February 28, 2018
Purim Sameach to you, your WIZO and personal families and your communities.
Purim, celebrated on the 14th of Adar, commemorates our nation’s miraculous salvation more than two millennia ago. Purim 2018 begins Wednesday night, February 28 and continues through Thursday, March 1, (March 2 in Jerusalem).
In the Book of Esther, we read that Purim is a time for "feasting and merrymaking," as well as for "sending gifts to one another and presents to the poor" (Esther 9:22). In addition to reading the M'gillah (Book of Esther), we celebrate by dressing in costumes, having festive parties –eating and drinking until we do not “know the difference between 'cursed be Haman' and 'blessed be Mordechai’”; perform "Purim-spiels that are " satirical theatrical adaptations of the story of the M'gillah, send baskets of food (mishloach manot) to friends, and give gifts to the poor (matanot l'evyonim).
In other words, in order to be able to fulfill "feasting and merrymaking", we are obliged to make sure that the poor and less fortunate are also able to be merry. We can be proud that as WIZO women – we care for the poor, underprovided and less fortunate every day of the year.
Let us also add a small prayer - Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, please protect your people Israel, and its brave soldiers from the modern day Hamans. Amen.
G-d bless you, G-d bless WIZO, G-d bless Israel.
President, World WIZO
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