Happy Hanukkah from LoveIsrael.com!
It is the Hanukkah season, which can only mean one thing… latkes! Okay, so maybe it also is a time to remember the reason for the season, and that is definitely due to the awesome God that we serve and how His miracles never cease to amaze us. Hanukkah is a story about the Jewish people and their ability to rise above religious oppression and come out on top. During the time of Maccabees, after the Jewish people reclaimed the temple in Jerusalem, they had only found enough oil to light the menorah for one night. This was a problem because in order to make new, sanctified oil, the process would take eight days. Well, they went ahead and lit the menorah, and what do you know? The menorah stayed lit for EIGHT nights, just in time for the new oil to be made and ready for use. This is why we celebrate Hanukkah today by making delicious foods like latkes or doughnuts by frying them in oil. The cooking oil helps remind us of the miracles that God had performed that night.
Not only does Hanukkah remind us of the victory over pagan rule, but it also reminds us of how delicious potato latkes and doughnuts can be, all of course while lighting the menorah, playing dreidel, and singing songs with gold chocolate coins for the kids. Potato latkes are THE food that happens on Hanukkah. Well, you’re wondering, what are latkes? Well, let me explain. These are the best hash browns/pancakes you will ever eat.
To prepare them, you peel and shred potatoes into a bowl, then add spices of your liking (salt, pepper, dill, etc.), some flour and egg, and then you plop a spoonful onto a heated skillet filled with oil to fry. Latkes are potato pancakes, and they are delicious.
Olive oil has so much meaning and uses that are found throughout the Bible. It was not regular soy or vegetable oil that Judah and the Maccabees used to light the menorah with, it was the olive from the olive trees that have been growing in Israel since the time of Adam and Eve! Did you know that Hanukkah occurs during the end of the olive harvest? No wonder oil is in abundance!
As we get closer to that special season, we are inviting you to participate in our celebrations of Hanukkah. One way to participate is to claim your part of this inheritance and plant an olive tree in Israel with your name. LoveIsrael.com is partnering with Israeli farmers who grow olive trees in northern Galilee, right next to the Sea of Galilee. By planting a tree in Israel today, you will receive pure virgin olive oil pressed from that same grove.
Have a wonderful Hanukkah this year and blessings to you from Jerusalem!