In 5741, Purim fell out on a Friday, as it does this year. In a letter issued then by the Rebbe, he suggested to continue the Purim celebrations through Sunday, to join with the Yidden of Yerushalayim who keep a three-day-Purim.
By Anash.org staff
To many people, Purim on Friday means a rushed day, packed with many things to do, all in a short period of time.
In Yerushalayim, however, Purim on a Friday means that the Yom Tov is extended over three days. Know as “Purim Meshulash” – the tripled Purim, the unique arrangement spreads out the mitzvos of Purim over three days, as the day they keep on others years – Shushan Purim – falls out on Shabbos.
In 5741, Purim fell out on Friday, as it falls out this year. Days before Purim, the Rebbe sent a michtov kloli “To the Sons and Daughters of our People Israel, Everywhere.” The Rebbe wrote about the preparations for Purim, the parsha of the week, and the lessons for each person to take.
Towards the end of the letter, the Rebbe addresses the fact that Purim falls out on Friday, and included a fascinating instruction – for every Yid to continue his Purim celebrations through Sunday!
“It would therefore be appropriate, indeed very much so, for Jews everywhere to make this coming Sunday…a particularly joyous one by additional activities that produce joy: Torah study… spreading joy among Jews in the spirit of Ahavas Yisroel, and if suitable or necessary—through Mishloach Monos to friends, and gifts to the poor, and particularly through gatherings to spread Yiddishkeit…” the Rebbe wrote.
As Purim 5781 approaches, once again bringing the unique kvius of Purim Meshulash, the Rebbe’s letter from 5741 is being studied by chassidim around the world, who are preparing to fulfill the horo’as contained within, continuing the celebrations of Purim over the entire weekend.