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Purim Cookie: Haman’s Ears

They go by many names – and many spellings – but the Jewish festival of Purim has one standout sweet treat in this cookie.

Hamantaschen are triange-shaped cookies that can be filled with a variety of ingredients such as poppy seeds, prunes, dates, apricots, or even chocolate.

They get their name from the villain of the Purim story, Haman, who convinced the king of Persian to allow the murder of all the Jewish people in his kingdom. The Jewish people were saved by Esther, the king’s wife, who was also Jewish, although the king did not know this until she bravely came forward.

Here’s a recipe from JewishRecipes.org that you might like to try.

There are so many ways to make these cookies that the possibilities for filling, folding, and displaying them are nearly endless. Here are some ideas to get you started.

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I also found a great article in the New York Times about one woman’s history with Hamantaschen, and her quest to make the “perfect” Purim cookie. You might enjoy reading it here.

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Talking to Kids About Egypt

For the past two weeks, Egyptians have been protesting in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, calling for the end of President Hosni Mubarak’s thirty years in power.

Close on the heels of a similar – but more quickly resolved – crisis in Tunisia, the situation in Egypt has been fascinating to watch on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and – oh, yes – the evening news and in newspaper accounts.

Those accounts have shown that children have been involved in the protests – almost from the beginning – and that they are playing a role in Tahrir Square as well as in their own homes, pushing their parents to join the protests.

This is not a revolution being waged by children, but it is clear that they have something to say – and it’s a great way to encourage greater understanding of power, politics, and personal freedom in your own children.

If you’d like more information on what’s happening in Egypt, read the Washington Post (yes, a daily newspaper) timeline here.

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Thank a Teacher!

From Albania to Vietnam, most countries set aside a special day to thank teachers for all they do. Today, May 4th, is National Teacher Day in the United States.

As a student, I had so many wonderful teachers, from kindergarten through high school. They gave me everything I needed to go to college, study abroad, and even teach for a few years in Burkina Faso.

But now – as a parent – I’m enjoying getting to know my son’s teachers and seeing a side of the profession that I could not see when I was sitting in a little desk about 30 years ago.

In pre-K, kindergarten, and first grade, my son has had very different teachers with incredibly different approaches to education. Each has been a wonderful partner for me in making the most of my son’s education. From each, I have gotten the encouragement, advice, and support I’ve needed to keep my son on a solid path to learning at home while his teachers pursue it at school.

Some of his teachers have been educators longer than I’ve been alive. Some are only in their second or third year. But each of them has been unfailingly committed to helping me and my son.

And for that, I have no words other than THANK YOU!

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In the Lunch Room

I read this very interesting article today in the Washington Post about a project called Mix It Up, which promotes racial integration through the lunch room.  It encourages students to sit with a new crowd at lunch, which often means with people from different races or cultural backgrounds.  Although the project had mixed success, according to the article, it’s nice to know people are thinking about this.

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