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Mishloach Manot

Posted By Elana Amsterdam On March 18, 2011 @ 4:00 am In holiday | 25 Comments

purim basket
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Mishloach Manot?  Shalloch Manos?  No, I am not speaking in tongues.  I am just speaking in Hebrew.  And Yiddish.

Every year to celebrate Purim, we have a little party (with Hamantaschen of course) and give mishloach manot to our friends.  Here’s Wikipedia’s official description of this “festive gift basket:”

Mishloach manot (Hebrew: ????? ?????, pronounced “mish-LOH-ach mah-NOTE,”, literally, “sending of portions”; also spelled mishloach manos and sometimes shortened to shalach manos), and also called a Purim basket, are gifts of food or drink that are sent to friends, relatives, neighbors, teachers, business associates, and any other acquaintances on Purim day. The mitzvah of giving mishloach manot derives from the Book of Esther. It is meant to ensure that everyone has enough food for the Purim feast.”

At this time of year (every year!) we also receive a beautiful gluten free gift basket from my husband’s parents with all sorts of yummy treats, which we greatly appreciate.

This year, we made gluten free shalloch manos and gave them to the families in our Chavurah.  I included all kinds of treats from my gluten free Purim recipe roundup as well as gluten free Chocolate Raspberry Hamantaschen, my latest healthy Purim dessert.

I hope you all have a lovely Purim, and make sure to check your gift baskets for gluten.  The ones my in-laws send are gluten free, the one in the photo above is not.  Chag Samaech!


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