Friday morning, just got home from grocery shopping for Shabbat , my friend and neighbor – Liora Kurulkar called me –
“come, I’m making Hamentashen (ozney haman) cookies for Purim” –
“ are you serious? I don’t have time! I haven’t even started cooking for Shabbat yet!”
Of course Liora did not let go
“come, this recipe is super easy, and it only takes few minutes to make the dough”
well, I guess I have few minutes… and it can be a great recipe to post on my blog for busy moms…
So here it is –
Hamentashen Recipe (Parve) /Liora Kurulkar
2 margarine sticks – room temperature
½ cup sugar
1 baking powder
2 tsp vanilla sugar
Lemon juice from half lemon
Grated lemon peel from 1 lemon
3.5 to 4 cups sifted flour
Filling of your choice – strawberry jam, chocolate, poppy seed, date spread etc…
½ cup powdered sugar
1. Add all ingredients except filling and powdered sugar to large bowl.
2. Knead all ingredients to soft, non sticky dough. Set aside in the refrigerator for half an hour.
3. Roll out the dough on a floured work surface to a 3 mm thick.
4. Using cup, make circles. Place filling in the center of each circle and form triangle. Press firmly at the edges.
5. Arrange in a greased pan and bake for 20-25 minutes in an oven preheated to 180 degrees. Cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Why we eat Hamentashen (ozney haman -the ears of Haman) on Purim?
Haman was the person who wanted to kill us, why should we commemorate eating his “ears”?
Purim special cookies were originally called in Yiddish “poppy pie” (Yiddish: Mann – Tash) and from there it was a short step to becoming Haman – Tasn “(Haman pie), and Hebrew are given the name” Haman’s ears. ” The mistake was that people assumed there was a connection between the traditional food eaten on Purim with Haman in the Megilah.
But the real reason why eating ears of Haman is that they actually represent the nature of the miracle of Purim. If you read the story of Purim, you will notice that there is a series of what appear to be coincidences that saved the Jewish people from annihilation. Miracles were not visible, the sea is not torn apart, there were no plagues as Egypt, but only a few historical twists that when you look at them as separate events they look very natural. Only at the end of the story was that a miracle occurred.
Jews have a tendency to find any type of food has its own story. In this case, the ears of Haman. Outside, it is just dough. The real reason is hidden inside. Beyond the exterior normal, there is the center, lush sweetness.
Our lives are similar. There are times when it seems that random forces pushing and pulling us back and forth. Things happen to us that seem random and accidental, there is no method comes into view, no universe because this cruel cold. But this is not true. There is a method and a purpose, but they are hidden from view. Purim reminds us that all these coincidences are not coincidences at all, and nothing happens by chance- everything is from Hashem and everything happens for a reason.
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