Sunday, 24 February 2013

Hamantashen at Purim

Savoury: wholemeal spelt pastry with thyme, rosemary and a dash of red wine to make it crispy: with a filling of sun-dried tomatoes, aubergine, capers, artichokes and sheep cheese.

Sweet: wholemeal spelt pastry; with fillings of 1.prune and sherry jam, 2.lemon curd, 3.mincemeat and 4.poppy seed, lemon zest and honey.

Just thought it would be fun to make these, to commemorate Queen Esther and the downfall of Haman the Agagite, who tried to annihilate the Jews. Hamantashen (Hamantaschen in German/Yiddish - meaning Haman's Pockets).
I love the saying that Israel has: 'They tried to kill us - we won - let's eat!" That seems to me to be very good sense indeed.

Don't worry - I'm only doing this for the fun of it - and because I frankly see more meaning in it than in the festivals of churchianity. It's not because I have to.
From what I understand, just as Hannukah is about the People of God not allowing themselves to be overcome by assimilation into the world, Purim is all about not allowing themselves to be overcome by persecution from the world. Seeing as how followers of Yeshua are just as susceptible to persecution as Jews, Purim seems a very apt festival to identify with, and particularly to think about disciples around the world who are going through terrors - I'm thinking of those in North Korea, China, Somalia, Nigeria. I'm reading 'The Aquariums of Pyongyang' which is a chilling account of one man's experience in a concentration camp in North Korea. Let's not forget such, but pray for them and "remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering." (Hebrews 13:3).

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