Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Mitzvah Of Mishloach Manot

The Mitzvah Of Mishloach Manot
Day: Thursday
Date: March 13, 2014
Parshat: Tzav, Zachor
Source: Yalkut Yosef: 695

The basic requirement of mishloach manot is to give two portions of food to one person. The foods do not need to have different berachot but they do need to be different kinds of food. For instance, one may give two different kinds of meat but if he gave two plates of the same kind he had not fulfilled the mitzvah. Likewise, he can even give two kinds of drinks, although it's best to give actual food and not just drinks. The purpose of the mitzvah is to cause love and brotherhood between all Jews since giving causes people to like each other. Another reason is because some people may be ashamed to accept financial help for the Purim meal. By everyone giving mishloach manot to each other those people will receive assistance without any shame. The mitzvah must be fulfilled during the day, not at night. One does not fulfill the mitzvah by sending cigarettes, or clothing, or even Torah books, even if he knows that the one receiving them will enjoy them.

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