We all SOME things about Hanukkah but what don't you know?
We know during December most people focus on Christmas, but for Jewish people Hanukkah is their biggest holiday. What do you know about Hanukkah? Here are some fun facts about this Jewish holiday.
- Hanukkah begins this year on December 12th. It kicks off an 8 day celebration which is also known as "The Festival of Lights".
- Hanukkah is Hebrew for "dedication".
- The Menorah is a candelabra that has nine candles on it representing the eight nights of the holiday. The center candle is the one that lights the other eight candles.
- Why isn't Hanukkah mentioned in the Torah? The events of Hanukkah happened after the Torah was written. It is however, cited in the New Testament.
- What is gelt? It is the Yiddish word for coins, however the interesting thing about gelt is not that it's only a few hundred year tradition but...no one knows who even started it! Nowadays, you may see chocolate "gelt" which look like chocolate coins as well.
- Dreidel was a copy of a game which was a copy of a game! The game was originally started by the Irish and English, which was then copied by Germans.
- Do you remember in 2013 when everyone was saying "Thanksgivukkah"? That was when Hanukkah and Thanksgiving were on the same day. The next time that will happen will be November 27, 2070. That is when Thanksgiving day and Hanukkah's first night will occur.
- Latkes are usually eaten during this holiday (and oh my GOSH are they good!). People eat them with sour cream, applesauce, etc. But why latkes? Potato latkes, along with other fried foods, are eaten to celebrate the oil in the menorah. To me latkes taste a lot like hash browns. Here is a great latke recipe courtesy of Simply Potatoes:
1 20oz. pkg of Simply Potatoes shredded hash browns
1/2 cup Better n Eggs
1/3 cup whole wheat flour (or all purpose flour)
1/4 cup finely grated green onion
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
In large bowl stir together Simply Potatoes, Better'n Eggs, flour, green onion, pepper, salt, and baking powder.
Heat 1 tbsp oil in a 12" nonstick skillet over medium heat.
Cook 4 latkes at a time: spread 1/4 potato mixture for each latke into 3 1/2" cirlces in skillet.
Cook 4-5 minutes turning once. Repeat with remaining potato mixture and add oil to skillet as needed.
Season with salt and pepper as desired.