March 17, 2011 |
The joyous festival of Purim, which begins Saturday night, commemorates the deliverance of the Jews of ancient Persia from danger. So why not celebrate with a menu that honors that? Persian cooking has much in common with other Middle Eastern cuisines, but its flavor combinations are unique, with gentle spicing, lavish use of fresh herbs and desserts that are accented with cardamom, saffron and rosewater. For a festive Purim dinner in the Persian style, serve an eggplant and tomato appetizer with fresh flatbread, a noodle and spinach soup with beans and three kinds of herbs, and a creamy almond rice pudding.
March 4, 2010
Purim tips: In the Feb. 25 Food section, an article about the Jewish festival of Purim was accompanied by a list of tips for celebrating the holiday that inadvertently included material previously published by Chana Lewis. Claremont museum and gallery: An item in Tuesday's Calendar referring readers to a story on the Culture Monster blog said that the OBJCT Gallery had moved into space recently vacated by the Claremont Museum of Art. The OBJCT Gallery has moved into the former museum's gift shop.
February 25, 2010 |
Purim is a holiday of sweetness and joy, a time when Jews reflect on the power of an individual and the victory of the Jewish nation in the face of destruction. One of the exciting elements of Purim is the obligatory giving of gifts of food to friends and family. Jews are commanded to give at least two foods to at least one person, and they must be ready-to-eat food items. Mordecai, one of the Purim heroes, instituted the practice of mishloach manot. TIPS FOR MISHLOACH MANOT Collect any plastic berry or wood produce baskets, boxes, decorative bottles, ribbons and bows you have around the house.
February 25, 2010 |
Wear silly clothes. Play pranks. Feast, play cards and games, and maybe even drink a little. While this may sound like any college student's idea of a perfect evening, it's actually the traditional way to celebrate the Jewish festival of Purim, beginning this year on Saturday evening. One of the most important and beautiful customs of Purim is giving the gift of food — mishloach manot ( shalach manos in Yiddish). At Purim time, giving is a mitzvah , or good deed, and giving to the poor, the elderly and the less fortunate is considered especially virtuous.
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March 3, 2007 |
Purim, a holiday celebrating the foiling of a plot to kill the Jews of ancient Persia, is often used by many -- including the underaged -- as an excuse to get drunk. The festival, which starts today at sundown, is observed with costumes, storytelling and boisterous behavior. But growing concern about excessive drinking on Purim is prompting some Jewish leaders and groups to call for moderation or to suggest that celebrants forgo alcohol entirely.
November 17, 2006 |
Fred Willard's faux-hawk is possibly the best thing about Christopher Guest's "For Your Consideration," a spoof of Oscar season hype co-written with Eugene Levy. It's funny in parts but not half as inspired as past efforts. Still, Willard is a genius at playing dumb, and he knows a kindred hairstyle when he sees one.