What is Hanukkah?
( December 12-20, 2017 | December 2-10, 2018 )

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Fry Up Something New for Hanukkah

Made with lamb and leeks, savory ‘kiftes’ bring a taste of Macedonia to your holiday table

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You Love Latkes. You Love Brisket. For Hanukkah, Put Your Two Loves Together.

Make a moist brisket, then shred it and add it to your potato pancakes. It’s not what my grandmother used to make. It’s better.

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Give Your Latkes a Taste of Texas

Hold the applesauce and skip the sour cream. Grab some pico de gallo and wrap your Hanukkah treats in a breakfast taco instead.

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How To Make the Ultimate Sufganiyot—Israeli Jelly Doughnuts—for Hanukkah

Video: Make your own miracle of oil by frying up a batch of sugar-coated treats stuffed with apricot jam

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The Ultimate Latke

Video: How to fry up a batch of perfect potato pancakes this Hanukkah—and don’t forget the applesauce

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Gelt Without Guilt

Forget the yellow mesh bag. This Hanukkah, look for ethically produced and distributed chocolate coins.

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Savory Sufganiyot Offer a Different Taste of Hanukkah

Forget the strawberry filling or the sugary toppings. These savory pastries are stuffed with meat, or fish, or cheese. And they make everything else taste like kids’ stuff.

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A Twist on the Traditional Latke

These aren’t your grandmother’s potato pancakes

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How To Put a Syrian Spin on Your Hanukkah Feast

Make a batch of keftes—sweet-and-sour Syrian meatballs with cherries and tamarind

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Bright Spots

The best of this year’s chanukiahs, the menorahs used for Hanukkah, are beautiful, sometimes clever, and occasionally poignant

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Anander Mol, Anander Veig

Another Time, Another Way: Tablet Magazine’s Hanukkah album, remixed versions of holiday and Jewish classics

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Spin City

A visit to a Hong Kong dreidel manufacturer

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Who’s Got Hanukkah Envy?

As the Festival of Lights gains exposure in schools, stores, and public displays, even non-Jews want to take part

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The Little Girl Who Wanted a Dog for Hanukkah

Her parents didn’t want her to have a dog. Or maybe they just didn’t want her to want something they didn’t want themselves.

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Rav Yitzchok Hutner and the Meaning of Hanukkah

A poet, educator, and master of religious prose, he believed the holiday represented a watershed in Jewish history: the transition to an intellectual rabbinic Judaism

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Getting a New Perspective on Jewish Holidays—Through the Eyes of a Child

I didn’t know about the holidays until my son came home from preschool wearing a cardboard Hanukkah candle on his head

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Festival of Candles

Celebrating Hanukkah—and my grandfather’s birthday—whether behind drawn curtains in Latvia or openly in Canada

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Hanukkah Alegre!

Washington-area Sephardic Jews share traditional foods and converse in the disappearing language of their ancestors