Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Halocho #1304 - Purim gifts for the poor

One of the 613 Mitzvot in the Torah is to obey the Torah Sages. The Sages instituted Purim and its Mitzvot.

One of the Mitzvot of Purim is מַתָּנוֹת לָאֶבְיוֹנִים - to send gifts to at least two needy people. This gift is usually money.

Even somebody who lives off charity needs to fulfill this Mitzva.

One needn't hand the gifts directly to the needy; one can send them via messenger (or charity organization).

Purim is the only day of the year one does not check credentials; anybody who asks for charity on Purim is given something.

Both men and women have an obligation to give מַתָּנוֹת לָאֶבְיוֹנִים. Men may send מַתָּנוֹת לָאֶבְיוֹנִים to women and vice versa.

Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 142:3-4

- Danny
Tuesday, 9 Adar II 5774

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