Here it is: A mini grape juice and a cookie. And it’s going to approximately five people.
B”H we can afford a nice Mishloach Manos and to more people, but we’re doing this to try and bring us back to the basics and make a point.
Don’t get me wrong, the point of Mishloach Manos is to increase camaraderie and Achdus in Klal Yisroel, and I’m not here to take it away. But I truly believe we lost sight of it, and instead it became a pressure, a stress and a competition.
Just tonight, I was talking to a friend on the phone, and when I asked her why she sounded frazzled, she answered, “Mishloach Manos stress.”
It has come to a point where we need to step back and reassess. Of course, be Mekayem the Mitzvah. But is the stress it puts on our homes, our children and our bank accounts a Mitzvah?
So if you’re one of our few lucky friends who will be receiving our Mishloach Manos, don’t be insulted. We’re just trying to stay focused on what’s really important.
A Lakewood mom.