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Links to…Purim spoofs & spiels

There’s something wonderfully irreverent about Purim. We’re granted permission — nay, encouraged! — to do all the things normally frowned upon in regular life, whether it’s drinking too much and making fools of ourselves, or, even better, lampooning the most respected members of our community.

This week’s IJN includes our annual Indigestible Purim Nosh announcing a Tony Award for…Cholent! It’s available for purchase along with our annual Spring L’Chaim® magazine by contacting Carol at (303) 861-2234 or

To get you started, here are a couple of spoofs & spiels that are getting us into the Purim mood. Have a spoof of your own? Share by posting a comment.

  • The Forward’s Backwards is always good for a few laughs, typically twisting a current events story. This year it’s “In Compromise, Bibi Addresses 9th Grade Model Congress in Suburban Illinois
  • The over hyped “50 Shades of Grey” seems to have inspired more than one spoof, from Backwards’ “50 Sheitels of Grey” to the LA Jewish Journal’s50 Shades of Black
  • Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, has created the ultimate Purim spoof, handing out mock Oscars for best actor (Iran), best supporting actor (Hezbollah) and best editing (Palesintians for rewriting history).

And don’t forget about making Hamantaschen (if you haven’t yet OD’ed that is!). This is our tried and true recipe, but nothing will change the fundamental challenge to successfully making Hamantaschen: They require a very soft dough.

The key is to make sure to chill the dough for at least 3 hours (preferably overnight) before working with it. And as you’re shaping and baking your Hamantaschen, re-chill the remaining dough before moving on to the next batch. (The proof is in the pudding. Check out the finished product here.)


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