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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue #9 December 21, 2011

The Obama administration’s holiday reception season was in full swing. And so began the fastidious frenzy to make the White House’s kitchen kosher last week, a nearly four-hour drill that started at 10 p.m. Wednesday. A deadline approached: a truckload of kosher food was due Thursday at 10 a.m. Chabad-Lubavitch Chassidim around the world launched [...]

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Koshering the White House Kitchen

First, spritz the kitchen’s stainless steel counters with disinfectant. Scrub vigorously. Next, wrap counters in tinfoil, tight, tight, tight. Now stretch plastic wrap over the foil and seal with masking tape. Then repeat for every surface that could possibly come into contact with food — yes, even the hanging pot rack. And so began the [...]

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Hanukkah Safety in the Kitchen

Hanukkah is a time when people are busy preparing foods for Hanukkah. Here are a few safety tips as you cook your favorite Hanukkah meals: Make sure that your kitchen is free from all fire hazards like kitchen curtain, candles, matches, paper goods and dish towels. Never leave your stove unattended when cooking. Keep hot [...]

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Corn Latkes for Hanukkah

Hanukkah will never be complete without latkes.  Hanukkah celebrates the miracle of the oil that burned for eight days. Because of this, most of the foods prepared for Hanukkah are fried. Here’s a latke recipe that kids are sure to love. For this recipe, you need two beaten eggs, a cup of fresh milk or [...]

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Hanukkah and Generosity

Hanukkah is a time of giving. It is during this time of the year that we give gifts to friends and share our blessings to our favorite charity. You don’t have to go far if you want to show generosity and share your blessings this holiday season. You can start your good deed within your [...]

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Low-Fat Latkes for Hanukkah

Click to Enlarge Serving fried food during Hanukkah has been part of Jewish tradition. It is during this time of the year that we cook latkes, sufganiyot, fritters and other Hanukkah foods. Here’s a simple latke recipe that’s low-fat for those who want to stay healthy this Hanukkah. For this recipe you will need 4 [...]

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Hanukkah is family time!

Hanukkah is one of the widely celebrated Jewish holidays in the world. Hanukkah is a time to spend time with the family. This Jewish holiday is also a time to share your blessings and to show generosity. Hanukkah is a great time to show people you love the most how important they are to you.  [...]

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Eating Jewish: Corn Latkes

Eating Jewish: Corn Latkes

Any excuse to eat fried foods is a good thing in my books. Fried foods are my weakness, something I just can’t help myself from eating despite knowing that the outcome will usually involve an unhappy stomach and a lot of sparkling water to try to make myself feel better. If there’s anything fried on [...]

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Have a Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas!

Hanukkah is celebrated by Jews. Christmas is celebrated by Christians. But what about interfaith families? Combining holiday traditions is a fun way to celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas. This is a good way to unite family members of different religious traditions. Decorate both for Christmas and Hanukkah. Prepare the Hanukkah menorah and light it during the [...]

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Creamy Broccoli and Mushroom Pie for Hanukkah

Hanukkah is celebrated with festive meals shared by families and friends. Traditional Hanukkah foods like latkes and sufganiyot are always present in our Hanukkah table. In addition to these traditional foods we can also serve a creamy Hanukkah broccoli and mushroom pie. Preparing for this delicious treat is easy and simple. Here’s how: To make [...]

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Marshmallow Dreidel for Hanukkah

Playing the dreidel game is a popular tradition during Hanukkah. This popular Jewish game is usually played during Hanukkah nights as a way to acknowledge our Jewish beginnings. Make your dreidel games more fun by using marshmallows dreidels. For this project, you will need pretzel sticks, big marshmallows, sugar icing, candy sprinkles, chocolate chips and [...]

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Introduce Hanukkah into Your Classroom

The month of December is generally related to the Christian celebration of Christmas. Probably because of the large population of Christians in the world, Hanukkah celebrations especially in Canada and the United States often involve Christmas traditions. Many rabbis argue that incorporating Christmas practices into the celebration of Hanukkah give many Jews confusion on why [...]

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How to Observe the First Night of Hanukkah

For many Jewish families, the first night of Hanukkah is the most important one. The first night of Hanukkah opens the entire eight-day celebration. Celebrate the first night of Hanukkah by preparing Jewish traditional foods, lighting the Hanukkah menorah, saying special prayers, and exchanging gifts. Jewish games like the dreidel and the Hanukkah gelt hunt [...]

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Hanukkah Traditional Foods

Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights is a special holiday to many Jews around the world. It is a festive holiday celebrated with a sumptuous family dinner. Foods prepared during Hanukkah are usually fried to commemorate the miracle of the oil lamp that burned for eight days in the Temple when it had [...]

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Quick and Easy to Make Hanukkah Dough Balls

Celebrate Hanukkah with these special dough balls that your family is sure to enjoy. Serve it together with other traditional foods of the season like latkes, sufganiyot, blintzes and fritters. Here’s an easy to make Hanukkah dough ball recipe: Prepare the following for this dough ball recipe: a cup of apple juice, four ounces of [...]

