Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Purim: A foundation in our traditions!

One of the foundations we want to establish in our family is a sharing in the Hebrew culture and Hebrew customs. Though we are not Messianic Jews, we do believe in partnering with Israel and the heart of God on behalf of His people and the little piece of land that is so special to His heart.

Sundown today marks the begginning  of Purim, a Hebrew celebration marking the deliverance of the Jewish people from death at the hands of Haman, the wicked of prince in Persia. "Religiously observant Jews around the world will participate in the Fast of Esther on the 13th of Adar.  They will fast all day on Wednesday (Mar. 7) until sundown. This fits perfectly with our Global Bridegroom Fast this month which is Monday, March 5, through Wednesday, March 7.  This means we will be fasting with Jews around the world not only commemorating the Fast of Esther, but in intercession for the same enemy Israel faces today."

In celebration of Purim, our family has decided to start a small tradition to honor and celebrate with the Jewish nation. After dinner time, we decided to watch the TBN movie One Night with the King. It follows the story of Esther pretty closely and accurately. We also bought Purim cookies-hamantachean- that our Church sold on Sunday for such a time as this... These Purim cookies are shaped like Haman’s hat, his ears, his pocket (triangular).  Eating the cookies is symbolic of getting rid of Haman. 

In honor of Purim and these yummy Hamantachean cookies, here is the recipe our Church family used to make them.  These will be a household regular for our family from now on! Mmmm.!

2/3 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup orange juice (no pulp)
 1 cup white four
1 cup whole wheat flour 
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 table spoon cinnamon 

Cream butter and sugar. Mix in the egg. Mid in the orange juice. Then alternate mixing in 1/2 cup of the flours adding the baking soda and cinnamon on the last one. Refrigerate per night or at least 2 hours. Roll out, cut into circles with a cookie cutter. Add desired filling and fold into a triangle shape.

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