There are a number of dishes that are recognized as Jewish food such as gefilte fish and matzah ball soup. A personal favorite is related to the Jewish holiday of Purim.
Roughly 2,500 years ago in Persia, an evil politician named Haman tried to kill all of the Jews, but failed in his attempt. The holiday of Purim celebrates the day that Haman had chosen to kill the Jews but instead became the day of his downfall.
To celebrate the day, Jews made a sweet dessert called Hamataschen. The cookie has three corners designed to resemble Haman’s three cornered-hat. The middle of the cookie is filled with something sweet such as apricot or prune jam. While people may eat the delicious dessert all year, the day of Purim when Jews celebrate the inversion of their fate, is when they are mostly consumed.
Today, there are additional sweets to enjoy named after other evil people who wanted to harm the Jewish people.
On August 18, 1988, the terrorist group Hamas published its charter. The vile charter was replete with anti-Semitic invective. It called for the destruction of the Jewish State of Israel by all Arabs and Muslims around the world and invited more people to participate. It was a manifesto for jihad and terrorism which fueled the murder of thousands of people.
Unfortunately, Hamas did not disappear on that August day. It won parliamentary elections in 2006, securing 58% of the seats. It evicted the rival Fatah group from the Gaza Strip in 2007 and launched three wars against Israel from there in 2008, 2012 and 2014. In 2018, it has chosen to use arson balloons to destroy Israeli fields and terrorize Israelis.
But perhaps it is time to negate the hate.
Israel has effectively blocked Hamas from implementing its charter of genocide. In the 30 years since the screed was published, Israel has become an economic and military powerhouse, while the territory Hamas controls has become a dreary backwater. The Israeli army has eliminated thousands of Hamas terrorists, thereby saving many thousands of Israeli lives.
It is time to celebrate the reversal of Hamas’s calls for the death to Israel, to a celebration of the Nation-State of the Jewish People.
Introducing two new Jewish treats: Abu Mazen Balls and Te’ay’nog.
Abu Mazen Balls
Abu Mazen is the nom de guerre of the ineffectual acting-President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas. Abu Mazen began his four-year term as President of the Palestinian Authority on January 10, 2005, but he has refused to hold elections again. His PA government has celebrated the murder of Israeli Jews, called for the death penalty for any Arab that sells land to Jews, demanded a new country of Palestine be free of any Israeli Jews, and blamed Jews for their own Holocaust. He refuses to recognize the history and rights to Jews in their homeland and threatens them on the global stage.
But the Jewish people are thriving while he disappears from history.
Abu Mazen Balls are the tasty treat named for him.
Take three pounds of almonds (or hazelnuts if preferred) and place them in a bag. Pound the nuts with a mallet until they are fine. Place into a bowl.
Add three tablespoons of silan, a date honey (one of Judaism’s special seven species). Add a 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg and ¼ teaspoon of vanilla. Mix thoroughly.
Take a small amount of the mixture and roll into a small ball. Abu Mazen Balls are very small – roughly four equals a full regular full sized meatball.
Bake in an oven for 35 minutes at 325 degrees. Once cool, pour a significant amount of confectioners sugar to bury the balls like Abu Mazen’s grey mane.
The recommended serving size is four balls, but no one ever pays heed to anything regarding Abu Mazen.
Te’AyNog comes from the Hebrew word Te’ayna, which means date. The sweet dessert if a mix of dates and cream cheese which serves as a filling in filo dough. The sweet dish is baked briefly before being flambed in brandy. The fiery finish is meant to recall the Hamas arson attacks which ultimately resulted in more Hamas deaths than Israeli injuries.
Combine three pounds of pitted dates and 8 ounces of cream cheese and mix thoroughly in a bowl together with ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon.
Place the mixture onto buttered filo dough and roll the contents. Heat for 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Flambe in brandy before serving.
Date of Celebration
There is a debate about when to celebrate and eat these treats. Some people argue that it should be on November 29 to mark the date that the United Nations General Assembly voted on Resolution 181 in favor of a Jewish State, and which continues to be marked by Palestinian Arabs as the Nakba. Others suggest May 15 when five Arab armies came to destroy Israel in 1948 but failed. Or June 4, when the armies of Syria, Egypt and Jordan attacked Israel to destroy it in 1967, but instead lost even more territory.
Others have picked August 18, to mark the vileness of Hamas’s publication of the most anti-Semitic and war-obsessed charter ever written by any government. And yet another group has chosen July 19, when the Israeli government finally declared itself the Nation-State of the Jewish People in 2018.
Whichever day you choose to celebrate the inversion of the stated history of anti-Semites with the survival and success of the Jewish State, enjoy the desserts and savor the modern miracle that blooms beautifully despite being surrounded by dark fields of hate.
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