Of Hats, Pockets, Ears, and Hidden Messages

Ladies, it’s not a coincidence that my traditional Purim post comes on March 8th, International Women’s Day. After all, the valiant Queen Esther, one of the most remarkable women in history, saved us form extinction!
Happy Women’s Day, ladies, and may all your wishes come true!
Happy Purim to all of you, Beautiful People! Hag Purim Sameach!


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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  1. Interesting connection!
    Happy Purim! 🙂

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    1. Same to you, dear Ronit!

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  2. Catwoods says:

    I remember reading this history from last year … Happy Purim Dolly!

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    1. Thank you so much, darling!

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  3. I ALWAYS learn so much from you. Thank you for your wisdom, your knowledge and of course, your cooking tips. 🙂

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    1. …blushing all over the internet…
      I am very happy that my humble skills are helpful to you, dear Jeanne!

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    1. Thank you, Derrick.

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  4. A lovely most yummy commemoration. I am very familiar with the story of Queen Esther, it is a glorious tribute with Women’s day and your food selection, all are so perfect!💕☕️☕️🙏

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    1. Thank you so much, darling, for your kind comment!

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  5. The story of the brave Queen Esther is one of my very favorites of all time. It sounds like a beautiful and delicious celebration, as is fitting.

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Mimi; I am always so glad to hear from you!


  6. Sorry, i am late again! Hope you had a nice Purim, Dolly. The graggers are great, and i adore the short history lesson very much. Best wishes, Michael

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    1. Thank you so much, Michael! We did have a fun Purim – very enjoyable.

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      1. Great! Hope you are far away from the virus. In the past i have seen a map of the USA, and there were only a few states without the virus. You should send him to the Taj Mahal (casino). Lol

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      2. LOL Florida is in a state of emergency, but so far the college where I teach is operating.

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      3. Thats calmness. Here in Germany they got panic, but our chancellor Ms Merkel today said her first word about the crisis. She is the rock during storm. Lol

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      4. We just got the word to get our courses ready to be taught online, as most probably college will close and the semester will continue strictly online.
        I am glad you have such confidence in Frau Merkel, Michael.
        Have a wonderful day!

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      5. Great news, Dolly! Thank you for the information. I will tell our hillbillies how useful it is, having a modern system of education. Here it would take some years bringing all of them “under one hat”, for realising this. Frau Merkel is great, even she is very silent, the most time. 😉 Best wishes, Michael

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