Often children are reluctant to finish their summer holidays because for many of them the beginning of the school year means getting back into a routine: getting up early, learning in classrooms and doing homework daily. This year in Israel everything is a little different: the kids were actually longing for a daily routine.
Over the past two months around 750,000 children and youth of Israel, who live in cities which have been targeted and hit by rockets, have been forced to spend their summer holidays in bomb shelters instead of spending their time in summer camps or at the beach. The traumatic experiences of war time, the constant fear, day and night, from flying Hamas rockets will have a long-term effect on them.
It is better for a man to increase gifts to the poor (on Purim) than to enlarge his feast and to increase gifts to his friends. For there is no greater and more wonderful joy than to make happy the hearts of the poor..." (Rambam, Hilchot Megillah 2)