takes place over a nine-year span, during the period of Jewish
exile from Israel following the destruction of the First Temple
(about 2,500 years ago). The Jewish People were saved from
genocide -- at the last moment -- through a miraculous chain
Only after this Divinely ordained "jigsaw puzzle"
came together was it apparent to the Jews of the time that,
despite all their tribulations, God had been manipulating
events all along for their good. This is in fact the central
theme of Purim: Though God seems hidden from the world, He
is always behind the scenes, running it all to our best long-term
to celebrate Purim
There are 4 good-deed to celebrate
"They are to observe these as days of feasting
and gladness, and for s
ending delicacies to one another, and giving gifts to the
poor". (Esther 9:22)
1) MEGILLAT ESTHER:
the story of Purim in the evening and the next day.
- Men, women, and children are required to to listen to the
- The Megillah is read twice -- first at night, and again
the next day.
- The Megillah, which is called an "Iggeret" (a
letter), is folded open before being read.
- It is customary to make noise when the name of Haman is
2) SENDING GIFTS OF FOOD: To
at least one friend or relative, because Purim is a time of
- One is obligated to give at least one gift to one fellow
Jew. The more the better.
- The gift must consist of at least two items of food, ready
3) GIVING GIFTS OF MONEY TO THE POOR:
Because Purim is a time of sharing and
- One should give a gift of money, sufficient for one meal,
to at least two poor people.
- Funds must be available on the day of Purim.
4) EATING A FESTIVE PURIM MEAL:
The special holiday meal eaten
on Purim afternoon.
- It is
obligatory to partake of a festive meal on the day of Purim.
- It is customary to eat food with seeds - e.g., Hamentashen
with poppy seed filling.
- One should drink more wine than one is accustomed to.
with Yeast Dough
with Chocolate Cookie Dough
1 package (2-1/2 teaspoons) active dry yeast
4 cups flour
1-cup warm water
1/3-cup vegetable oil
1 large eggEgg Wash:1 large egg
1-tablespoon waterFillingPurchased filling
of your choice!
Combine all dry ingredients. In a separate
bowl, mix together all liquid ingredients.
Gradually add dry ingredients to the liquid
to form a dough. Knead dough for 5 - 10 minutes
until it is smooth and elastic. Spray a large
mixing bowl with Pam and place dough inside.
Spray Pam on dough and cover loosely with
a towel until dough doubles in size.
Punch down dough. Divide into thirds on a
lightly floured surface. Roll out each piece
until it is ?-inch thick. Cut out 3 -inch
rounds. Reroll scraps. Place filling in the
center of each dough round. Fold three sides
up to form a triangle, leaving some filling
exposed in the center.
Place hamentashen 2 inches apart on greased
cookie sheets. Cover again and let rise at
room temperature until nearly double, about
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush tops of
the hamentashen with the egg wash. Bake for
about 25 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer
to a wire rack to cool.
3/4 cup sugar
1-1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt Suggested fillings:
One small Reese's peanut butter cup (dairy)
One-tablespoon marshmallow fluff (pareve [non-dairy])
One large Hershey's kiss (dairy)
Several chocolate or butterscotch chips (pareve
Chocolate spread (pareve)
In a large mixer combine margarine, sugar, egg
and vanilla until fluffy. In a separate bowl,
combine all dry ingredients. Add to mixer and
mix briefly to blend. Chill for 1 hour. Divide
dough into quarters.
Roll into 1/4-inch thickness on a lightly floured
board. Cut out 3-inch rounds. Reroll scraps.
Place filling in the center of each dough round.
Fold three sides up to form a triangle, leaving
some filling exposed in the center.
Place cookies 2 inches apart on greased cookie
sheets. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake for
15-17 minutes or until crisp. Transfer to a
wire rack to cool.