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I delivered Shalach Manos today to a number of people. Much to my dismay, everyone accepted them graciously and gratefully, and not a single person expressed how disappointed they were with my gifts. It seems clear to me that you should hate every gift you receive, as the verse says (Mishlei 15:27):

שונא מתנות יחיה

One who hates gifts will live

and דברים שבלב אינם דברים - thoughts that are not expressed are not considered (Kiddushin 50b), so this hatred should be expressed and declared.

Is there any explanation for this practice?

This question is Purim Torah and is not intended to be taken completely seriously. See the Purim Torah policy.

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closed as off-topic by msh210 Mar 19 '14 at 3:18

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Also asked seriously. – msh210 Mar 17 '14 at 4:14
@msh210 He is asking about not receiving them. I'm assuming you are supposed to receive them and be unhappy with them. – Y ez Mar 17 '14 at 18:49
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On Purim, we have 2 separate rules which negate the recommendation of Mishlei:

  1. Vnahafoch hu -- the classic inversion rule, so we do the opposite. Now, you might think "how can we do the opposite of EVERYTHIING? Are we supposed to kill, eat treif etc, because it is opposite day? No -- the text tells us precisely when to invert:

  2. The people "kiymu v'kiblu" -- they fulfilled the obligation by receiving (the gifts).

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