Pro­duc­ing con­tent on the Web since 1995.

some say­ings of ר‘משבצונה“ל

For many years I have worked hard, and strug­gled with mas­ter­ing virtuous. Now, in addi­tion, I’m work­ing on becom­ing more virtual.
This is an expres­sion of that effort.
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השיבנו ה‘ אליך ונשובה חדש ימינו
כעוד לא היו
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ומביא גאלה…

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All pho­tographs are by Mark Hurvitz unless they are obvi­ously not (or credit oth­er­wise is given).

The pho­tos in the ban­ner at the top (only a shal­low sliver of a much larger photo) are either from our home or our trav­els and are offered for their beauty alone (though a brain-teaser for me: “Where was that?”).

Hamentaschen or “Ha Mohn-Taschen”

It all depends on how you hold them

On Jan­u­ary 22, 2002 Avi­gail wrote:

We’re bak­ing vulva cook­ies in honor of the anniver­sary of roe v. wade, [note: there is a site called that is an anti-abortion orga­ni­za­tion.] and i think our recipe is the best. thanks.

I didn’t know why she wanted the Hamen­taschen recipe, but, I told her that it was appro­pri­ate. I related to her the fol­low­ing story:

Rabbi Louis Feld­man (Cincin­nati ’70 — who has given me per­mis­sion to dis­sem­i­nate (appro­pri­ate word in con­text?) this story) was the rabbi at Tem­ple Beth Solomon of the Deaf in Los Ange­les in the early ‘70s. Lou knew a tiny bit of ASL (just to get by). One evening while telling the story of Purim he ended his talk by explain­ing that we all eat… and here he used the fol­low­ing sign:

with thumb and fore­fin­gers together the thumbs mak­ing a hor­i­zon­tal line at the top the fore­fin­gers point­ing at the bot­tom of a triangle.

The con­gre­ga­tion gasped and broke into laugh­ter. Rabbi Feld­man had made the sign for vagina. The sign for Hamen­taschen is the reverse: the thumbs mak­ing a hor­i­zon­tal line at the bot­tom and the fore­fin­gers point­ing up.

We use a mürbe teig dough recipe for our Hamentaschen:


  • 3 cups flour

  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 1.5 cups butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 6 tea­spoons bak­ing powder
  • 4 tea­spoons vanilla
  • 3 lemons, the rind thereof


  1. Mix by spoon then by hand

  2. Refrig­er­ate for two hours (or overnight).
  3. (Use tuna cans or mugs to cut to shape for Hamentaschen.)

Remem­ber, only mohn/poppy-seed Hamen­taschen are true Hamentaschen.

I will also use this oppor­tu­nity to request that work­shops on Jew­ish Sign be offered at URJ regional and national Bien­ni­als as well as at gath­er­ings of Rab­bis, Can­tors and Edu­ca­tors. It is, as you can imag­ine, embar­rass­ing to see incor­rect signs used.

Why Pop­py­seed Hamen­taschen Are The Only True Hamentaschen

Mohn (poppy seed) + Taschen (pock­ets) = Mohn­taschen (poppy seed pocket pastries)

+ Ha (Hebrew def­i­nite arti­cle) = Hamohn­taschen (Haman’s Pock­ets) or Purim poppy seed pocket pastries.

©Mark Hurvitz
Last mod­i­fied Thurs­day, Octo­ber 5, 2010