On Purim we have special commandments to share food with our neighbors and give to the poor. Why is this different from all year round?

Jews observe the special mitzvot (commandments) of Mishloach Manot (sending Purim baskets) and Matanot L’evyonim (giving gifts to the poor) on the holiday of Purim.

Should we not be charitable throughout the year? Why the special emphasis on Purim?

In this video, Rabbi Dov Lipman explains the significance of these commandments to Purim and how Jewish unity ultimately brought about our salvation in ancient Persia, where the Purim story took place.

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