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Friday, February 20, 2015

Moved Blog

I have moved my blog to my website

It's a work in progress.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Purim: The Whole Megillah

Purim begins in 2015 at sundown on March 4 and continues through March 5. 

The word "purim" means lots and is from the Book of Esther which is read on Purim. It is because Haman, the bad buy wore a tri-cornered lot. The Book is Esther is where the expression "The Whole Megillah" comes from.

For Purim, people dress up in costumes, wear masks and use noisemakers (gragers) to drown out the name of Haman, cursed be he. 

By Yanki Tauber: 

"A person is obligated to drink on Purim," says the Talmud, "until he does not know the difference between 'Cursed be Haman' and 'Blessed be Mordechai'"  
Sending Gifts of Food
One of the mitzvot of Purim is sending gifts of food, called Mishloach Manot (literally, "the sending of portions") to acquaintances. The obligation is to send a minimum of two ready-to-eat-foods to at least one person. Often this opportunity is taken to send gifts to many friends and relatives. The source for this mitzvah is in the Megillah. "Mordechai... enjoined the [Jews] to make the fourteenth day of the month of Adar... feasting and joy, and sending portions one to another, and gifts to the poor."1

One of the themes of Purim is friendship and unity. When Haman asked King Ahasuerus for permission to destroy the Jews, he said "There is a certain people who are scattered and separate…" In contrast, Queen Esther knew that Jewish unity was essential when praying for G-d's help. She instructed Mordechai to "Go, assemble together all the Jews" for fasting and prayer. G-d is our father, and He loves nothing more than seeing His children unified. When we are united, we merit G-d's blessing and salvation. We give gifts of food on Purim to strengthen our bonds of friendship with our fellow Jews.

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How to make perfect Hamentaschen
Bubbie's Hamantaschen Recipe
Chabad Traditional Hamentaschen Recipe

Hamantashen, the classic Purim cookies, are eagerly awaited by everyone young and old. They are versatile and can be made from a good sweet yeast dough, flaky dough or from a traditional cookie dough. The fillings can be mixed and matched. Prune butter and poppy seed are traditional but one can use any kind of jam or preserves.

4 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil
juice of one lemon
rind of 1 lemon, grated
1 tsp. vanilla extract
5 cups flour
2 tsps. baking powder

1 pound prepared poppy seed filling
or, 1 pound lekvar (apple or prune butter)
or 1 pound strawberry or apricot preserves

Preheat oven to 350
Grease cookie sheets

Beat eggs and sugar. Add remaining ingredients, and mix well. Divide into four parts.

Proceed to assemble and bake:

1. Prepare dough of your choice. Divide into four portions  
2. On a floured board roll out each portion to about 1/8-inch thick. Using a round bicuit or cookie cutter cut 3-inch circles. 
3. Place 1/2 to 2/3 teaspoon of desired filling in the center of each circle. 
4. To shape into triangle, lift up right and left sides, leaving the bottom down and bring both side to meet at the center above the filling. 
5. Bring top flap down to the center to meet the two sides. Pinch edges together. 
 6. Place on grease cookie sheet 1 inch apart and bake at 350 degree preheated oven for 20 minutes. 

Purim is only 1 month away. Click on the links above to buy your Purim earrings

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

WW: Stubs the black cat

Stubs, our black cat, has been in kitty heaven for about 3 years. But, we still talk about Sheriff Stubbers and how smart he was.

1. He knew when donuts came into the house 
2. He helped repairmen fix the furnace; in fact, he told us when the furnace went out. 

Rest in peace, Stubs. We love you! 

This is part of Aquariann's WW Hop. 

Tell us: How do your black cats help you? 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras, French for "Fat Tuesday, is also known as Shrove Tuesday, and begins Tuesday, February 17.

Mardi Gras refers to the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which starts on Ash Wednesday. Related popular practices were associated with celebrations before the fasting and religious obligations associated with the penitential season of Lent.

Popular practices included wearing masks and costumes, overturning social conventions, dancing, sports competitions, parades, etc. Similar expressions to Mardi Gras appear in other European languages sharing the Christian tradition.

Cities famous for Mardi Gras celebrations include Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Quebec City, Quebec in Canada; Mazatlan in Mexico; and, of course New Orleans, Louisiana in the United States.

This post originally appeared on my blog in 2010 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day - hope your day if filled with love, romance, chocolate, flowers, kittens and puppies. 


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