On Wednesday afternoon, February 28th, the Torah Center will host a family Superhero Purim Bash at the center, 111 Laurel Place, in Westfield at 5:30 PM. There will be face painting, a superhero masquerade contest with all children dressed in costume receiving a prize, and a grand prize awarded for the best costume & a Pizza Dinner. A multi-media Megillah reading will follow at 6:30 PM.

There is a fee of $5 per person. Sponsorships are available for $180. Reservations are preferred at www.torahcenter.org.

The Megillah relates the Purim story in which Queen Esther was instrumental in the deliverance of the Jewish people from the threat of annihilation at the hands of Haman and the inhabitants of the Persian Empire twenty-three centuries ago.

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Rabbi Levi Block of the Center explained that there are four mitzvot that we are obligated to fulfill on Purim:

·        It is a mitzvah to hear the Megillah read both on Purim evening and the following day.

·        On Purim we emphasize the importance of Jewish unity and friendship by sending gifts of food to friends.  Send a gift of at least two kinds of ready-to-eat foods (for example, pastry, fruit, and beverage), to at least one friend on Purim day, which this year is Thursday, March 1.                                                        

·        Concern for the needy is a year -round responsibility for the Jew.  On Purim, particularly, it is a special mitzvah to remember the poor.  Give charity to at least two, but preferably more, needy individuals on Purim day.  Giving directly to the needy best fulfills the mitzvah.  If, however, you cannot find poor people, place at least several coins into ‘pushkas’ (charity boxes).  Even small children should fulfill this mitzvah.

·        We celebrate Purim with a special festive meal on Purim day when family and friends gather together to rejoice in the Purim spirit.