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09 December 2009 @ 05:49 pm
Hanukkah 2009  
The Hanukkah story began in 167 BC, when the Syrian-Greek king Antiochus began his campaign to destroy the religious and ethnic identity of the Jewish people living under his control. His plan of action: to pillage the country and defile the holiest place to the Jewish people -- the Great Temple in Jerusalem -- by setting up a statue of Zeus and ordering pig sacrifices on the altar.

But the edicts only served to reinforce the people's religious conviction. In the village of Modi'in, on the outskirts of Jerusalem, the priest Mattathias, or Matityahu, and his five sons founded the intrepid Maccabee warriors, who liberated Jerusalem in 165 BC.

The first thing the Maccabees did was to scour and rededicate the Great Temple, but when they sought to rekindle the menorah at the sanctuary's entrance, there was just a small cruse of purified olive oil to be found -- enough to burn for a single day. And then, according to legend, a miracle happened -- instead of one day, the holy oil burned for eight days and nights, just enough time to pick and press fresh olives for oil and bring it to Jerusalem.

Sometimes the L.A. Times is just plain awesome. ♥ Today's one of these days because they have a food guide for Hanukkah. I am so going to gain weight if we actually manage to make some of it. >_<

Clicking on from that article, I found my favourite Classic potato latkes recipe. My grandma was a pro when it came to these and I truely miss her cooking. Mom's and mine always look kinda fizzled...

For those who don't know latkes, check out Latkes: The soul of Hanukkah culinary tradition from last year. You are truely missing something out. *nods*

So, even if we don't cook the other stuff, we will make latkes. :D
Gwen Cooperalien_catcher on December 9th, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
Laaaatkeeeessss! *noms*

My mother makes fantabulous latkes. Which is ironic, because it's my dad that is Jewish. lol

Thanks for posting this! Going to see if I can make some stuff too! We live super far away from the Jewish side of the family, so it's always up to me and my mum to keep the family traditions alive!
Mercy: [Torchwood] Jack/Gwen - promomercscilla on December 10th, 2009 09:28 pm (UTC)
The YUM!

My mother makes fantabulous latkes. Which is ironic, because it's my dad that is Jewish. lol

*rotfl* Can your dad cook? If not, it's not bad at all that your mom makes them. xD

You're welcome! I'm a bit too lazy to check out the book stores, so it's always great to find stuff online. :)
purple_shoes on December 12th, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
He can, actually, just mum's always been the one that takes over that kind of thing. The only Jewish holiday we regularly celebrate is Chanukah, and it's always been a sort of "for the kids" thing, so since mum was the one at home when we were small it sort of ended with her and me spearheading it. The only other things we've ever done are Passover, and that's always been with the Jewish side or Jewish friends in town. I suspect he could do some good holiday cooking it he was bothered to, lol!

Happy Chanukah, darling!
purple_shoes on December 12th, 2009 07:41 pm (UTC)
PS - So sorry, I didn't even realize I was logged into my Gwen RP account when I replied to that!! I need to pay better attention, lmao!
shigeki_jkp: Alton Onion Ringsshigeki_jkp on December 9th, 2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
Ya know for a nice half jewish boy I don't make latkes very much. I think I've made them once in my life. I make lotsa matza brie aka Fried Matzah in my mouse.
Mercy: [SG1] Sam - yum!mercscilla on December 10th, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
Once is enough. :D At least you know them, unlike other people.

I make lotsa matza brie aka Fried Matzah

Ohhh, we should do that, too. Gah, I want to make so much but there's not much time. *sigh*
shigeki_jkp: Chicken good eats Altonshigeki_jkp on December 12th, 2009 11:29 pm (UTC)
No it ain't I want more potatoes XD! But yeah that's fun as well ^_^;

I know how ya feel There really ain't much time sadly :-\

Incidentally i put up a "thing" for Chanukkah on my lj
Mercy: [Stock] Starmercscilla on December 13th, 2009 09:12 am (UTC)
I think mom and I made so manye we could feed oue whole street... at least they're going to be nonperishable in our super-cold fridge.

There really ain't much time sadly :-\

It's frustrating. This year went even faster by than the last and I already tries to "slow" down. :(

HA, that is brilliant! :D