Purim plate and Mishloach Manot


This is a lesson plan provided by the National Library of Israel.

Often, when a gift is given, there is attention and  care given to the presentation of the present; the effort put into the packaging is indicative of the investment of the giver in the gift and the recipient. The same is true for the mitzvah of mishloach manot. There are some who fulfill this mitzvah in its most basic way, while others will present  them in festive wrapping, or even create an elaborate theme. In this resource learners have the opportunity to study how 19th century Jews living in Germany exchanged mishloach manot as well as to design and create a plate for their own mishloach manot.

The learners will:


  1. understand how investing effort into the performance of a mitzvah effects its impact
  2. know the four mitzvot of Purim and know more about 19th century Purim custom that was practiced in the Jewish community in Germany.
  3. be able to decorate their own Purim plates using motifs from the story of Purim or Purim traditions
About the National Library and its educational materials:

The mission of the National Library of Israel is to provide a home for items of national, historic or cultural significance. Each of these primary sources serve as unique entry points into the collective memory of the people of Israel as well as the Jewish people worldwide.

The education department at the library curates the collection of primary sources and uses them as windows into the past; to foster a deeper understanding of Jewish history, and to enable learners to personalize and connect to earlier events.


When you click on the National Library of Israel resource link featured above, you will find the following educational building blocks for the creation of a lesson plan:

  1. A group activity to open the lesson and engage the learners.
  2. Discussion ideas and/or questions that are designed to get the learners thinking more deeply about the content.
  3. A creative activity that gives students the opportunity to go beyond learning and analyzing, to crafting something new, that personalizes how they relate to the  primary sources featured in the resource.

The primary sources in this resource have individual links (listed in Expand your horizons below) that provide expanded information. In addition there are nuanced discussion questions that will enable students in small groups to engage independently and effectively in the process of  observing, interpreting, and connecting to the primary sources.

Link to the lesson plan:
Purim plate and Mishloach Manot


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