Hanukkah Food

Why Do We Eat Latkes on Hanukkah?

These delicious pancakes celebrate the miracle of the oil — but potatoes are a relatively newfangled tradition.

Hanukkah 2020

In 2020, the first night of Hanukkah is Thursday, December 10.

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Summary

In this Torah portion, God tells Jacob to return home. Worried that his brother Esau will kill him, Jacob divides his clan into two camps, so at least some will survive in case of a fight. Jacob sleeps alone in the desert and is awoken by an angel who wrestles him through the night. Jacob survives and is blessed by the angel and renamed Israel. Jacob meets his brother and, surprisingly, they embrace. Dinah, Jacob’s daughter, is raped by Shekhem, who then proposes to Jacob that he marry her. Shimeon and Levi brutally murder Shekhem and his clan. Rachel has another child, whom she and Jacob name Benjamin.

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HAFTARAH SUMMARY

Parashat Vayishlach

Genesis 32:4 - 36:43

Obadiah 1:1 - 1:21

Parashat Vayishlach: Honoring the Best of Jacob

This Torah portion interperses multiple momentous encounters with the divine realm with a series of fraught incidents between humans.

Videos

How to Light the Hanukkah Menorah

The traditional blessings and procedures for lighting the Hanukkah candles.

How to Play Dreidel

Learn how to play this Hanukkah game with our video and written instructions.

How to Make Perfect Latkes for Hanukkah

Our video shows you exactly how to make them crispy and golden.

Recipes

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How to Make Perfect Latkes for Hanukkah

Our video shows you exactly how to make them crispy and golden.

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