Purim Day

Megillah Reading

The Megillah tells us that all Jews agreed “to observe them as days of feasting and joy, with the sending of food gifts, each to his/her friend, and donations to the needy” (Esther 9:22).

This is the source for the various mitzvot that are part of Purim day:

Changes in the synagogue service on Purim

Torah Reading

      • The Purim Torah reading is Exodus 17:8-16, which tells of the initial encounter between Israel and Amalek in the wilderness.
      • Megillah Reading

As mentioned earlier, the Megillah must be heard once our Purim night and once on Purim day.
The Megillah reading will often follow the morning service. Those who are unable to attend, however, should check with their local synagogue(s) for later additional readings.
For further details on the Megillah and Megillah Reading, please read Purim Night Megillah Reading.


Purim is a holiday of fun and festivities, like all Jewish holidays it is also an opportunity to fulfill numerous mitzvot.

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Purim Workshop

Host or attend the exciting Purim Workshop provided by NJOP and find out how you or your community can participate.


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