Saturday, March 18, 2006

Mishloach Manot, Xmas gifts, Hanukhah presents and other Goyish practices and expressions of consumerism

The purpose of Mishloach Manot is a way of bringing Jews together. It is the constant separation between Jews that makes us the target of the Goyim - their hatred and consequent destruction. It gives our enemies strength. Hence, the story of Purim. It begins in the Megilah as Jews bonding with the spiritual and physical enemies of the Jews. The story unfolds with Jews praying, fasting and connecting with each other to defend themselves and their people. This is what the Mishloach Manot and Matanot L'Evyonim are intended to replicate in us today. So, fulfill the Mitvah by giving what the Halacha demands and then give ALL of the rest to various charities. This, while not being a technical fulfillment of Mishloach Manot, is a fulfillment of the concept embedded in the Mitzvah.

What we see today instead is people spending enormous amounts of time designing the ultimate eye-catching Mishloach Manot. Definitely not the intention of Mordechai and Esther. This practice is just a sick and perverse copying of the Goyim. Everyone trying to outdo the other by having the ultimate. This creates Sinat Hinam and jealousy. The exact opposite of the intended Mitzvah. So let us all stop acting like the consumerist Goyim around us and be real Jews! It is NOT Xmas it is Purim - a Jewish Holiday.