Meaning of shalach manoth*

sha•lach ma•noth

Pronunciation: (Yiddish,Ashk. shä'läkh mô'nōs, -nus, shläkh'Seph.shä&sylpläkh' mä&sylpnôt'), [key]
— Yiddish Yiddishand Hebrew.
  1. the practice of giving gifts to one another or to the needy on Purim.
  2. any such gift, as cake, fruit, or money for charity.
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