Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg celebrated Purim with the world on Friday after he posted a picture of him and his wife with a freshly baked batch of hamantashen.
Pictured with his wife Priscilla Chan, the pair were in their kitchen, with a caption underneath the picture reading: “Baking hamantashen. Chag sameah!”
When asked about the holiday, he wrote how Haman “was the villain of Purim and he famously had a three-cornered hat. These symbolise the victory over him.”
The latest Jewish tradition which he’s shared on his own social media platform, last September he told his followers how he’d given his oldest daughter a family kiddish cup, while on Yom Kippur, wrote: “For those I hurt this year, I ask forgiveness and I will try to be better. For the ways my work was used to divide people rather than bring us together, I ask forgiveness and I will work to do better.”
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