guarding the hamantaschen
Young man in military costume sells Hamantaschen cookies at the Congregation Beth Shalom annual Purim Carnival, Sunday, Mar. 11, 2012 in Carmichael, Calif. The holiday of Purim celebrates the heroic actions of Esther, who foiled a plot to exterminate the Jews of ancient Persia. Purim traditions include costume parties, Hamantaschen cookies and wine.