Did you know that in the original tradition of mishloach manot people sent each other meals? No candy, no cutesy themes or environmentally harmful packaging. They just shared their meals with each other to increase the joy of Purim, forge new connections and strengthen existing ones.
There’s a lot of peer pressure surrounding mishloach manot, with women (especially) competing with each other to send the most impressive package. Each year, it seems like the mishloach manot people send are bigger, contain more junk food, cost more money and include more elaborate baked goods and fancier packaging. This causes undue stress, as we become obsessed with fitting in, being loved and being recognized for our expertise in the kitchen.
What if we could meet these needs in a healthier way – for our bodies and souls and for our friend’s bodies? It is possible to go back to basics and still send something which will be much appreciated by the recipients.
Here’s my idea: Time your mishloach manot to coincide with breakfast or lunch and send an appropriate, delicious and healthy meal. Purim morning is a busy time and many women can easily forget to sit down to a proper breakfast, so a well-timed tray of breakfast food can really hit the spot.