Daughter of US president and her family celebrate Jewish festival with traditional cookies
Ivanka Trump, the daughter of US President Donald Trump, marked the Jewish holiday of Purim over the weekend by posting a picture of her and her children making the traditional hamantaschen cookies.
“After-school fun making hamantaschen for Purim with Arabella and Joseph,” Trump posted to her Instagram account on Friday.
Purim, which starts Saturday night, commemorates the Biblical tale of an averted genocide of the Jews in the Persian empire some 2,500 years ago, and is a festive occasion celebrated with costumes, parades and street parties in cities around Israel.
One of the most iconic symbol of the holiday are hamantaschen — called oznai haman, or “Haman’s ears,” in Hebrew — named after the villain of the story.
The dough triangles are usually filled with poppy seeds, chocolate or dates.
In the weeks before Purim, they pop up in bakeries, cafes and kitchens around the country, and the treats are included in the ‘mishloah manot,’ or Purim gift baskets, Israelis traditionally exchange for the holiday.
Trump converted to Orthodox Judaism in 2009 in order to marry her husband Jared Kushner. The couple have three children, Arabella, 5, Joseph, 3 and Theodore, 1.