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Purim pet peeve
The misrepresentation of the mitzvah of mishloach manos, especially by stores that try to use it as an occasion to sell their non-edible products. The mitzah is to send food, ideally something that would enhance the Purim seudah. You don't get extra mitzvah points for themes, original packages, or including groggers (what's the point after Megillah reading anyway?) And though you may consider any holiday an occasion for giving gifts, there is absolutely no mitzvah to give jewelry on Purim. Also the decorative platters, bowls, boxes, and jars that you pack your mishloach manos in are tafel to the food with respect to fulfilling the mitzvah..
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