Hanukkah (Festival of Lights) is an eight-day festival celebrating the rededication of the Second Temple following the Maccabean Revolt. It is celebrated by lighting the hanukkiah or the nine-branched menorah every night, reciting special prayers and enjoying fried food. This feast falls during the cold, dark months of winter, so what’s better than a heartyContinue Reading »
Sukkot is a week-long festival centered around rejoicing and thanksgiving in God’s protection and provision. The feast is synonymous with building a sukkah (or sukkot for plural), a hut-like structure that serves as a reminder of the flimsy shelters the Israelites lived in during their 40 years in the desert following the Exodus from Egypt.Continue Reading »
Rosh HaShanah or the Jewish New Year is a two-day holiday celebrating the start of a new year on the biblical calendar. The festival falls on the first day of Tishrei, the seventh biblical month, which is usually in September or October on the Gregorian calendar. It is the first of the High HolidaysContinue Reading »
Picture yourself on a scorching day in Israel, yearning for a refreshing, tangy and sweet drink to quench your thirst. Enter Limonana, a beloved beverage among locals and tourists alike. Its name is derived from the Hebrew words for lemon (limon) and mint (nana). As you take the first sip, the combination of the lemon’sContinue Reading »
On the night of Passover, families and friends will sit down to a table groaning with tasty treats for the seder (Passover ritual meal). Each of these dishes will have one thing in common. Regardless of whether it is sweet or savory, hot or cold, starter, main or dessert, every single dish will be freeContinue Reading »
In February, Israel celebrates Tu BiShvat, a holiday known as the new year for the fruits of the trees. Leviticus 19:23–25 prohibits eating fruit from trees during the first three years. In the fourth year, the fruit yield belongs to God. Only from the fifth year is the fruit for the enjoyment of the people.Continue Reading »
The kugel is a firm Jewish favorite that will have a place of honor at most Sabbath meals and traditional holiday tables. Described as a casserole or a pudding, the kugel had its humble beginnings 800 years ago in southern Germany and soon became a staple among Jewish families in Eastern Europe. Originally served inContinue Reading »
Shawarma features high on the list of Israel’s favorite fast foods—and for good reason. This meal-on-the-go features juicy morsels of meat stuffed into a warm pita or flatbread, topped with crispy French fries, salad and sauces to taste, making for the perfect marriage of flavors and textures. You’ll find a stand or a shop sellingContinue Reading »
Nearly every biblical feast in Israel comes with its own food-related traditions. Some holidays call for abstinence from a food group, while others command fasting altogether. Then there are those that invite you to indulge in special delicacies. Shavuot falls in the latter category. On the Feast of Weeks, Israelis dine on all kinds ofContinue Reading »
For the seven days of Passover, leaven is a big no-no in nearly every home in Israel. In the absence of everyday staples like pasta and bread, Jewish people have become quite creative at adjusting favorite recipes by substituting leaven with matzah (unleavened bread). This colorful vegetable lasagna does just that, forgoing the pasta inContinue Reading »
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