Happy Purim Mishloach Manot Gift Box. L 6.1 in x W 3.9 in x H 7.87 in. Mishloach manot (Hebrew: משלוח מנות [miʃˈlo.aχ maˈnot], literally, "sending of portions"; also spelled and pronounced mishloach manos), or shalach manos (Yiddish: שלח־מנות Yiddish pronunciation: [ʃaləχmɔnəs]), and also called a Purim basket, are gifts of food or drink that are sent to family, friends and others on Purim day. The mitzvah of giving mishloach manot derives from the Book of Esther. It is meant to ensure that everyone has enough food for the Purim feast held later in the day, and to increase love and friendship among Jews and their neighbors.