Saturday, March 8, 2008

The blessings upon the Megilah


We have been learning about Purim and Megilah reading.

We recite three blessings before reading the Megilah. The first thanks HaShem for the Mitzvah of reading the Megilah, the second thanks HaShem for performing miracles on our behalf on this date (Purim), and the third is the 'Shehechiyanu' which thanks HaShem for bringing us to this day of celebration and this once-a-year Mitzvah.

The third blessing is not just a thank-you for the Mitzvah of reading the Megilah - when we recite this blessing on Purim day, we keep in mind the other once-a-year Mitzvot of the day: Eating a Purim feast, giving to the poor, and giving Mishloach Manot gifts of food to our friends.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 692:1; Mishneh Berurah 692:1)

Have a great day,

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