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The Seudas Purim (the Purim feast) and Mishloach Manos (food for friends)
MBY 695:1-4 What should the Purim day schedule look like? 1) After davening shacharis with the appropriate additions (see above siman 693), one is obligated to hear the Megilah again. Although the earlier the better (i.e. preferably after sunrise), one may fulfill the mitzvah of Megilah anytime before sunset on Purim day. Remember: all adult and mature children in the family must hear the Megilah, so good planning must be done to ensure that everyone will has the opportunity to hear it.

2) During the early part of the day, one should set out to distribute his Matanos La’evyonim (gifts to the poor) to two poor recipients (see previous lesson) and deliver his Mishloach Manos packages to at least one friend. (Note: There is an opinion that it is preferable to have an agent deliver the M.M.) A package must contain at least two types of food or drink which are ready to be eaten and can be enjoyed during the seuda, if the recipient would like. It is praiseworthy for one to increase the number of M.M. packages sent to friends in order to spread goodwill and brotherhood. (Note: Remember, however, that Matanos La-evyonim are the most precious to Hashem! If the recipient refuses to accept the M.M. - either out of friendship (e.g. “I don’t want to take your food away from you” ) or out of ill-will (chas veshalom, e.g. “I don’t want your food” ), opinions differ as to whether or not the giver has fulfilled his mitzvah. The safe thing to do is to try someone else! Unlike Matanos La’evyonim, when it comes to Mishloach Manos, a man should give only to a man and a woman to a woman. (Ed: Family to family is fine.)

3) Mincha should be davened before the Seuda, as often it will go past sunset. It is meritorious to study Torah a before entering into the Purim Seuda.

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