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    PURIM.... coming up fast!

    Saralaya
    Wed Jan 30, 2013 6:55 pm
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    Purim begins on the evening of Saturday February 23rd and ends the evening of Sunday February 24th.

    The Holiday is not considered a major holiday but it is an important one; work is permitted unless it falls on the Sabbath; the primary commandment regarding the holiday is to hear the scroll (or megillah) of Esther recited aloud. The holiday is sometimes referred to as the Jewish Mardi Gras as it is customary to dress up in costume. Food gifts are exchanged and extra charity must be given to ensure that all can celebrate the holiday.

    Here are a couple of links where you can see the whole story:

    http://www.jewfaq.org/holiday9.htm

    http://www.chabad.org/holidays/purim/article_cdo/aid/645995/jewish/The-Basic-Purim-Story.htm

    The Heroine of the story is Esther herself, along with her Uncle Mordechai, but the Villan's name was Haman..... giving rise to the name of one of the most popular sweet treats of the holiday...Hamantashen.

    Here is a link to some recipes for a festive meal and the sweet treats:

    http://www.chabad.org/holidays/purim/article_cdo/aid/1365/jewish/Recipes.htm

    Here are some Hamantashen recipes from our own Food.com members!

    Cookie Dough Hamantashen (parve)

    Jewish - Old Family Recipe - Hamantashen by Ileene Rubinrotte

    Hamantashen

    Here is a gluten and sugar free recipe: Gluten-Free Hamantaschen - Sugar-Free [ Purim Cookies ]

    Have fun everyone!! Chag Purim!!
    Studentchef
    Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:05 pm
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    I love Purim! Homemade hamentaschens with poppy seed fillings are the best!
    Saralaya
    Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:44 am
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    Hi SC.. I have to say that I do not like the poppy seed fillings.... I prefer mine sweet with prune, raspberry or apricot. In the last couple of years I have had some with chocolate or chocolate/hazelnut filling..... mmmmmmm good... icon_cool.gif
    chia
    Thu Jan 31, 2013 1:07 pm
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    I love them all, always miss my grandmothers at Purim
    NIteOwl
    Mon Feb 04, 2013 11:17 am
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    Saralaya, thanks for the great explanation of Purim. May I respectfully point out though that the way the Jewish calendar is designed, Purim can never fall out on Shabbat. We can all celebrate fully every year icon_biggrin.gif
    Have a wonderful Purim.
    Saralaya
    Mon Feb 04, 2013 11:50 am
    Forum Host
    NIteOwl wrote:
    Saralaya, thanks for the great explanation of Purim. May I respectfully point out though that the way the Jewish calendar is designed, Purim can never fall out on Shabbat. We can all celebrate fully every year icon_biggrin.gif
    Have a wonderful Purim.


    Hello Nite Owl!

    Thank you for your interest and comments.Actually "Shushan Purim" can fall on Shabbat ...the Purim holiday is celebrated on the 15th of Adar in "walled cities" which nowadays is pretty much only considered to be Jerusalem. In that case, most of the holiday is celebrated on the day before; the 14th of Adar (which is when the rest of us celebrate). It's derived from the details of the story of Purim. If one is interested in the minutiae.... here's a reference.

    http://www.chabad.org/holidays/purim/article_cdo/aid/1521/jewish/The-Days-of-Purim.htm

    Me, I'm starting to think about what to put in my Shalach Manot gifts to friends....hamantashen, candy, fruit and a mini bottle of grape juice (instead of wine).....wonder what goodies I will find?
    Studentchef
    Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:03 pm
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    I'm thinking of putting together a couple of baskets, together. Last year, I received two, and it was a nice surprise. I may return the favour, because one of those baskets came from a friend.


    I have my poppy seed filling. I'm okay prune filling, not one of my favourites, but it also has a nice texture. I cannot stand the apricot filling, though yuck.gif
    Saralaya
    Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:29 pm
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    We usually exchange baskets with several people so I have some fun putting things together. Gotta get shopping.. I saw some cute bags recently... time to go get'em!
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