Hamantashen Platters

Written by Patricia Skinner
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The feast of Purim is the most joyous of all Jewish feasts. The story is told in the Megilah, which is the Scroll of Esther. Purim is to celebrate the deliverance of the Jews and Esther's uncle, Mordechai, from the wrath of Achashveirosh, King of Persia. The king had been persuaded to execute Mordechai and all the Jews with him, on the advice of Haman, his wicked chief adviser, but Esther, who was the King's wife, interceded for her uncle and persuaded the King that to spare their lives would be better.

The feast of Purim is called so because purim is the word for lots in Hebrew, and Haman drew lots to choose the day to kill all the Jews. Food is a great part of the traditions of Purim, and gifts of food abound at this time. Hamantashen platters are just one type of the various traditional food gifts. They are a type of cookie that is especially symbolic of the evil Haman.

Why Hamantashen?

Triangular, as was Haman's hat, Hamantashen cookies are usually stuffed with poppy or prune filling. Others say that the triangular shape is supposed to represent Haman's pockets, which were always full. Although the interpretation varies somewhat, the fact that the cookies are supposed to represent Haman in some way is indisputable.

Hamantashen cookies are not only popular for celebrating Purim. Many Jews also eat them on Shabbat and other Jewish holidays too. Hamantashen platters are always well received, although they are especially perfect gifts for the feast of Purim.

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