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Purim Guide

Purim Holiday Guide

What is Purim?

Purim, or the Feast of Lots, is a joyous holiday that recounts the saving of the Jews from a threatened massacre during the Persian period (539-330 BCE). The story of Purim is recounted in the Book of Esther, whose eponymous heroine plays the leading role in saving her people. The holiday is traditionally celebrated with wild abandon and with the giving of gifts to friends and the poor (definition by myjewishlearning.com).


 

Hamantaschen

Leave it to the Jews to have a cookie inspired by cultural annihilation! Hamantaschen are the triangular pastries associated with the holiday of Purim, when Jews read from the Book of Esther, the Megillah, and celebrate the triumph of good (Esther) over evil (Haman, who planned to destroy the Jewish people).

Now let's get down to it. How do you make good Hamantaschen? What can we fill them with? Can you make them gluten free? Learn all about these age old questions on our recipe guides.