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Hanukkah: Remembering the Past

The annual festival of the Jewish people Hanukkah, also known as the festival of lights, is one of the most awaited and popular events in the Jewish culture. The festival is celebrated for eight straight days in December or late November as per the Gregorian calendar which begins on 25th of the month of Kislev, [...]

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Jewish heroine of Hanukkah

Aside from the story of Judah Maccabees, the rededication of the temple and the miracle of the oil, a lesser known story tell of charming and beautiful widow, Judith. She was the daughter of Yochanan the High Priest, father of the Hasmonean family who saved her village town of Bethulia, in the land of Judea [...]

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Hanukkah Traditions

Hanukkah is a great Jewish religious event and it gets a lot of attention, especially because of its timing around Christmas season. Hard to believe, even with its popularity, Hanukkah is one of the less important holidays in the Jewish calendar, but nonetheless, it’s still a significant time of year, where it is associated with [...]

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Cheese Blintzes for Hanukkah

The feast of Hanukkah commemorates the miracle of the oil menorah which lasted for 8 days when there was only enough fuel to last for a day. As part of this commemoration, fried foods are served during Hanukkah. Popular fried dishes served during the holiday include latkes, doughnuts and blintzes. Cheese blintzes are favorite treats [...]

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Celebrating Hanukkah in Israel

Although Hanukkah is not a major holiday in Israel, it is still one of the most celebrated Jewish holidays. Many of the Hanukkah activities done elsewhere in the world are also observed in Israel – lighting the Hanukkah menorah, reciting prayers, eating latkes and doughnuts, attending parties. Light your menorah and put in the window [...]

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Fritters for Hanukkah

Eating foods cooked in oil is a Jewish tradition during Hanukkah. This is done to pay homage to the miracle of the lamp oil that lasted for eight days when there was only enough fuel to last for a night. Latkes are the most common food that symbolizes the holiday but there are other foods [...]

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Safety Tips in Celebrating Hanukkah

Hanukkah is a time to celebrate with family and friends. It is during this time that we shop for gifts, light menorahs; entertain guests, host parties, and cook special foods for the holidays. Despite the excitement that the holiday rush may give you, it is very important to always practice safety during this busy time [...]

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How Hanukkah Came About

Chanukah or Hanukkah is one of the biggest Jewish celebrations. It celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in the 2nd century BCE. Chanukah is celebrated for eight days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev based on the Hebrew calendar. This is around November to December on the Gregorian calendar).  The Hebrew [...]

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Hanukkah: Festival of lights

Festival of lights. This holiday literally lights up every Jewish household all over the world who is celebrating Hanukkah. Celebrated for eight days, this 2,000 years old holiday commemorates the victory of Judah Maccabees over King Antiochus IV of Syria 2000 years ago and the reclamation and rededication of the Holy Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. [...]

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The “Jewish Christmas” Dilemma – Understanding the Significance of Hanukkah

Oftentimes, Hanukkah is associated with the celebration of Christmas. Many believe that Hanukkah and Christmas are two similar celebrations mainly because they are celebrated at almost the same time and because Hanukkah is called the Festival of Light. Some Jewish parents are tempted to turn Hanukkah into a holiday that’s similar to Christmas. This can [...]

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Simple Rugelach Recipe for Hanukkah

Along with latkes and sufganiot, Rugelach is a traditional dish prepared during Hanukkah. Rugelach or ‘little twist’ are buns originally made by Jewish people in Poland. There are numerous ways to bake a rugelach. Its dough is made up of sour cream or cream cheese. The filling can vary from jam, chocolate, raisins and nuts. [...]

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Tips on Hosting a Great Hanukkah Party

Hanukkah is the perfect time to host a party for your family and friends.  People gather during this time of the year to enjoy the festive meal, exchange gifts, recite blessings and to light the Hanukkah Menorah. Hosting a Hanukkah party is as easy as 1..2..3.. with these party planning tips. Hanukkah is a celebration [...]

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How to Observe Hanukkah Traditions

Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights has a number of traditions observed by Jews. These traditions add more meaning to the celebration of Hanukkah. A Menorah is lit on every night of Hanukkah in remembrance of the ancient Jews’ victory over the Syrians. Light the Shamash (center candle) on the first night of [...]

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Hanukkah (Chanukah)

When most people think of Jewish holidays, Hanukkah (Chanukah) is the first holiday that comes to mind. In reality, this holiday is not religious and is probably one of the least important Jewish celebrations. Its popularity, no doubt, comes from being so close to the Christian celebration of Christmas on the calendar. Regardless, many Jewish [...]

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The History of Chanukah

The history of Chanukah, otherwise known as Hanukkah dates back more than 2,000 years ago, where the Jewish people were living under the oppressive regime of the Syrian ruler Antiochus Ephipanes IV. Antiochus IV was the successor of Seleucus one of the Generals of Alexander the Great. Antiochus IV was rather the opposite of Alexander [...]

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