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With stories and insights, Rabbi Twerski's new book Twerski on Machzor makes Rosh Hashanah prayers more meaningful. Thus, severed ears are reminiscent of Haman’s fate (I know, this makes them just a bit less appetizing). Hamentaschen were always classically filled with honeyed poppy seeds, mohn in Yiddish.And since tasch is a pocket, the treats might have originally been known as mohntaschen, which due to their association with Purim became known as hamentaschen (Sefer Matamim, Purim 2).(Based on Ta’amei Ha Minhagim 895.) Finally, the three corners of the hamentaschen might allude to the three-way struggle between Ahasuerus, Haman and Esther or the three Patriarchs in whose merit we were saved (Otzar Dinnim u’Minhagim, based on Midrash, Sefer Matamim Purim 2).For a more complete treatment of this interesting topic see here.Adar 9 is the traditional date of the first controversy between the talmudic academies of Hillel and Shammai.In the first century CE, Roman persecution of the Jews led to a weakening of Torah education channels, and two separate rabbinic schools came into being, each developing its own set of customs.Why were these “poppy pockets” customarily eaten on Purim?It was in fulfillment of a custom to eat seeds on Purim. 1) records, when Daniel, Hanania, Mishael, and Azaria were forced into service in Nebuchadnezzar’s court, Daniel requested that they be given just seeds and water to eat so they wouldn’t have to defile themselves with non-kosher food.Their request was reluctantly granted, and they thrived on their limited (but fairly healthy) diet.The Talmud likewise records that Esther subsisted on seeds in order to keep kosher in the palace (Megillah 13a). (Based on this, hamentaschen should really be filled with seeds – as they traditionally always were.