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Mishloach manot, sending gifts of food, is one of the four mitzvot of Purim, together with reading Megillat Esther, giving money to the poor and having a feast. Two out of the four, you might notice, have to do with food. And sending sweets to family and friends became such an important and extravagant part of the holiday in some communities in the diaspora, that the Arabs in North Africa used to call Purim the...