Hamantaschen originated in Europe. The term derives from two German words, mohn (poppy seed) and taschen (pockets). The association with Purim was solidified by substituting the name of Haman for mohn. Some hold that the hamantaschen symbolize the three-cornered hat that Haman wore. There are actually many foods that came to be associated with Purim, but hamantaschen emerged as the most popular delicacy. The three-cornered pastry, filled with poppy seeds, apricots, or prunes, has become an essential element in Purim's joy.
Traditionally, Tisha B'Av is observed as a day of mourning the destruction of both ancient Temples in Jerusalem. Today, Tishah B’Av stands as a day to reflect on the suffering that still occurs in our world.
Learn the blessings and find recipes to celebrate Shabbat at home, and find out what to expect at a Shabbat service at a Reform synagogue.