Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Sophie HaGirafa celebrates Hannukah, the Festival of Lights

December 1st at sundown...
  • we are going to light the first candle of 8,
  • We are going to eat some "soufganiot",  Berliners, doughnuts specially made for the celebration... I think the very best looking ones are made by the bakery and cafe Roladin. Click here for pictures of those yummy cakes,
  • We are going to eat Latkes. It is a potato pancake that is also 'miam miam" as we say in French... Very simple to make, see the recipe by clicking!
  • and we are going to exchange gifts and simply be together!

I think this is one of my favourite festivals mostly because of the simplicity of the foods and the candles. Candles always create a magical atmosphere. I am a big fan of candles. Friends who come over can attest to it ^__^

I can imagine you thinking "well well well, what a fattening celebration !! So much oily food!" ... and you would be absolutely right! Oil is the keyword of Hannukah.

Hannukah is the commemoration of a miracle that Jews believe occurred in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in the 2nd century B.C. When the Jews first returned to the  Temple after defeating Hellenist Syrians who had made it illegal for Jews to worship, they found only enough oil to light the temple's menorah for one day. Miraculously, the flame remained lit for eight days and nights, giving them enough time to find more oil to sustain the fire. Hanukkah is about the survival of the Jewish spirit. As such Hanukkah could be a universal celebration for all of us who are not accepted by others. Never lose your spirit...

Hanukkah חנוכה in modern Hebrew means "Inauguration" and we recreate the miracle of the temple's menorah by lighting candles and eating food cooked in oil!

Happy Festival of Lights everyone!

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