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God’s View of Women

May not be what you believe it is! Perhaps it’s time to put aside preconceived ideas built on this present world and seek Biblical understanding for what it means to God for you to be a woman protected and provided for by Him.

In the Beginning

In Genesis 2:21-24, a woman was created from the rib portion of man. The man’s name was Adam, meaning from the ‘red earth,’ and the woman’ name was Chavah, meaning to ‘give life.  When the man saw the woman, he knew she was bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh. 

This is why a man leaves his mother and a woman her home.  They are to ‘leave and cleave’ and become ‘one flesh.’   They were ‘one’ person; one flesh. In the Garden of Eden, they were spiritually ‘equal’ in the eyes of God. The were physically equal because Chavah was made as a helpmeet or partner for Adam.

Matthew Henry, a nonconformist minister and author, was born in Wales but spent much of his life in England. He is known for his volumes of biblical commentary of the Old and New Testaments. He wrote this now-famous poem about man and woman in their perfect created state:

“Women were created from the rib of man to be beside him, not from his head to top him, nor from his feet to be trampled by him, but from under his arm to be protected by him, near to his heart to be loved by him.”

God put high value on women because they bring forth life. It is also promised that through the Seed of Woman redemption for all mankind would come.

After the Fall

Once sin entered the world, the relationship between man and woman flip-flopped.  Because the woman did not heed the command of God, but enticed her husband to sin, she would now have authority over her – to protect her from being deceived again. Though the woman would desire equality with her husband, he would rule over her.  In Genesis 3:16 God explains this consequences of sin to the woman:

“To the woman he said, “I will greatly increase your pain in childbirth. You will bring forth children in pain. Your desire will be toward your husband, but he will rule over you.”

Inequality between man and woman came about because of sin.  It is the consequence of disobedience to God.  This inequality is manifested in the world today through the broken male/female relationships and marriages.

 From a more deeply-rooted sin came the idea of ownership of women.  This is not a Biblical view, but a godless view.  Nations other than Israel bought and sold women especially when they were collateral damage from war. Kings  made alliances with other kings through intermarriage of their daughters without considering the value of their own flesh and blood. This is how King David accumulated so many foreign wives and, these intermarriages caused great dysfunction within his family. When he finally married Bat-Sheva, he achieved what God ultimately wanted from him – a kingly lineage.

Abuse of Women

As part of the Torah governing the community of Israel, everyone was to be treated with respect and kindness. The Ten Commandments mandate good treatment—from the intimate relationship of marriage to relationships in the marketplace (Exodus 20:1-17). For example, if a man took a second wife, he was not to deprive the first of “her food, clothing, and marital rights” (Exodus 21:10). 

In Exodus 21:22 “If two men are fighting with each other and happen to hurt a pregnant woman so that her unborn child dies, then, even if no other harm occurs, the man must be fined. He must pay the amount set by the woman’s husband and confirmed by judges.”

In Deuteronomy 22:13-29 a woman’s purity and propriety was protected by her father, brother or husband. In our day, women have lost all sense of propriety – moral behavior.   Virginity is frowned upon if not blatantly mocked in western civilization.   Sexual activity outside of marriage whether it is fornication or adultery has become normative rather than remaining a sin. What was once sacred between a husband and wife has become less and less valued.

God put in place consequences for men who rape virgins or married women.   It is the man who must to take responsibility for their actions against women.  It may seem a little absurd that marriage would be required for raping a virgin, but if we still lived by such a simple rule of law, perhaps fewer men would rape women and fewer women would flaunt themselves before men.

Unfortunately in this ‘modern era,’ women no longer want to be under the protection of their father or brothers or even husbands.   Instead, they act and speak like men or as my mom would have said, ‘sailors.’ When they are treated rudely or roughly by men, they refuse to look within themselves and how they lowered their own standards of womanhood. These regulations were given by God in order to restore the relationship between man and woman after sin destroyed that partnership. What is wrong with being protected by a brother?  a husband?  Should God protect women if they choose to live contrary to His commands for purity and morality?

