"Put on your yalmulka
Here comes Hanukkah
It's so much fun-akkah
To celebrate Hanukkah!"

The holiday originated when Judah the Maccabee and his followers reclaimed the temple in the village of Modi'in from Syrian King Antiochus IV.
The temple was cleansed and prepared for rededication. The Hebrew word hanukkah means "dedication." When the sacred temple Menorah
(candelabra) was relit, there was only enough sacred oil to burn for one day. Yet, according to tradition, the oil miraculously lasted eight days until
more purified oil could be found.
A story from the Apocrypha tells of the beautiful widow Judith who plied enemy Assyrian General Holofernes with cheese and wine until he fell into
a drunken stupor. Judith beheaded the general in his sleep, and his soldiers fled in fear, thus saving her people from the Assyrians.
In remembrance, a candle is lit each of the eight days of Hanukkah. Children receive gifts of gelt (in remembrance of the coins minted by
the new independent Maccabee state) or money and play games of dreidel (a spinning four-sided top.) The tradition of receiving a gift on each of
the eight days of Hanukkah is fairly recent. Since Christians exchange gifts at Christmas, Jews have come to exchange gifts other than coins
at Hanukkah, which comes at the same time of the year.
Hanukkah is the Festival of Lights celebrated for eight days to remember the the victory of the Maccabees over Antiochus of Syria some twenty-one
centuries ago.
Hanukkah is celebrated in December or late November, on Kislev 25 in the Jewish calendar.
It's a joyful celebration which encourages much eating, singing and rejoicing; a happy time when family comes together to commemorate the holiday
by lighting a candle for each of the eight days of the celebration, exchange gifts and eat special symbolic foods.

Hanukkah Bar

 Fish - Main Dishes - Meats in General

Apple and Orange Chicken

Apricot Chicken

Azorean Double-Marinated Quail

Bulgur and Vermicelli Pilaff

Cheesy Potato Kugel

Chicken Breasts Topped with Tomatoes and Arugula

Chopped Liver

 Honey Glazed Lamb

Potato Latkes

Prune and Olive Chicken

Salmon with Mint Sauce

Stuffed Beef Brisket


Vegetable and Feta Latkes

Wine-Marinated Brisket


Hanukkah Bar

Miscellaneous - Salads - Side Dishes - Soups

Cauliflower Latkes

Cheese Latkes

Cheese Latkes Judith

Farfel-Potato Soup

Fruited Wilted Spinach Salad

Hanukkah Bread

Mushroom Onion Matzo Kugel

Pommes Duchesse

Potato Latkes I

Pickled Herring

Ricotta and Mushroom Matzah Brei


Spinach and Tangerine Salad

Sugar Snap Pea, Radish and Cucumber Salad

Sweet-and-Sour Cabbage Soup

Sweet Potato Latkes

Swiss Cheese Quiche

Tossed Greens with Grapefruit Vinaigrette

Traditional Latkes

Wasabi Potato Latkes

Whitefish Salad

Yam Latkes

Zucchini Latkes

Hanukkah Bar

Breads - Cakes - Cookies - Desserts

Carrot Pudding


Chanukah Jelly Donuts

Cherry Vanilla Blintzes with Nectarines and Cherries, Flambeed in Shlivovitz

Chocolate Challah

Chocolate Fritters

Chocolate Hanukkah Stars

Cinnamon-Nut Baked Apples with Maple Glaze

Easy Rugalech

Fat-Free Cinnamon Twists

Fruit-Filled Hamantaschen

Fudgy Hanukkah Cake

Ginger Snaps

Hanukkah Cookies

Honey Bars

Honey Cookies


Low-Fat Hanukkah Fudge Cake

New York Cheesecake with Carmelized Big Apple Topping

No Yeast Mini Doughnuts

Reduced Calorie Apple Dessert Latkes

Rice Fritters


Spiced Potato Donuts

Sugar Free Rugelach

Sukariyot Soomsoom

Sweet Corn Blintzes with Cottage Cheese Filling

Sweet Potato Latkes


Vegetarian "Cheese" Blintzes with Blueberry Sauce

Hanukkah Bar

About Hanukkah

Midi: Yerushalayim Shel Zahav

Hanukkah Bar

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