Friday, March 9, 2012
I SEE VAGINA: PURIM
If you saw me masquerading around yesterday looking like an ancient Persian princess, don't worry. I was just do my religious duty. Hamantaschen (pictured above) are one of my all-time favorite pastries, especially the poppyseed variety. Typically you can find hamantaschen year round in any kosher bakery, though the pastries specifically commemorate Purim, the Jewish holiday celebrating the deliverance of the Jewish people from the evil machinations of the Persian court vizier Haman by Queen Esther. It's a bit like Jewish halloween, where children are encouraged to dress up as characters in the story. While the cookies may have a decidedly vaginal quality, they don't represent the virtuous Esther, but actually refer to the evil Haman. Hamantaschen means "Haman's pockets" though in some parts of the Jewish world they are referred to as Haman's ears. Evil, apparently, is the special ingredient. Poppy's seed has never tasted better.