Thursday, February 26, 2009


A Bit of Purim Halacha in Israel

by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths

My daughter asked an interesting sha'alah (religious question)...

I want to give mishloach manot (the gifts of Purim, a religious obligation to give on Purim day) to a friend in Jerusalem. We don't live in Jerusalem and celebrate Purim on the 14th of Adar - but Jerusalem celebrates on the 15th of Adar. Do I fulfill my obligation by giving her on the 14th?

This is a halachic (Jewish religious law question) which can only arise nowadays in Israel. The halacha of Purim is that walled cities - cities that were walled at the time of Yohoshua bin Nun (Joshua) - celebrate a day later than unwalled cities. Unwalled celebrate on the 14th, and walled on the 15th, Jerusalem on the 15th, most other cities in Israel on the 14th (there's a few other places that celebrate on the 15th as well).

Nowadays, you can live in Mevetzeret Tziyon and be 10 minutes from friends in Jerusalem (by car), so it's a practical question.

I asked this sha'alah of the halacha rav at Rabbi Nati's yeshiva. His answer was:

A person who lives outside of Jerusalem cannot fulfill their obligations of Mishloach Manot by giving to someone in Jerusalem on Purm - the 14th of Adar. (And of course, if they gave on the 15th of Adar - Shushan Purim when it is celebrated in Jerusalem, the time of fulfilling the obligation has passed for them.)


Anonymous said...

Lots of people who live outside Jerusalem come to town to celebrate the 15th as well--make sure you find a family in Jerusalem to celebrate Shushan Purim with so you can have double the fun :). (obviously there is no mitzvah for yourself, but you can help your fellow Jerusalemite fulfill their seuda mitzva).

emunatidbits said...

Check out this article

Neshama said...

Isn't there a ban from settling within the walls of Yericho? What about praying vis-a-vis this ban?

"Once Again, Prayers in Ancient Jericho Synagogue
( For the first time in nearly nine years, Jews prayed at the centuries-old Shalom Al Yisrael synagogue in Jericho. Israeli soldiers and PA police guarded."

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