Purim. Please join us for the Royal Persian Feast at DATA of Plano! To RSVP or sponsor please email

Cost $25 Per family

Sponsorship $100

To sponosor or RSVP email Rabbi Zakon at

Please come to the Megilla reading in costume! 

Maariv 8:00 P.M. 

Megilla Reading 8:25 P.M. 

Those who are fasting can eat after hearing the Megilla. 

Fast ends 8:26 P.M. (For those who will hear the Megilla later in the evening.)

Second Megilla Reading 9:30 P.M. 

Thursday March 24-Purim 

Shachris 6:30 A.M. 

Daytime Megilla Reading #1 7:25 A.M. 

Daytime Megilla Reading #2 10:30 A.M. 

Daytime Megilla Reading #3 5:15 P.M. (In  a side room at the start of the Royal Persian Feast.)

Gala Purim Family Dinner 5:30 P.M.

Please RSVP at

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