You played it when you were little. Your children played it. Your grandchildren will play it. Your great-grandchildren will play it … Yes, it’s great to have a rousing evening of that familiar nun, hey, gimmel, dalet game. But can’t somebody come up with something a little different? You can.
Chanukah, the Jewish festival of rededication, also known as the festival of lights, is an eight day festival beginning on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev. Chanukah is probably one of the best known Jewish holidays, not because of any great religious significance, but because of its proximity to Christmas. Many non-Jews… Read More
Nothing pleases cookie lovers of all ages more than fresh-from-the-oven homemade cookies and brownies. Holidays often bring to mind American standbys from the past such as gingersnaps and shortnin’ bread. But it’s the old-world international recipes that were brought here by our European ancestors that have become today’s American favorites.
This year I wanted to really give my annual Chanukah bash a global touch. Over the years I’ve been fortunate to have relatives and friends share the delicious holiday recipes and traditions of their ethnic backgrounds.
History tells us that after the Maccabees defeated King Antiochus’ army, a great celebration ensued. The Temple in Jerusalem was liberated and restored, and men and women alike sang songs and made sacrifices. It was indeed a joyous affair.
Jews eat potatoes in everything. There’s cholent, potato kugel and potato knishes. There’s even tzimmes. However, the absolute most perfect use of potatoes, better even than French fries, is to turn them into potato pancakes — latkes, which have crunchy mahogany edges, crispy golden midsections and tender, rich, meaty interiors.
Ingredients: 1 box plain graham crackers 1 cup raisins 1 egg white 1 box round toothpicks * 2-3 cups confectioner’s sugar 6-inch cardboard squares or paper plates 1 box mixed dried fruit, cut into tiny pieces Directions: Beat egg white until stiff but not dry. Gradually pour in sugar until a thick white paste results…. Read More
The House on the Roof – Adler, David A. Tamar’s Sukkah – Gelman, Elie Tikvah Means Hope – Polacco, Patricia List of Jewish Holiday Resources Available at the Aaron H. Leibtag Resource Center of the Center for Jewish Education 5800 Park Heights Avenue (410) 578-6943
We learn about the festival of Sukkot in the Torah, “The fifteenth day of the seventh month (Tishri) shall be a festival. You shall live in booths for seven days, so you may remember that the Jewish people lived in booths when they were freed from slavery in Egypt” (Leviticus 23:42-43). Today, many Jews build… Read More