Purim Katan

Purim Katan

Sundown on Thursday, Feb. 22nd 2024 – Friday, Feb. 23rd 2024

What should you do on Purim Katan?

  • Thursday evening or Friday morning before 11:30am have a festive meal with bread (Wash your hands). Best with meat and wine. (We DO NOT say Al’Hanissim in Birkat Hamazon)
  • Rebbe Yitzchak Hakohen of Lublin teaches that the Zohar says that even on Adar Alef we have to perform the Mitzvah of Mechiat Amalek (The commandment to destroy Amalek and to remember what Amalek did) therefore one should recite the portion in the Torah in the book of Devarim 25 verses 17-19 on this day (Scroll down to bottom of page to find text)
  • After reciting the Torah portion, you should do Teshuvah (Repent), confess your sins and destroy the Amalek in your heart = Let go of all your bad things (Anger, sadness etc.) and accept Hashem’s love with happiness – Everything will be great!!

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  • Rebbe Leib Ba’al Hayesurim said before he died, whoever will come to his resting place (In Tzfat) on Friday afternoon (Erev Shabbat) and read a book of Tehilim, he will ‘operate’ on his behalf in the heavenly realms with prayers and blessings.Since most people can not reach the grave in Tzfat, Rabbi Anava is going to read a book of Tehilim there and can pray on your behalf and mention your names at the holy grave site. Use the link below to submit your names for prayers. The donation given on that page will be going towards food and assistance to poor families.

Laws for Purim Katan

  • During Purim Katan we do not recite ‘Tachanun’
  • We DO NOT fast
  • One can not give a eulogize
  • In Birkat Hamazon (Grace after the meal) we DO NOT add ‘Al Hanissim’ – על הניסים
  • One should have a festive meal with meat and wine, wash for bread and have a good time. (One should have in mind during the meal that this is NOT the Purim meal you will have in a month)
  • We DO NOT send Mishloach Manot to people
  • One is allowed to work during Purim Katan
  • We DO NOT add ‘Al Hanissim’ – על הניסים during Shacharit, Mincha and Arvit
  • We do not give ‘Matanot Laevyonim’ but one should defiantly give some charity on Purim Katan

During this special day one should do Teshuvah (repent) and take on themselves to change for the better and take time this day to pray to Hashem to help you overcome your challenges and win your inner battles

פרשת מחיית עמלק

(דברים, פרק כ׳ה פסוק י׳ז-י׳ט)

זָכוֹר אֵת אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה לְךָ עֲמָלֵק בַּדֶּרֶךְ בְּצֵאתְכֶם מִמִּצְרָיִם. אֲשֶׁר קָרְךָ בַּדֶּרֶךְ וַיְזַנֵּב בְּךָ כָּל הַנֶּחֱשָׁלִים אַחֲרֶיךָ וְאַתָּה עָיֵף וְיָגֵעַ וְלֹא יָרֵא אֱלֹהִים. וְהָיָה בְּהָנִיחַ ה’ אֱלֹהֶיךָ לְךָ מִכָּל אֹיְבֶיךָ מִסָּבִיב בָּאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר ה’ אֱלֹהֶיךָ נֹתֵן לְךָ נַחֲלָה לְרִשְׁתָּהּ – תִּמְחֶה אֶת זֵכֶר עֲמָלֵק מִתַּחַת הַשָּׁמָיִם לֹא תִּשְׁכָּח.

Destroy Amalek portion

(Devarim 25, verses 17-19)

How he happened upon you on the way and cut off all the stragglers at your rear, when you were faint and weary, and he did not fear God.