A common explanation is that we eat latkes (potato pancakes) because they are cooked in oil and this remind us of the miracle that a single cruse of oil found in the Temple lasted for eight nights.
It is always appropriate to commit to resolutions that will improve our lives, the lives of those around us, and the larger world.
I’m Jewish and my partner is not. We’d like to have a Jewish wedding and plan to raise a Jewish family. Will a Reform rabbi or cantor officiate at our wedding?
Historically, since the Rabbinic period (post 70 CE), Jewish status was passed down by the mother.
Your first step should be to approach the organization Nefesh B'Nefesh, which works with the Israeli government and The Jewish Agency for Israel to “remove or minimize the financial, professional, logistical and social obstacles of aliyah and the move to Israel.” They will walk you through the process.
On the Jewish calendar, holidays begin in the evening, at sundown, and they continue through the next day.