This week in Shteelim, we began our exploration of פורים (Purim) — reading the story of Esther, putting on puppet shows, making our own puppets, baking hamantaschen and giving them away!
Over the next two weeks, we will be focusing on the ארבע מצוות (Arbah Mitzvot – four mitzvot) of פורים (Purim): לשמוע מגילה (lishmoa megillah — listening to the Purim story read from the scroll), מתנות לאביונים (matanot la’evyonim — giving to those in need), משלוח מנות (mischloach manot — “sending of portions”/giving treats to friends), and סעודה (seudah — feasting!).
After baking hamantaschen this Tuesday, Shteelimers asked if they could give these treats to their parents, siblings, and grandparents. So we wrapped up the treats we had made in bags with פירות (peyrot – fruits), tied them with yarn and tissue paper, and sneakily hid them from parents in order to surprise them. We were able to be flexible in the moment and follow the children’s interest in preparing gifts for the rest of the day.
With the rest of the treats, we put them on a tray and delivered them to friends in the JCC and Rodfei Zedek משרדים (misradim – offices).
We practiced our delivery by saying פורים שמחים (Purim Sameach – happy Purim!). As soon as we got downstairs, Shteelimers grabbed their bags and went up to every person they saw in the building. It was a great intro to משלוח מנות (mischloach manot — “sending of portions”/giving treats to friends) and a day of sharing in each other’s generosity.