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"...Haman was filled with rage."

(Esther 3:5)

Hamantasch noise maker
Hammentaschen noise maker

Copyright 2008 by Avi Biran

The Hamantasch is a pastry in Ashkenazi Jewish cuisine recognizable for its three-cornered shape. It is eaten during the Jewish holiday of Purim. The source of the name is a corruption of the Yiddish word 'Montashn' or the German word 'Mohntaschen', both meaning poppyseed-filled pouches. Over time, this name was transformed to hamantashen, likely by association with Haman (The evil guy from the scroll of Esther). In Israel, they are called 'Oznei Haman', Hebrew for "Haman's ears" where children are taught these tasty pastries are the ears of Haman that fell off at his execution. In this design The Hamantaschen is filled with ten bells symbolizing the ten sons of Haman that were hanged on a tree next to him. The noise is made by shaking the bells. The verse tells of the rage of Haman that metaphorically went out like steam from his ears. In Hebrew the word for 'Rage' sounds like the Hebrew word meaning 'Butter', thus making the conection between Haman's rage and the making of the pastry.

Nickel Silver

3.5" x 3.5" x 1"


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