purim 2023 - Welcome to Beit Chabad’s Purim website
Purim commemorates the miracle where the people of Israel were saved from the evil Haman who wanted to destroy all Jews at the times of the Persian empire.
At Beit Chabad’s Purim website, you will learn the day’s mitzvahs and customs as well as everything you need to know about Purim.
In addition, you can observe the mitzvahs of Matanot La’Evyonim and the Machatzit HaShekel through Beit Chabad using Bit or credit card.
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Purim 2023 – Hebrew and Gregorian dates
Purim 2023 will take place on Tuesday, Adar 14th 5783, Purim begins at night, on March 06, 2023 and ends on March 07, 2023 at the end of the day.
In Jerusalem, Purim is celebrated on the next day, on Adar 15th, and is also called Shushan Purim, Purim eve will take place on March 07, 2023 and Purim day is on March 08, 2023.
Read more about date differences regarding Purim.
Purim – The significance of the day
Purim commemorates the miracle in which the people of Israel were saved at the times of the Persian empire, Purim comes from the word “pur”, a Persian word meaning fate, a lottery conducted by the evil Haman to determine a date in which he wanted to kill all Jews.
Purim is celebrated every year through the four mitzvahs chosen by Our Sages.
The mitzvahs of Purim
- Matanot La’Evyonim – giving gifts to two poor people.
- Mishlo’ach Manot – giving a basket containing 2 portions, men give to their male friends and women to their female friends.
- Mishte’ VeSimcha – holding a feast on Purim.
- Mikra’ Megillah – reading the Megillah of Esther on Purim eve and once again the next day.
Ta’anit Esther – Purim 2023
Adar 13, the day adjacent to Purim is a day of fasting.
Times at which the fast begins and ends, why we fast, and customs regarding the fast, see the Ta’anit Esther page.
It is a Jewish tradition to eat hamantash on Purim – a pastry with three corners made of dough with a sweet filling. Read why we eat hamantash on Purim?
Costumes for Purim
It is customary among the people of Israel for children to dress up on Purim, a commemoration of the excerpt from the Megillah that says “Vwnahafoch Hu’” – on the contrary, where a day of mourning became a happy day, and so Mordecai, when the decree was in effect, wore clothes of mourning, and when the decree was revoked, he changed his clothes to a royal attire, and so dressing up once a year became the custom.
It is important to note that this is a welcome custom but not a mitzvah.
Wearing Sabbath clothing
It is customary to wear Shabbos clothes for Purim.
Working on Purim
No work is done on Purim, and it is stated in Halakha books that one who works during the holiday receives no blessing for the money he made that day.
Work for the purposes of celebrating Purim is allowed, and there are other exceptions, for questions it is best to consult with a Rabbi.
For the three prayers and Birkat HaMazon, the prayer “Al HaNisim” – [and] on the miracles, is added to thank Hashem for the miracle of saving our people on Purim.