Jewish Poppy Seed Cookies (Hamantaschen) Recipe for Purim

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No Purim is ever complete without traditional Jewish poppy seed cookies (also known as Hamantaschen cookies, Oznei Haman or Haman’s ears) – the official Purim feast food.

You can send the most delicious mishloach manot baskets, but Purim is never really complete without poppy seed Hamantaschen cookies for the kids, and adults.

Even though you might go the lazy route and just order Hamantaschen cookies online, it’s way more fun to make the cookies yourself.

Don’t worry it’s not that intimidating… It’s actually quite easy – even for a beginner cook such as myself.

So, up for the challenge?

I knew it! 

Let’s get rolling (literally).

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Why Do We Fall?

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We’ve all fallen.

And it hurts…Sometimes a lot…

Whether it’s falling in mitzvoth, breaking up with our girlfriend, getting laid off from our job…

It feels awful, we don’t understand why…

“Why does it have to be so hard?”

“How will I recover from this slump?”

“How can god ever forgive me?”

“What should I do?”

We start by realizing what God expects from us: to get up.

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A Simple & Effective [Box] Breathing Exercise to Reduce Stress

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We all feel stressful at times.

In fact, stress levels in our generation have skyrocketed compared to previous generations.

But in this post I won’t be talking about the reasons and what led to this situation… this topic requires an entire post, or in fact a whole book.

Instead, in this post I’ll give you one simple & extremely effective breathing exercise that has helped many people significantly reduce their stress levels (myself included). Introducing: Box breathing. 

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One Simple Word that can Change Your Life

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Remember when you were 1 year old, and you kept on falling down on your ass when you first tried walking?

You don’t?

Well allow me to refresh your memory… because believe it or not, the 1 year old version of yourself is about to teach you a very valuable lesson.

And since he’s 1 year old and doesn’t share your rich vocabulary, he’ll do it with just a single word.

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Amazing Mishloach Manot Basket Ideas & Themes (2017 Purim Gift Baskets)

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The Mitzvah of giving Mishloach Manot is one of the most joyful Mitzvoth we have in the Torah (book of Esther).

We get to send beautiful & delicious Mishloach Manot baskets to our beloved friends & family, or to give them away as Matanot  L’evyonim for the wonderful Jewish feast of Purim.

It’s true –

The days of sending a “one gift basket fits all” Shalach Manot basket (you know, sticking a few hamantashen and a Kif Kef  in a wicker basket and calling it a day) are long gone.

Thankfully, there are way more creative Mishloach Manot ideas & themes out there just waiting for you to be discovered, that doesn’t require you to burn yourself out trying to make them yourself.

You’re about to discover a whole new world of creative, delicious Mishloach Manot ideas…


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How to Comfort a Grieving Friend Who Lost a Loved One

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Comforting a mourner is one of the most important Mitzvahs in the Torah. So important in fact, that King Solomon famously said:

“It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for that is the end of every man, and the living shall lay it to his heart.” (Ecclesiastes 7, 2)

However, comforting a grieving friend can sometimes feel awkward or even embarrassing.

“What do I say?”

“What do I do?”

“What If I say something out of place?”

Those are all legitimate worries, all of which can be addressed by understanding the mourner’s frame of mind and being thoughtful to his grief.

Trust me, it’s worth understanding these basic “rules”, rather than avoiding confronting your grieving friend – which is the worst thing you can do.

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Homemade Applesauce Recipe

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Homemade applesauce is such a treat, and it’s so easy to make that there is no real justification in buying ready-made applesauce.

You can make a decent amount, can it and freeze it for the entire winter – especially when Hanukkah pays a visit (try it with potato latkes!).

This dead-simple applesauce recipe will make any amateur cook feel like a master chef. 

So let’s get saucy.

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