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So, tonight's Purim. Technically, I'm supposed to be fasting, but as a compromise between religion and my doctor, I only fast on major fast days. And I am completely disorganized this year and have not begun making my mishloach manot yet.

Those are the gifts of food to friends that is one of the mitzvot of the day. The minimum is two types of ready-to-eat foods to one friend. In this neighborhood, though, it's become a...thing to give away more and more elaborate and expensive gift baskets, containing all storebought candies and cakes and wine, all done professionally.

I don't do that. Sometimes, like last year, I'll do all storebought, since I don't bake anyway - so it'll be fruit and hamentashen and nuts and maybe pretzels - but I put it together, thank you. :)

This year, it's erev Shabbat. I'm giving away challah rolls, mini grape juices and homemade potato kugel - I found these nice muffin tins that will hold one mini-kugel. And bakery hamentashen because it's a rule or something. That is, I'm giving a miniature Shabbat.

All I need is my groceries. Then I can grate the potatoes (by hand, of course), mix in the eggs and oil and matzo meal and salt and pepper (I have no idea of quantity yet) and pour into greased muffin tins and one round pan, and bake them. Then I can assembly line them into boxes.

And, as tomorrow is going to be busy (going to Pa-kua, going to friend's house for the seuda, and then doing Shabbat stuff), here's my yearly posting of my Purim Torah.


Mmm... mini-kugel.

It's a shame people go for the elaborate, store-bought stuff. Granted this is my own quirk with the holidays, but I love all the cooking and doing by hand. It helps to ground things and make it more real. Particularly when the concept of giving the food is that you're doing something for someone else. I'd rather have a gift of homemade cookies over the finest box of store bought.

We've got Easter weekend now, obviously, and I'm all a twitchy because I'm not making anything for Easter dinner. I've got a bet for myself to see how long this lasts before I give in and make a dessert anyway ;)

I don't mind buying the things I can't make, and my hamentashen are always disasters (and since I'm not allowed to eat sugar anyway, I'd rather just put handfuls of bakery cookies into bags.)

The reason for the elaborate baskets, though, isn't just oneupmanship. It's that no one trusts anyone else. If you give storebought food, you know that your recipients won't toss it out for fear it's not kosher enough. As it is, I know at least one family who will not eat the kugel. (On the other hand, I'm bringing a big one to our seuda tomorrow afternoon and I know they'll eat my food.)

But oneupmanship is part of it. *Sigh*

Ahhh, gotcha. That does make a bit of sense then. Kind of like how it's a courtesy to give out store bought candy at Halloween, since that way parents can feel more confident that you didn't give their wee one a homemade cookie with some poison in it, or something.

Your Purim Torah is fabulous! I love it. And it seems right in line with the story -- which is, after all, full of thinly-veiled subtext (the king raising his golden sceptre? give me a break!)

We're doing a Purimspiel tonight at my shul, in drag. The rabbi will play Esther; I'm Haman. But I can't seem to find a tricorner hat anywhere; I may have to substitute my black Hogwarts wizard's cap... *g*

Oh,you should. :)

The sceptre, according to the Talmud, *grew* so it reached from the king to where Esther was standing in the doorway...

Your mishloach manot sound yummy, and the mini-kugels very cute.

I can't quite wrap my brain around huge fancy gift baskets, somehow. I know there can be kashrut issues, but at least take the time to package the store-bought stuff yourself. It's not the same, just writing a check.

Purim slash. Well, that was very refreshing. ;)

I believe I spent last Purim in the hospital. Tomorrow I'll see Rachel Leah's school play but I need to decide what to do tonight. Hmmm...

Those sound like wonderful Mishloach Manot goodies -- I usually only swap with my best friend, as we try to have lunch together on the day of Purim every year.

I'm bookmarking this to come back to read your Purim Torah after I stagger home from my Megillah reading!