How to give, how to receive

When we open ourselves up to truly share what we have with each other...we can elevate and transform the day into true celebration.

By NECHAMA GOLDMAN BARASH
February 28, 2018 19:16
MEMBERS OF the Jewish community carry gifts as they celebrate Purim in London in 2016

HAMAN RECOGNIZES His Fate’ (produced between 1648 and 1665) by either the famed Dutch painter Rembrandt or his workshopMEMBERS OF the Jewish community carry gifts as they celebrate Purim in London in 2016. (photo credit: NEIL HALL/REUTERS)

Purim is upon us and with it, once again, the various mitzvot of the day, particularly mishloah manot (sending of portions).

Several years ago, Tablet magazine published an article by Tova Ross in which she described the ritual as leading to “Mishloah Manot Wars” and gave some over-the-top examples of the lengths people go to express themselves creatively with costumes, themes and gift giving that for some, can turn a beautiful concept into a nightmare of competition and expense.

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