Mishloach Manot – A Jewish Way to Be a Good Neighbor The holiday of Purim (March 20-21) is full of playful traditions and observances. One of the sweetest is mishloach manot, literally “sending of portions” in the form of baskets filled with treats and delivered on Purim day. It’s a uniquely Jewish way to reach out to neighbors or welcome someone new to town — and you’ll be doing a mitzvah! The custom comes from the ninth chapter of the Book of Esther: “Therefore the Jews of the villages, that dwelt in the unwalled towns, made the 14th day of the month of Adar a day of gladness and feasting, a holiday, and of sending portions to one another.” Hamantaschen, triangle-shaped pastries filled with jam, seeds, chocolate and more are the classic Ashkenazi Purim treats. Click below for a basic hamantaschen recipe, along with creative ideas about how to send goodies to your neighbors on Purim. We’ve also got recipes for savory, Rice Krispie and chocolate chip hamantaschen. Have fun!