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Celebrating Purim with Shalom Sesame: Baking Hamantaschen

Purim has its own special cookie, called hamantaschen, which has three corners just like the hat Haman wore. Together with your children, watch the Shalom Sesame videos below to learn about Purim and the tradition of baking hamantaschen.  Then try some of the discussion ideas and activities below recommended by Reform Jewish educators to further extend the lessons learned in the videos. If you wish, share your experiences and ideas in the comments sections below!



Three-cornered goodies. In addition to baking hamantaschen, it's also tradition to have a festive Purim meal, which is a great opportunity to welcome guests into your home and celebrate together. Talk with your kids about other holidays that have special treats, and the role of food in tradition. Why do we make special foods to celebrate holidays?



Traditional treats gone wacky. Look up some recipes—right here on or in old, inherited cookbooks from grandma—and try to find a simple guide to making some scrumptious hamantaschen. You can even mix it up and test your culinary skills by trying out some unique fillings—chocolate is always a winner, but you can also try Nutella or even caramel. Let your imagination run wild and whip up a new treat using a traditional form!

Share stories with your children. Entrée to Judaism for Families by Tina Wasserman provides tools for helping children learn to cook, with clear, step-by-step instructions for every recipe and tips for adults to make the experience safe and rewarding. The book, featuring delicious gluten-free hamantaschen dough and chocolate filling recipes, is a great starting point for sharing stories about the meaning and history associated with each recipe.



Making Hamantaschen
A young boy visits his Jewish friend and learns how to make hamantaschen.

Happy Purim
Celebrate all things Purim with Maya Rudolph, Cookie Monster and their friends. Happy Purim from Shalom Sesame!

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