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
Ideas to Make Your Sukkot Holiday Special A popular custom, which began in the 16th century, is to ask guests, in the form of the Jewish forefathers, into one’s sukkah. The guests are called ushpizin, and include: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Aaron and David. You can design your own poster showing the ushpizin for… Read More
Interesting Sukkot facts The Israel Museum is home to one of the most unusual and beautiful sukkahs ever. It’s from 19th-century Germany, and it’s collapsible! The boards are carefully numbered and show scenes from Israel including Jerusalem and the Kotel.
Decorating the sukkah is lots of fun. Here’s an idea for a hanging mobile your children will enjoy looking at every time they eat or play in the sukkah. You will need: two wire coat hangers two twist ties tissue paper adhesive tape glue rag thread and needle ribbon Instructions: Cut ten strips of tissue… Read More