As Israel prepares for the Purim holiday amid the ongoing war, the Tzohar Rabbinical Organization is making every effort to bring joy in times of darkness.

Over 700 locations from Kiryat Shmona to Eilat will host the 13th annual “Megilla Bakehila” (Megilla in the Community) program. They will offer free admission, with guests receiving their own megilla scrolls and “mishloach manot” packages. Activities will include megilla readings in hotels housing evacuees and a special event at “Hostage Square” in Tel Aviv dedicated to the return of the hostages held in Gaza.

“This year in particular, even as we rejoice in the good things that exist in our lives, and there are many, it is all the more important that we reach out our hands and hearts to others in need. Particularly the families of the captives, the wounded soldiers, and those who have experienced tragic loss, and do our utmost to give them all hope and a sense of holiday joy despite the obvious great challenges.,” said Tzohar Co-founder Rabbi David Stav.

Thousands are expected to attend, including Israelis displaced by the conflict and IDF soldiers stationed on the northern and southern fronts.

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