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Here are eight wonderful things about Hanukkah, one for each night, that can enhance our celebrations of this beloved holiday.
Inspired by Kwanzaa, a festival celebrated by many Black Americans in which each day of the holiday (from December 26 – January 1) is dedicated to a different core principle, my family and I dedicate each of the eight nights of Hanukkah to a different value exemplified by a biblical Jewish woman.
Latkes (potato pancakes) are the quintessential culinary treat of Hanukkah. Why do Jews stuff themselves with these fried potato pancakes every winter season?
Sfenj, deep-fried yeast donuts, are popular in Morocco during Hanukkah; the Yemenite version is called zalabia or zalvyah.
One favorite dish of the Ashkenazim that survived the move from the shtetl to North America was the hearty mushroom-potato-barley soup called krupnick.
Families donate gifts or money to charitable organizations instead of exchanging gifts on the sixth night of Chanukah.
Raised awareness to the plight of the three Israeli soldiers captured in the 2006 Lebanon War. Community Contact Information: Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel South Orange, NJ www.tsti.org Light One Candle For Gilad www.freethesoldiers.org Goals: Raise Awareness of the plight of the three kidnapped...