Purim is coming up, and ArtScroll has a brand new title to help you get ready:
What comes to mind when you hear the word Purim? Imaginative costumes? Gorgeous mishloach manos? The wondrous story retold in the Megillah? Purim seudahs filled with great food and lively singing? Halachah?
That’s right. With all the cacophony and excitement of this most fun of holidays, Purim, like every other chag, is governed by halachah – many of which are often overlooked in the Purim frenzy.
That’s where The Halachic Handbook: The Laws of Purim, comes in.
As Rabbi Yitzchak Rosedale, author of the newly released, pocket-size The Halachic Handbook tells us: “Purim is indeed loud on the outside, but on the inside it is replete with meaning and halachah. There is a well-known thought that the day of Yom Kippur is called Yom Kippurim, which can be read Yom K’Purim – a day like Purim — indicating that Purim is even greater in some respects than Yom Kippur itself! All the more reason to ensure that one follows the halachah correctly.”
The format of the newly-released sefer works perfectly for the busy run-up to Purim, as Rabbi Rosedale explains: “The Halachic Handbook is unique in that it is truly a handbook, both in design and in size. In design, it is formatted in small, bite-size halachic topics, so that one does not have to read the whole sefer to enjoy it; however it is short enough to read the entire work quickly. In size, it literally fits inside a jacket pocket and is therefore an easy, on-the-go type of learning experience.”
Topics covered in The Halachic Handbook include the laws of Parashas Zachor, Taanis Esther, mach’tzis hashekel, Megillah reading, matanos l’evyonim, mishloach manos, and many more. Also included are thought provoking essays on the holiday.
“The Halachic Handbook was designed for a wide range of readers,” says Rabbi Rosedale. “Those less familiar with the laws of Purim can enjoy the easy reading and concise style, and those with a deep background can take advantage of the extensive footnotes, which are designed to stimulate even the experienced scholar.”
The Halachic Handbook includes ArtScroll’s Birchas HaMazon, and its compact size makes it a perfect gift for yeshivah dinners, weddings, and other events. And it makes a welcome addition to mishloach manos baskets!
Purim. Yes, it’s fun. But The Halachic Handbook will help us take it to a whole new – and vital – level.