The Lie of Abraham

Why did Abraham tell Sarah to lie to the Pharaoh about being his wife?  He didn’t want her taken from him and raped. This is what foreign kings did to women. They took whomever they wanted. They raped and pillaged. Sarah had a better chance of being safe from such barbarianism if she were his sister because men knew they had to ask for a daughter or sister’s hand.

Israel was never to do such things as kings or in war.   In fact, many times the Israelite warriors were to destroy everyone, including women, so immoral practices wouldn’t happen.  If by chance an Israelite man ‘took’ a foreign captive woman for his own, there were ‘rules.’ The woman had to be allowed a month long time of mourning the loss of her family so she could faithfully enter the community of Israel.

What About Hagar?

Hagar was Egyptian and most likely served Sarah when she lived in Pharaoh’s palace in Egypt. She returned with Abraham and Sarah to Canaan when they left Egypt and became Sarah’s maid.   There are some scholars who suggest that Hagar was actually Pharaoh’s daughter and given to Abraham, as a wife, as an appeasement for the debacle with Sarah. Again, a foreign king gives his daughter to make a peace alliance.

Hagar does become a wife of Abraham and births Ishmael. Eventually she is sent away because her son ‘played’ with Isaac.  The Hebrew word for Ishmael’s actions is the same word as ‘rape’ found in the account of Dinah.  Ishmael was not a good influence on Isaac and Abraham had to make a difficult decision regarding his son. Ishmael means “God Hears” so even though Hagar is sent away, she is not left alone. Ishmael’s descendants have become numerous because of the promise to Abraham and his offspring.

The Rape of Dinah

The account of Dinah is found in Genesis 34. Dinah, the only daughter of Jacob mentioned in Scripture was raped by Shechem, a Hittite, who became the enemies of God’s people.  Though Shechem loved Dinah and wanted to marry her, Jacob couldn’t think of an acceptable bride price.  Her brothers came up with the ‘price’ that all the men in the city of Shechem should become circumcised.  Shechem, the man, agreed because he wanted to marry Dinah.  While all the men in the city were in pain from circumcision, the brothers of Dinah, the sons of Israel, killed all of the men and removed their sister from the city.   This is how Dinah’s brothers avenged their sister after a rape.

Paying for a Bride

A bride price is something of value the future husband gives to the father of the bride.  This is not about buying and selling a woman, but giving to the father an agreed amount for the loss of his daughter.  It also shows how much the man desires to marry the woman. Shechem, a gentile, was willing to be circumcised to have Dinah as his wife. Jacob worked seven years to marry Rachel and then seven more when he was deceived into marrying Leah.

“You should be aware that the ransom paid to free you from the worthless way of life which your fathers passed on to you did not consist of anything perishable like silver or gold; on the contrary, it was the costly bloody sacrificial death of the Messiah, as of a lamb without defect or spot” (1 Peter 1:18-19).

The Bible says that we are not bought with gold or silver, but with the precious blood of Messiah.   This means that Yeshua paid a bride price for us so we could become his Bride. He paid the bride price to our ‘father the devil’ with his body, blood and his life. Does this make us less valuable or more valuable to him? 

Queen Esther

As a captive in the land of Persia (Iran), Esther was taken to the palace to be prepared to become the next Queen of Persia.   King Xerxes was from a pagan culture and used women for his pleasure. When he was done with them, he removed them just as he did with his wife Vashti.

After years of preparation and the possibility of ending up a concubine never to marry or have children, Esther became Queen. This position in the kingdom gave her the power to sway Xerxes to have favor on her Jewish people and to stand against the treachery of Haman.   God’s Hand of protection was over Esther, and because of her courage, the Jewish lineage of Messiah was not exterminated. Though Esther could have been abused by this king, God used her to save a nation.

Deborah, the Judge

In Judges chapter 4 and 5 is the account of Deborah who was a Judge in Israel because there were no men who were courageous enough to fight the Canaanites.  The Canaanites used temple prostitution to appease their gods.  This was not done in Israel nor could it be done in the Promised Land.  Deborah’s ‘song’ is recorded in Judges 5.  There are not many songs recorded the Bible– The Song of Moses, The Song of the Lamb, The Song of Miriam and Song of Deborah

The Moabitess

Ruth was from Moab, one of the descendants of Lot and his oldest daughter. The Moabites (and the Ammonites) worshipped Chemosh who required child sacrifices.  The King of Moab offered his child, the crown prince, as a sacrifice (2 Kings 3:27).   This was not to be done in Israel though two kings from Judah fell into this abominable practice.

