Monday, March 21, 2016

Mishloach Manot

Mishloach Manot
Day: Monday
Date: March 21, 2016
Parshat: Tzav
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 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. Meaning, one may give a portion each of two different different kinds of meat but if he gave two portions of the same kind of meat he has not fulfilled the mitzvah. Likewise, he can even give two kinds of drinks, although it is better to give food rather than drinks. The purpose of the mitzvah is to promote love and brotherhood between all Jews since giving to others 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 and receiving mishloach manot, 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, clothing, or even Torah books, even if he knows that the one receiving them will enjoy them.

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