Happy Purim

Purim is a “rowdy” holiday on the Jewish calendar (this year on March 16th). It’s traditional to dress in costume, Purim-related or not! And it’s a mitzvah (commandment) to listen to the story of Purim chanted from The Scroll of Esther. Loud noises are made with a ra’ashan in Hebrew, or grager in Yiddish, every time Haman’s name is mentioned, to drown out Haman’s name.  Fun skits are also part of the celebration, as are giving gifts to charity. 

The traditional cookie of the Jewish holiday Purim celebrates the salvation of the Jewish people from the Persian prime minister Haman’s plot to kill all of them in a single day. They likely originated in Bohemia 200-300 years ago. The cookie’s iconic shape represents Haman’s ears – cut off before he was hanged! The classic version has poppy seeds, but we’ve gone the walnut direction feel free to substitute with pistachios or pecans.  

Check out our recipe for Apricot and Raspberry Hamantaschen, the traditional cookie for this holiday.