When giving Machatzit Hashekel there is no need to raise the actual coins. One may fulfill the minhag of Machatzit HaShekel by placing paper money ($2) in the collection bin. Bins will be placed at each minyan on Thursday for this purpose. We should keep in mind that this minhag is merely a “Zecher l’Machatzit Hashekel” (remembrance) and not the actual mitzvah that was performed in the days of the Beit Hamikdash. If you are unable to attend in person, click here to fulfill this minhag.
Taanit Esther/Megillah: The fast should preferably be broken after hearing Megillah on Thursday evening, unless the person fasting will not hear Megillah for some time after the fast ends. In the event that one is hearing a later Megillah reading, eating light snacks after the fast ends would be permissible. A full meal should not be eaten until after one hears the Megillah.
The mitzvah is accomplished by sending two ready-made food items to one friend. Both foods may have the same beracha. Extra care should be taken to maintain safety precautions when exchanging Mishloach Manot.
The Mitvzah is fulfilled by giving tzedakah to two poor people on the day of Purim. Alternatively, you can fulfill the mitzvah by designating Rabbi Topp to distribute monies on Purim. Contributions can be made anytime in advance of Purim, online by clicking here or placed in the marked bin at Shul.
We encourage everyone to carefully take into account the CDC’s guidelines for distancing when having your seudah. With Purim being Erev Shabbat, the Purim Seudah (festive meal) should preferably be started before chatzot (midday, 12:06pm) and conclude prior to 2:57pm (“samuch l’mincha”), so that we can have an appetite later when we enjoy our Shabbat dinner.
There is some debate among the halachic authorities whether one must eat bread in order to fulfill the obligation of the Purim meal. The Rambam writes that the meal must consist of meat and wine while the Shulchan Aruch does not indicate this requirement which suggests that the meal can be fulfilled with any foods