Growing up Ruth lived with child sacrifice as well as temple prostitution.  She would have seen and known families who offered their children on the altar of fire.  Maybe she even watched as brother or sister was put on the burning altar to appease Chemosh. When she had the opportunity to leave Moab with her mother-in-law Naomi, she didn’t just leave, she embraced Naomi’s God, people and country. In this ‘foreign’ land, she would no longer have to appease a god who required murdering children. She would have the opportunity to find protection and ultimately marriage with a kinsman-redeemer in Boaz. Her baby would not be sacrificed on a burning altar, but grow up to be the grandfather of King David.

Obscure Strong, Courageous Women

There are many other strong, courageous women in Scripture. Asher’s (one of the sons of Israel) daughter, Serach, is believed to have sung for Jacob when he was told that Joseph was alive in Egypt. Her singing revived his spirit.

Miriam was first a little girl who watched her brother Moses float in the Nile River.  She followed him and asked the Egyptian princess if she should find a nurse. After crossing the Red Sea, Miriam took out the tambourine and danced. She was called a prophetess.

Ya’el, in the book of Judges,  killed Sisera by slamming a stake through his head delivering Israel from the troops of King Jabin.

Hannah, after waiting many years,  gave her son Samuel to the priest to be raised in the Temple.  He became a powerful prophet in Israel and anointed David to be King.

The widow of Zaraphath experienced a never-ending supply of oil from the prophet Elijah.

Anna was a widow and prophetess who saw Yeshua at the redemption of the firstborn in the Temple. She told people that the liberation of Jerusalem was at hand.

Miriam became filled by the Spirit of God and became pregnant out of wedlock. She remained faithful to the call on her life and gave birth to the Messiah. 

Women found the empty tomb and shared the message of his resurrection.   A woman washed Yeshua’s feet because of his forgiveness.  Martha had faith to believe that Yeshua could raise her brother from the dead.

Who was Tamar (Genesis 38)?  What made her an honorable woman?Who is Asenath (Genesis 41:45)?  What did she have to overcome?
Who was Rahab (Joshua 2:1-24)?  What did she do for Israel?Who is Huldah?  (2 Kings 22:14-20).  What is named after her?
Who is Jemimah (Job 42:14)?  How is she honored by her father? 
Who is Phoebe (Romans 16:1)? What was her role in the early Messianic community?   
Who was Lydia of Thyatira (Acts 16:14-15)?  What made her unique in the Body of Messiah? Who was Jezebel? (1 Kings 16, 18, 19).  How has her ‘spirit’ influenced women throughout history?

 The world in which we live has a view of women that is skewed and the church, which doesn’t truly study the Torah, has embraced this view. Young girls are taught that their God-given role as wives, mothers, grandmothers, women who teach the next generation about faith in God has become obsolete. Yet, this is how Timothy learned – on his grandmother’s knee.Women crave equality through ‘the women’s movement’ while God and His ways actually give women equality and dignity.

Women have been sold a lie called ‘careerism.’ They fight for ‘equal rights’ and claw their way up the corporate ladder among men and fail.  They fail because they were not created to compete with men contrary to the rhetoric spouted by truly unredeemed women.

God never commanded women to have careers outside of the home.
Titus 2:3-5 outlines the roles of older and younger women. The word ‘keeper’ in Greek is ouros and means ‘guardian’ of the home.  Seeking to rule over men, contrary to the consequence of their sin, women have relinquished their guardianship over their home. Instead of guarding their homes from the evil ways of the world, they open the door and walk out. They leave their children with others to ‘guard’ them while rationalizing their need for ‘freedom.’

Women and Authority

Because of woman being deceived in Genesis, she needs rulership. First Corinthians 11 explains that line of authority: God, Messiah, Man and Woman.  This is how God’s Kingdom works in this realm to restore order from chaos. This doesn’t mean woman has no authority and is a ‘doormat,’ just that she is under authority just like a man is under the authority of Messiah.   Remember the Centurion, who told Yeshua that he didn’t need to come to his home to heal his servant?  He said that he was a man under authority and understood that when a command is given, it is followed (Matthew 8:9). 

