Saturday, December 8, 2012
Temptation to switch is the real story of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.
Would you switch from Coke to Pepsi? What about changing your driving habits to reduce carbon emissions? Would you Occupy Wall Street? Would you change your religion? Temptation to switch is the real story of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, which begins this year on Sat., Dec 8 at sundown, and lasts for eight days. It’s relevant today as a way to think about what we’re willing to give up. How much pop culture can we accept into our lives, and how much of our tradition (be it Indian, Catholic or Jewish) do we want to preserve? Pressure to conform Some 2,000 years ago, Greeks dominated the world from Western Europe to India and imposed their cultural philosophy, “Hellenism,” on their subjects. Greek culture, language and philosophy were …
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Get the Fairmount Temple recipes and vote in our poll!
Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple was gracious enough to share its latke recipe with Patch. (Thanks a latke!) Get out the oil and give them a try. Think yours beat these? Give us your own recipes in the comments, and don't forget to weigh in on our poll. CRISP POTATO LATKES Grate potatoes and onion. Beat eggs well, add to potatoes. Add salt and flour. Mix well. Fry in frying pan in deep fat, dropping from tablespoon. Turn only when underside is golden brown. Fry on second side. Makes about 18 pancakes. Delicious with apple sauce or sour cream! From Tastes of Judaism: Fairmount Temple Cookbook, which you can order here. Republished with permission.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Hanukkah begins at sunset on Tuesday.
Happy Hanukkah! The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah marks the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after a successful battle won by Judah Maccabee against the Greek and Syrian armies around 165 B.C. During the time of rededication, miraculously, a single day's supply of oil burned for eight days. Today the Hanukkah menorah has nine branches and commemorates that event as each of the eight candles are lit every day of the holiday and the ninth candle, called the shamash, is used to light each of them. It's a holiday that brought Jewish families together for prayer, music, singing, games, gift-giving and traditional foods. Here are a few fun Hanukkah facts: • If you're enjoying potato latkes for the holiday, it's likely they came from one of …