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Purim/Taanis Esther 5777 Guidelines

Taanis Esther —The Fast of Esther
Thursday, March 9
/11 Adar, 5777

We commemorate the fact that our ancestors in the Persian Empire fasted before going into battle against their enemies. (This is not the date on which Esther asked the Jews of Shushan to fast before she went to see the king. That three-day fast occurred during the month of Nissan.) The fast begins at 5:15 am and ends at 6:50 pm. Mincha will be at 5:40 pm, followed by Maariv. Before Mincha it is customary to give three half-dollar coins to Tzedaka. This money is in commemoration of the Half Shekel (Machtzis Hashekel) that was given at this time of year to the Beis Hamikdash to replenish the sacrificial coffers.

Shabbat Parshat Tzav, Parshat Zachor
Shabbos Day, March 11
/13 Adar 5777

In addition to the regular weekly Parsha of Tzav, we read Parshas Zachor (which details the war with Amaleyk). It is a Torah obligation to hear Parshas Zachor.


  • Eat a festive meal on Purim day. Join the shul seuda by registering at 
  • Listen to the entire Megillah reading on Motzei Shabbos and Sunday morning.
  • Insert Al Ha’Nissim to the Shemona Esrei and Birkas Ha'Mazon.
  • Send Mishloach Manos (which should be made up of two different foods, i.e., different Berachos) to at least one person.
  • Distribute Matanos L’Evyonim (Gifts to the Poor) to at least two needy individuals. One may perform this mitzvah by contributing to the Suburban Orthodox Congregation Toras Chaim Torah Fund. Please write “Matanos L’Evyonim” in the memo line of the check, or give online at*
  • Eat a festive meal on Purim day. 

 *"It is better for a person to emphasize giving ‘Gifts to the Poor’ in a generous and magnanimous fashion, rather than to emphasize the ‘Sending of Portions’ or his own lavish Seudas Purim for there is no greater or more praiseworthy form of celebration than that of celebrating in a manner that gladdens the hearts of the needy, the widowed, the orphaned, and the friendless stranger. One who gladdens the heart of the unfortunate is compared to the Divine Presence, as it is said (Isaiah: 57:15), to revive the spirit of the downtrodden, and to restore the heart of the broken." (Rambam in Laws of the Megillah).


Purim Night Motzei Shabbos, March 11/14 Adar 5777
6:52 pm Maariv
7:20/9:30 pm Megillah
(special Power Point Presentation at 7:20 pm Megillah, deaf community welcome)

Purim Day Sunday, March 12/14 Adar 5777
7:15/9:00 am Shacharis
7:45/9:30 am Megillah reading
10:30 am Kids’ Megillah (Social Hall)
11:00 am Kids’ Chessed Caravan:
uplifting our elderly with a Purim costume parade (launching from Shul)
2:00 pm Early Mincha
5:30 pm Purim Seudah: Middle Eastern delicacies and entertainment by our very own DJ Balagan
7:00 pm Mincha/Maariv
7:30 pm Men’s Tish with the Rav


Each year at this time we approach you for a contribution to the Matzo/Maos Chitin Fund. The proceeds of this fund are used to help those who have financial difficulty preparing for Pesach.

Join us in giving support to our fellow Jews. Please make checks payable to Suburban Orthodox Torah Fund and write “Matzo/Maos Chitin Fund” in the memo line or give online at

Sun, September 23 2018 14 Tishrei 5779