How does it make you feel as a woman to know you are ‘under authority?’ Does it make you feel safer? What is rebellion?  How does rebellion against God’s authority affect the world, the individual, the family?

To understand how God views women, we have to transform our thoughts from this world’s upheaval and dysfunction to His Kingdom.

“Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]” (Romans 12:2 Amplified Version). 

Even though women are considered weaker than men, that does not make them less valuable, less courageous or even weak. It means they are different and in their difference, they bring forth a uniqueness to life in this world.

When Messiah returns, everything will be restored as it was in Eden only better. Until then, there is a restoration that comes through faith in Messiah Yeshua. Women are not unequal, but co-heirs. In Messiah Yeshua there is no male or female, Jew or Greek, slave or free. We are all One (Galatians 3:28).

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The Cast of Purim

“Mordecai recorded these events and sent letters to all the Jews in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus, both near and far, instructing them to observe the fourteenth day of the month of Adar and the fifteenth day, every year, [to commemorate] the days on which the Jews obtained rest from their enemies and the month which for them was turned from sorrow into gladness and from mourning into a holiday; they were to make them days of celebrating and rejoicing, sending portions [of food] to each other and giving gifts to the poor” (Esther 9:20-22).

King Xerxes and Queen Esther

Purim is a memorial to the deliverance of the Jewish people from near  destruction while they were in exile in Persia (modern-day Iran).  During the reign of Ahasuerus (aka King Xerxes), a wicked anti-semitic man named Haman came to power.  He wanted all Jews in the kingdom destroyed because they had customs that wouldn’t allow them to obey the king’s laws.  Purim or ‘lots’ were cast to choose the day of their annihilation.  A Jew named Mordecai along with his niece who had become Queen interceded for the Jewish people and their destruction was averted. 

Purim celebrations are joyous and center around audience-participation melodramas.  There are groggers or noisemakers used to either cheer for the heroes or drown out the name of the villain, Haman.  Cookies, called Hamantashen, are made to look like Haman’s tricorn hat.  Children dress in the costumes of their favorite Purim character.  Food is collected and put in baskets to give to the poor, the widow and the fatherless.

Within the account of Purim there are an array of characters.  As you read one or two specific verses from the megillah or scroll of Esther about each of them,  watch how power corrupts, faith overcomes and truth is revealed.  More importantly, watch God work His hand of protection for the Jewish people, for without it, they would have been destroyed.  As some have said, without Purim, there would have been no Jewish people.  If there had been no Jewish people, there would have been no salvation named Yeshua from the Tribe of Judah.

In these last days, the Jewish people and the nation of Israel are under great attack from the nations around the world.  As global events continue to unfold, everyone will have to  choose a side:  Israel and God’s people or the international community.  As you read the account of Esther, check your own heart regarding the Jewish people.  Are you rebellious Queen Vashti,  transformed King Ahasuerus, faithful Queen Esther, discerning Mordecai, vindictive Zeresh, or anti-semitic Haman? 

Vashti

The queen to Ahasuerus disobeyed the king’s command and lost her position in the kingdom.

“Therefore, if it pleases the king, let him issue a royal decree and let it be written in the laws of Persia and Media, which cannot be repealed, that Vashti is never again to enter the presence of King Xerxes. Also let the king give her royal position to someone else who is better than she” (Esther 1:19).

Hadassah (Esther)

Hadassah in Hebrew means ‘myrtle’ while her Persian name means ‘hidden.’  She was ‘hidden’ in the king’s palace and became an intercessor for the lives of the Jewish people.

“Now there was in the citadel of Susa a Jew of the tribe of Benjamin, named Mordecai … who had a cousin named Hadassah. This girl, who was also known as Esther, was lovely in form and features, and Mordecai had taken her as his own daughter when her father and mother died” (Esther 2:4-5).

Ahasuerus

The king of Persia also known as King Xerxes.

Now the king was attracted to Esther more than to any of the other women, and she won his favor and approval more than any of the other virgins. So he set a royal crown on Esther’s head and made her queen instead of Vashti”(Esther 2:17).

