With a Purim feast, mishloach manot (Purim baskets) and matanot l'evyonim (gifts to the poor), Purim is a colorful, entertaining and enjoyable holiday. At Judaica.com, we have everything you need to enhance your Purim party or other experience. From Purim books (like the Book of Esther) designed for children and/or adults, to graggers and gift bags, it will be a Purim sameach!
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One of the yummiest parts of the Purim holiday is baking hamantaschen (also spelled hamentashen). A hamantaschen (in Hebrew oznei Haman) is a triangle cookie with delicious filling inside.
Why do we eat hamantaschen? There are many explanations, but it is understood that the tradition started in Europe where mohntaschen (poppy seed pockets) were a popular German pastry. Hamantaschen means Haman's pockets – Haman's pockets were filled with bribe money.
Today, many believe the three corners of the cookies represent the three-cornered hat that Haman wore. By eating an image of his hat, we are symbolically eradicating his memory. Others say they represent Haman's ears, in reference to the Jews defeating their enemy's ears.
No matter why we eat hamantaschen, they are always delicious! Here is one, traditional recipe from The Hidden Hostess to get you started:
Ingredients - Dough:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoons baking powder
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
2 eggs lightly beaten
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Ingredients – Poppy Seed Filling:
1 cup milk
1 cup poppy seeds
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
Directions: Combine dry dough ingredients in the bottom of a food processor and pulse a few times until combined. Add butter and pulse until the dough is crumbly and butter is the size of peas. Add the eggs and lemon zest and pulse until the dough forms into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least an hour.
Bring milk, poppy seeds and butter to a boil. Reduce heat and add honey and sugar. Simmer mixture until it become thick and all the milk is absorbed. Stir lemon juice and zest. Allow to cool completely.
Roll out chilled dough into 1/8-1/4 inch thickness. Cut into 3-inch circles and place a teaspoon of cooled poppy seed filling into the center of each circle. Bring the three edges to the center, pinching edges together tightly to form a closed triangle over the filling.
Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool.
Thanks, the Hidden Hostess!
When is Purim?
The Purim festival is celebrated every year on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar. This holiday usually falls in the secular months of February or March.
In Israel, Jews that live in Jerusalem celebrate Purim on the 15th of Adar, the next day. This is known as Shushan Purim.
Book of Esther Blessings
Before reading the Book of Esther, the Purim megillah, we recite the following blessings:
ברוך אתה ה' אלוהינו מלך העולם אשר קדשנו במצותיו וצונו על מקרא מגלה.
ברוך אתה ה' אלוהינו מלך העולם שעשה ניסים לאבותינו בימים ההם בזמן הזה.
ברוך אתה ה' אלוהינו מלך העולם שהחינו וקימנו והגיענו לזמן הזה.
1. Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us concerning the reading of the megillah.
2. Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who performed miracles for our forefathers in those days, at this time.
3. Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has granted us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this occasion.
1. Bo-ruch A-toh Ado-noi E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ha-olom A-sher Ki-de-sho-nu Be-mitz-vo-sov Ve-tzi-vo-nu Al Mikra Megillah.
2. Bo-ruch A-toh Ado-noi E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ha-olom She-o-so Ni-sim La-avo-sei-nu Ba-yo-mim Ho-heim Bi-z'man Ha-zeh
3. Bo-ruch A-toh Ado-noi E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ha-olom She-heche-yo-nu Ve-ki-yi-mo-nu Ve-higi-o-nu Liz-man Ha-zeh.