The White House posted a Purim message Friday, which included a brief description of the holiday's traditions and two hamantaschen recipes - one Ashkenazi and one Sephardi.
The message posted by Matt Nosanchuk, an Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement, on the White House Blog called on people to not only focus on the masquerading aspects of the holiday but also reflect on the holiday's "more serious underlying themes of persecution and survival in the face of the planned genocide of ancient Persia’s Jews."
The blog post provided a basic outline of the story of the Book of Esther and listed a number of the holiday's main customs: the blotting of Haman's name with noise when mentioned during a public reading of the book, the giving of gifts and the eating of hamantaschen.
The blog posts ends with two hamantaschen recipes provided by Susan Barocas, who acted as project director of the recent the Jewish Food Experience project in Washington, DC.
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