My daughter, Kaitlyn, created a Robot-themed Purim. Each member of the family dressed up as a robot and she created Mishloach Manos to fit the theme. It was simple and it was a wow.
I asked her to share a picture of the robot-themed bags and the printable designs.
One of the mitzvos (commandments) unique to the Jewish holiday of Purim is to deliver gifts of food, called Mishloach Manos, to friends and family. The parameters of this mitzvah require each Jewish adult to send a minimum of two ready-to-eat-foods to at least one person.
The source for this lovely mitzvah is from the Purim Megillah, the scroll detailing the story of Purim read on the Purim Holiday in Hebrew. It is chronicled after the Purim victory that Mordechai, the hero of the Purim narrative, ordered his fellow Jews ” to make the fourteenth day of the month of Adar… feasting and joy, and sending portions one to another, and gifts to the poor.”
Sending Mishloach Manos is in keeping with the overwhelming Purim theme of unity and friendship. When the Purim villain, Haman, asked the Persian King Ahashverosh to destroy the Jews, he said “There is a certain people who are scattered and separate…” In contrast, Queen Esther, the heroine of the Purim story, understood that Jewish unity was vital and a strong prerequisite to G-d’s salvation. Queen Esther instructed that the Jews assemble to fast and pray on behalf of the Jewish future, because she understood that we merit G‑d’s blessing when unified. The Purim Mishloach Manosstrengthen our bonds of friendship within our Jewish community.
Photo and Design Credits to Kaitlyn Schlusselberg