PunkTorah’s Virtual Mishloach Manot


Every Purim we give mishloach manot, little goodie bags filled with cookies, candies, airplane bottles of booze…you know, whatever you are into. Unfortunately, an online community doesn’t have virtual mishloach manot. And while 3D printers can do amazing things, we haven’t managed to find one that can bake the perfect poppyseed hamentaschen from digital schematics. […]

Purim Lesson Plan: “That Vashti Thinks She’s the Queen of the Neighborhood” and Other Hot Purim Topics


This Purim, consider using the amazing lesson plan designed by Ariana Katz for PunkTorah. Download the PDF here. Purim combines ritual, costume, profanity, silliness, community, and wildness that speaks to people of all ages. I often introduce Purim to people who are learning about it for the first time as “Jewish Halloween.” While that is […]

Adar: Food as Transformation


What so many of us know about the holiday of Purim is what we can remember from the reading of the Megilah, getting to scream and yell in Synagogue, and, well, getting really…really….lit. Nothing like a Jewish holiday where we are actually supposed to get drunk and party. Yes. It’s the Jewish Mardi Gras. All […]

Paper Plate Hamantashen

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You can’t have Purim without Hamantashen! These sweet paper plate Hamantashen are easy enough for preschoolers to make while waiting for the real ones to bake. You will need: a paper plate tissue paper in the colour of your choice. (we picked orange!) glue brown crayon Start by colouring in the underside of your paper […]

Paper Plate Purim Masks

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Purim is all about dressing up and having fun! These fun masks are easy for children to customise themselves and with a bit of imagination you can dress up as absolutely anyone! You will need: A paper plate scissors ribbons crayons sticky gems or buttons Cut a mask shape into your paper plate. We left […]