Mordecai

Hadassah’s uncle from the Tribe of Benjamin who remained faithful to the King and Queen of Persia.  His name means ‘warrior.’

“During the time Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate, two of the king’s officers who guarded the doorway, became angry and conspired to assassinate King Xerxes. But Mordecai found out about the plot and told Queen Esther, who in turn reported it to the king, giving credit to Mordecai” (Esther 2:21-22).

Haman

The king’s right-hand man who descended from Amalek, who was to be destroyed by King Saul.   Haman had an anti-semitic heart.

“Then Haman said to King Ahusuerus, “There is a certain people dispersed and scattered among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom whose customs are different from those of all other people and who do not obey the king’s laws; it is not in the king’s best interest to tolerate them. If it pleases the king, let a decree be issued to destroy them, and I will put ten thousand talentsof silver into the royal treasury for the men who carry out this business” (Esther 3:8-9).

Haman’s Wife

A jealous woman who wanted her husband to rise to power in the kingdom.

“His wife Zeresh and all his friends said to him, “Have a gallows built, seventy-five feethigh, and ask the king in the morning to have Mordecai hanged on it. Then go with the king to the dinner and be happy” (Esther 5:14).

The Decree of Extermination

“Letters were sent by courier to all the royal provinces “to destroy, kill and exterminate all Jews, from young to old, including small children and women, on a specific day, the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month of Adar, and to seize their goods as plunder” (Esther 3:13).

For Such a Time as This – A Spiritual Vision

“When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape.  For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?”  (Esther 4:12-14)

The Queen – Bride

The Bride petitions the King for the lives of God’s Chosen People.

“Then Queen Esther answered, “If I have found favor with you, O king, and if it pleases your majesty, grant me my life—this is my petition. And spare my people—this is my request. For I and my people have been sold for destruction and slaughter and annihilation. If we had merely been sold as male and female slaves, I would have kept quiet, because no such distress would justify disturbing the king” (Esther 7:3-4).

The King – Messiah

The King rewards the Bride because of her faithful and courageous stand for God’s Chosen People. 

”That same day King Ahasuerus gave the house of Haman, the enemy of the Jews, to Esther the queen. Also Mordecai appeared before the king, for Esther had revealed his relationship to her. (Esther 8:1).

Mordecai – The Warrior

The Warrior who fought for the lives of the God’s Chosen people is rewarded with a signet ring, the seal of the King and dressed in royal robes. 

“The king removed his signet ring, which he had taken back from Haman, and gave it to Mordecai. Then Esther put Mordecai in charge of Haman’s house…. Meanwhile, Mordecai left the king’s presence arrayed in royal blue and white, wearing a large gold crown and a robe of fine linen and purple; and the city of Shushan shouted for joy” (Esther 8:2, 15).  

The Jews – The Kingdom

The Jews celebrate the decree that freed them from certain death.  Many non-Jews put their faith in the God of the Jews and become part of the ‘commonwealth of Israel.’

“For the Jews, all was light, gladness, joy and honor. In every province and city where the king’s order and decree arrived, the Jews had gladness and joy, a feast and a holiday. Many from the peoples of the land became Jews, because fear of the Jews had overcome them” (Esther 8:16-17).

Haman – The Enemy

Haman builds a gallows that is 75 feet high in order to kill his sworn enemy.  The word 75 in Hebrew is abos and means ‘to feed,’ ‘fatten,’ or ‘fodder’ which is ‘food for livestock.’  The actual Hebrew letters which make up 75 are Ayin and Hey.  The Hebrew word pictures for these two letters mean ‘window’ and ‘reveal.’  The numerical meaning of 75 could be the ‘seeing and revealing’ of the evil one’s true desire: to destroy the Jewish people so Messiah could not come the first time; and to destroy them in our days so he cannot return and end the control of the god of this world.

“Haman had just fallen on the couch where Ester was, when the king returned from the palace garden to the wine banquet. He shouted, “Is he even going to rape the queen here in the palace, before my very eyes?” The moment these words left the king’s mouth, they covered Haman’s face. Harvonah, one of the king’s attendants, said, “Look! The gallows seventy-five feet high that Haman made for Mordekhai, who spoke only good for the king, is standing at Haman’s house.” The king said, “Hang him on it.” So they hanged Haman on the gallows he had prepared for Mordekhai” (Hebrews 7:8-10). 

