Purim has always been one of my favorite holidays. Whether dressing up in costume or hearing the Megillah and shpiel at my synagogue, I revel in all the special holiday traditions. Growing up, the thing that I most loved was always baking hamentashen with my mother and sisters. We always used my Bubbe’s recipe which included a few extra secret ingredients that I think makes the dough extra delicious.
Now living in Chicago, and removed from family, this baking tradition is one that I have continued year after year with friends. Professionally, I can now share this holiday experience with all the teens that am privileged to connect with as a JSC club advisor.
This week I returned from staffing a Ta’am Yisrael trip and needed dough to make hamentashen as an activity in clubs for Purim. Instead of buying the dough (which would have been a lot easier!), I spent my Monday evening exhausted and jet lagged, making my Bubbe’s special dough recipe. The dough turned out perfectly and I am sure the JSC teens will have a blast cooking together.
My Bubbe first shared this recipe with my mother, and then it was passed on to myself and my siblings. I am sure she never would have imagined that it would be shared with teens across Chicagoland!
L’Dor Vador, from one generation to the next. Happy Purim!