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The Celebration of Hanukkah Traditions

The Celebration of Hanukkah Traditions


Each household celebrating Hanukkah has their very own particular traditions. I really like the phrase “custom” as a result of it’s an accounting of lengthy, established customs and beliefs handed on from era to era.

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Sometimes, our whole perception system and core values are based mostly on household teachings. Our mother and father and grandparents handed their knowledge right down to us, and we, in flip, move sure traditions right down to our youngsters and grandchildren. My circle of relatives’s Hanukkah (or Chanukah) traditions stem from the teachings of my grandfather.

My paternal grandfather was a person of few phrases. He had a powerful affect on me as a result of he was an advocate for sustaining custom.

For instance, each Sunday my grandfather visited his 5 son’s houses to see his grandchildren. Every time I walked contained in the chapel of the synagogue named after my household, I knew my grandfather can be sitting within the first seat of the second row, on the left, as was his customized.

I all the time regarded ahead to Hanukkah as a result of yearly my grandfather rented the ballroom on the Kankakee Resort for our household Hanukkah celebration. He handed his traditions on to me, and I’ve handed them on to my daughters. For that cause alone, I really like the phrase “custom.” It’s an accounting of the customs and beliefs my household depends upon to this present day.

The Jewish Pageant of Lights -The Celebration of Hanukkah

Over twenty-one hundred years in the past, the land of Israel was dominated by Syrian Greeks who sought to institute their Greek tradition on the individuals of Israel. When Jews have been prohibited from working towards their very own faith, a small band of devoted Jews defeated one of many mightiest armies on earth and drove the Greeks from the land. In the end, they reclaimed the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and re-dedicated it to the service of God. The Wailing Wall within the previous metropolis of Jerusalem is the bodily stays of that temple in the present day.

Jewish households around the globe have fun the custom of Hanukkah within the month of December. The phrase “Hanukkah” in Hebrew means “dedication.” Hanukkah is a joyous and non secular vacation that celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Throughout the celebration of Hanukkah, with mother and father, grandparents and kids in tow, households gentle their menorahs each evening when the celebs seem. A menorah is a big candelabra that holds 9 candles. The central candle, or Shamash, sits both barely greater or decrease than the opposite eight candles. For eight nights in a row, the Shamash is used to ignite a further candle. By the final evening of Hanukkah, each candle is aglow.

lighting menorah for Hanukkah

We use the middle candle, the Shamash, to gentle the opposite candles of the menorah.

Hanukkah Traditions: Why Households Mild their Menorahs

After the Syrian-Greek conflict, the Jewish individuals wished to relight the Temple’s menorah to announce to the world that God makes miracles for many who stand for reality, justice, and charity (Tzedakah.) The temple’s menorah was meant to be stored burning each evening and to by no means be extinguished. Nevertheless, the Jews discovered solely a small quantity of purified olive oil…sufficient to burn for simply sooner or later. Miraculously this one-day provide of oil burned for eight days. Thus, the Pageant of Lights and the celebration of Hanukkah was born!

The Hanukkah Non secular Blessing:

Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments (the ten commandments) and commanded us to kindle the Hanukkah lights. Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who carried out miracles for our forefathers in these days, right now.

Joyous Hanukkah Traditions

The joyous a part of the Hanukkah custom can be great. I really like this time of household togetherness, sharing of enjoyable presents, and singing of songs. Many households play games-like the normal ‘dreidel’ or high sport, gentle the Chanukah candles, and eat scrumptious meals cooked in ‘oil.’ Darling, maintain studying. Under, I’ve included my recipe for one in every of my favourite conventional Hanukkah recipes, a potato latke!

This 12 months, on the primary evening of Hanukkah, our enormous and great, blended household might be separated by hundreds of miles. However none of us might be alone:  Whereas Shelly and I might be lighting our menorah, we are able to take consolation in the truth that the Arizona, Indiana, Texas, New York, Idaho, and different California clans will gentle their menorahs with their households tonight as nicely.

Throughout the celebration of Hanukkah, I can’t assist however recall the blissful reminiscences with my grandfather and huge household, celebrating Hanukkah in Kankakee by the Sea, on the Resort Kankakee, lighting the normal menorah and consuming potato lakes.

honey good cooking is Hanukkah tradition

Creating (and consuming!) scrumptious meals is one in every of my favourite Hanukkah traditions. Attempt your hand at making my Latke recipe!

Scrumptious Hanukkah Traditions

And now, Darlings, one other Hanukkah custom: A scrumptious potato latke recipe. 

A latke is a potato pancake that’s fried to a pleasing crisp and served with applesauce and bitter cream. It’s really a pleasant and scrumptious Hanukkah custom.

First, a number of professional tricks to making this conventional Hanukkah meals

  1. A starchy potato=a crispy latke. Purchase russet potatoes.
  2. Use a field grater to grate the potato and onions, NOT a Cuisinart.
  3. As you grate the potato, place it instantly in a big bowl of ice water to maintain the potato from turning brown.
  4. After grating, squeeze the water fully out of the potatoes. That is key!
  5. Use solely egg whites, not egg yolks. Yolks make the latke cakey in texture.
  6. Don’t use cheap oil. Olive oil is the most effective and offers a greater taste.
  7. Do a sizzle check in your pan with a half-inch of oil. When a shred of potato instantly sizzles, the pan is prepared for cooking.
  8. Don’t freeze or refrigerate latkes.
  9. In the event you make them within the morning, place the latkes in a baking pan in your oven on excessive for a number of moments to warmth them. 
  10. Be ready!

My Particular Latke Recipe

Makes 20 Latkes


  • 2 kilos of russet potatoes, peeled, grated and positioned in a big bowl of ice water.
  • 1 giant yellow onion, peeled and grated.
  • 2-3 egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon potato starch
  • ¼ cup of all-purpose flour plus as much as 2 tablespoons
  • Further virgin olive oil for frying


  • Drain your potatoes and switch them to a big kitchen towel.
  • Squeeze out all moisture, ensuring potatoes are fully dry.
  • Switch potatoes to mixing bowl.
  • Squeeze the grated onions in the identical towel till all moisture is gone. Switch the potatoes and onions to a bowl.
  • In one other giant bowl mix the egg whites, salt, pepper, potato starch and flour and blend totally. Add extra flour if obligatory, to kind a batter that’s free however nonetheless holds collectively.
  • In a big skillet over medium warmth, warmth about ½ inch of oil till a shred of potato dropped into the oil instantly sizzles.
  • Drop latke batter (2 tablespoons per latke) into oil and flatten the latkes barely with the again of a spoon. Flip the latke as soon as till browned 1 to 2 minutes per facet.
  • Use a slotted spatula to switch latkes to a platter lined with paper towels.
  • Serve instantly with applesauce and bitter cream.

Darlings, Joyful Hanukkah and Merry Christmas! This recipe is for everybody to get pleasure from, whether or not your loved ones custom contains the celebration of Hanukkah, or not. I want all my readers and your households a really blissful Hanukkah!

What particular Hanukkah traditions does your loved ones embody in your celebrations? I’d love to listen to about it!



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