What is Hanukkah?
( December 24, 2016-January 1, 2017 | December 12-20, 2017 )

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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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A Moroccan Feast for Hanukkah: Hold the Latkes

From chicken fritters to honey-drizzled fried dough, a Moroccan menu gives the holiday a unique flavor

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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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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