Of Hats, Pockets, Ears, and Hidden Messages

The day after tomorrow, we will congregate, dressed in costumes, to hear the annual reading of Megillas Esther, the story of Purim. Alas, Beautiful People, I will not have time to bake traditional Hamentaschen, so I am repeating last year’s post. However, I will be making totally different Purim treats with a whole bunch of the Lasting Joy club members. Stay tuned for announcement and recipe and join us remotely, if you can!
This recipe and many more stories and recipes are in my book, available at amazon.com/author/koolkosherkitchen.
Today’s word prompt is CONGREGATE https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/congregate/
Have a joyful Purim!


These pastries are called Hamantaschen. We can no more imagine the holiday of Purim without them than without the graggers – noisemakers gleefully shaken by children and adults alike to drown the name of the evil villain Haman.

That’s a story of Purim in a nutshell. Once again, the Jewish people, marked for wholesale slaughter, were saved through the good offices of the beautiful and pious Queen Esther and her uncle, the wise and righteous Mordechai. To commemorate this event, we read (or at least listen to) Megillas Esther (the Scroll of Esther) where the entire story is recorded in minute details. Every time when Haman (may his memory be erased forever) is mentioned, we make all kinds of noises, and not necessarily by using traditional graggers that look like this:


…but also anything that makes loud noises. I play castanets. A friend of mine, a very reserved lady…

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17 Comments Add yours

  1. Happy Purim! The graggers are great. LOL But i think castagnetes are better for a musicans ears! Michael

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    1. Thank you so much, Michael! Believe me, there is so much noise that musical ears stop discriminating sounds! The idea is to make as much LOUD noise as possible every time Haman’s name is mentioned during the the reading.


  2. spearfruit says:

    Interesting story Dolly. Happy Purim!

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    1. Thank you so much, Gary!


    1. Thank you very much for reblogging.


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  3. Eliza says:

    Happy Purim!!

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    1. Thank you, dear Eliza!


  4. purpleslob says:

    I hope you had a Happy Purim!! Sorry I’ve been AWOL!!
    I got married!! And moved!
    Love, Me

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    1. Congratulations! So happy for you, my dear purple friend! Wish you many years of happy life together – many blessings to you both! 😻

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      1. purpleslob says:

        Thank you, Dolly!!! We appreciate the well wishes, and the blessings!

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      2. You are very welcome, dear Melinda!

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