Yeshua and Purim

“After this, there was a Judean festival; and Yeshua went up to Yerushalayim. In Yerushalayim, by the Sheep Gate, is a pool called in Aramaic, Beit-Zata, in which lay a crowd of invalids — blind, lame, crippled…. Now that day was Shabbat, so the Judeans said to the man who had been healed, “It’s Shabbat!  It’s against Torah for you to carry your mat!” (John 5:1-3, 9-10).

In John chapter 5, Yeshua went into Jerusalem and celebrated an unnamed Biblical festival by healing a crippled man on the Sabbath in  Bethesda meaning “House of Mercy.’  The only Biblical holiday to fall on a Sabbath during the years of Yeshua’s ministry was Purim in 28 C.E. It is believed by scholars that the Spirit of God left out the specific name of the feast because His name was also not found in the book of Esther.  

There is, however, the Alef and the Tav found throughout the book of Esther.  In Revelation 22:13, Yeshua says that he is the ‘beginning and the end, the alef and the tav.’  He would not have used the Greek letters alpha and omega because he spoke Hebrew to John.   Also, the Hebrew letters Alef and Tav have incredible significance.  These letters make up the word את or ‘et’ and are found throughout the Hebrew Scriptures.  They do not have a specific meaning like ‘the’ or ‘and’ though they sometimes point to a coming noun.  Their Hebrew word pictures suggest ‘the first strength of the covenant sign.’  It’s not until Yeshua explains those letters in Revelation that a reader of the Hebrew language can suddenly ‘see’ him in passages like Esther 4:7 and 9:29. Though the memorial name of God, the yod hey vav hey is not found in Esther, His ‘salvation’ or Yeshua, the Alef and the Tav, is. 

The healed man had been crippled for 38 years.  In Hebrew the number 38 is created with the letters Lamed and Chet meaning ‘one who has authority over the inner room or heart.’  This is what Purim is about.  What is the heart condition of each person in the account or moreover the heart condition of whoever reads the account of Esther? Is it a love for the Jewish people, a love enough to stand for them in the midst of persecution like Ahasuerus or an anti-semitic hatred like wicked Haman that desires not only their complete demise, but their assimilation into the religious cultures around them?  We can all be like the Warrior Mordecai standing for the God of Israel or Queen Esther who was willing to lay down her life for the Chosen People of God. 

Purim – The Memorial

Mordecai recorded these events, and he sent letters to all the Jews throughout the provinces of King Ahasuerus, near and far,to have them celebrate annually the fourteenth and fifteenth days of the month of Adaras the time when the Jews got relief from their enemies, and as the month when their sorrow was turned into joy and their mourning into a day of celebration. He wrote them to observe the days as days of feasting and joy and giving presents of food to one another and gifts to the poor” (Esther 9:20-22).

The ‘day of lots’ became an annual memorial to the Jews’ victory over anti-semitism and is observed from the days of Persia through the days  of Yeshua until today.  May anti-semitism like that of Haman, that desires to destroy the very people from whom salvation came, never take root the hearts of those who enter the Kingdom of God.

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Hamantaschen

Hamantashen

Hamantaschen are special cookies made for Purim.  They are filled with jam and the edges are pinched together to look like Haman’s tri-corn hat.

Ingredients:  1 ½ cups butter, softened;  2 ¼ cups sugar, 3 large eggs, ¾ tsp. baking soda, 6 ½ cups unbleached flour, and your favorite jam or date paste.

⅓ cup cold water for pinching sides together

Mix the ingredients together until it forms a soft ball that is easily rolled.  With a rolling pin, roll out dough until it’s between ⅛ and ¼ inch thick.  Using the top of a glass or jar, cut out circles. 

Place a teaspoon of jam or date paste in the center of the circle.

Wetting your fingers with the water, pinch the sides together to form a triangle or tri-corn hat making them stick together. 

Bake at  350º for 8-10 minutes or until fully cooked and light brown in color.