Harav Dovid Feinstein: Purim Halacha Tidbits


rav-dovid-feinsteinThe following are a number of pesokim from Harav Hagaon Rav Dovid Feinstein shlit”a, rosh yeshiva of Mesivta Tiferes Yerushalayim, regarding Purim-related shailos:

-A question was posed as to whether wearing a woman’s wig on Purim in order to give the impression of long hair, while being dressed as a male, would be considered simlas isha. Harav Dovid Feinstein ruled that it would be considered simlas isha.

-Many people are under the impression that one must give foods of two different brachos for mishloach manos. Harav Dovid Feinstein has said that there is no mekor for this.

-Often, people will give mishloach manos or matanos la’evyonim before krias megillah. Harav Feinstein was asked whether one should refrain from giving mishloach manos or matanos la’evyonim until after the reading of the megillah, because of the bracha of Shehecheyanu. Harav Feinstein said not necessarily.

-Many of those who live in Eretz Yisroel pronounce the letter hey like an alef. The question was asked of Harav Feinstein if one may be yotzeh with their kriah of Parshas Zachor. He responded that yes, one may be yotzeh (as both letters are osiyos groniyos).

– Harav Feinstein was asked whether giving mishloach manos to non-frum people who will not make a bracha is permitted or if it is considered mesaye’ah l’devar aveirah. He ruled that it is permitted if it is for kiruv purposes.

{Dovid Bernstein-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. 40 years ago we didn’t have elaborate Purim baskets like we see advertised now. Couples fighting over what constitutes a “normal” basket can ruin the Purim simcha of many. Better give the money as matanos l’evyonim and do the minimum of shlach manos.

  2. Thanks for these, and all the other halachos. So interesting, as for many years i assumed one needs to send 2 different brachos, and yesterday i saw on a different halacha Q&A site that it isnt necessary (http://halachafortoday.com/QandA4.aspx), and now i see it here again!

    the internet is great, if used properly!