Posts Tagged ‘Chanukah’
Jonathan Benedek wrote this article for TPS.
The Tri-State Region branch of the U.S. non-profit Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) arranged for hundreds of Israeli soldiers in the Givati Brigade to celebrate Chanukah a Hanukkah on their bases.
“During Hanukkah, sometimes they don’t get to go home and are instead in the field and on base,” Anat Chavkin, Director of the FIDF Connecticut/Westchester chapter, told Tazpit Press Service (TPS). “In order to bring Hanukkah to them, we try to arrange these activities to lift their morale.”
Usually, we sponsor a whole Hanukkah party for the brigade where there will be dancing. During the party, their commander will comment not only on the holiday but will share some words about the soldiers themselves to help motivate them.
We are also giving the soldiers in the brigade a lot of Sufganiyot doughnuts.
The Tri-State branch has taken the Givati Brigade under its wing through an FIDF program known as “Adopt-A-Brigade.”
“What really means a lot to them is that people from all around the world and in particular the United States think about them, share the same values with them and will always stand by them,” Chavkin added.TPS / Tazpit News Agency
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(JNi.media) Hundreds of the Bnei Menashe community from across northeastern India gathered Sunday in the town of Churachandpur in the Indian state of Manipur to light the first Hanukkah candle.
“The story of the Maccabees’ heroic determination to preserve their Jewish identity under the most trying of circumstances resonates very strongly with the Bnei Menashe, for they too have made enormous efforts down through the centuries to cling to their faith and the faith of their ancestors,” said Shavei Israel Chairman and Founder Michael Freund. “Even in far-off Manipur, the flame of Jewish survival continues to burn brightly.”
The Bnei Menashe believe they are descendants of the tribe of Manashe, one of the Ten Lost Tribes exiled from the Land of Israel more than 2,700 years ago by the Assyrian empire. So far, some 3,000 Bnei Menashe individuals have made aliyah through Shavei Israel, while another 7,000 are still in India waiting for the chance to return home to Zion.
Of course, if this tribe was exiled from Israel in 722 BCE, they do not have a historic connection to the miracle o Hanukkah of 160 BCE.
The non-profit organization Shavei Israel is currently active in more than a dozen countries and provides assistance to the communities of Bnei Menashe of India, the Bnei Anousim (referred to by the derogatory term “Marranos” by historians) in Spain, Portugal and South America, the Subbotnik Jews of Russia, the Jewish community of Kaifeng in China, and descendants of Jews living in Poland.JNi.Media
PM Netanyahu lit the Chanukiah at the Kotel on the first night of Chanukah.Photo of the Day
(JNi.media) More than 400,000 Sufganiyot (Hanukkah doughnuts) have been purchased for all the IDF soldiers during Hanukkah, with 80% filled with jam and 20% with chocolate.
The Ministry of Defense, through the multi-branch logistical purchasing unit at the department of procurement, recently issued tenders to several food manufacturers for the prestigious task of providing tens of thousands of soldiers with Hanukkah doughnuts and other holiday goods. At the conclusion of the tenders, the Defense Ministry contracted with the winners to supply the more than 400,000 Doughnuts, which will be sent to every single IDF soldier during the eight days of Chanukah.
Research showed that the soldiers prefer jam-filled doughnuts over other fillings so this year 80% of the purchase is for jelly doughnuts and 20% chocolate.
Gil Sandler, head of the food system at the Defense Ministry department of procurement said: “We all want our soldiers to experience and feel the holiday atmosphere, to have a sweet, fun Hanukkah. Our soldiers’ opinions are very important to us and therefore we make sure that it comprises a significant part of our decision making. In order to ensure that they will enjoy hot and fresh doughnuts there will be a fresh, daily supply, for the enjoyment of every soldier.”
The Defense Ministry procurement department is committed to shipping the doughnuts via the IDF food center to army bases throughout the country, from north to south.JNi.Media
The Nefesh b’Nefesh (NBN) Aliyah organization has gathered together new immigrants to Israel to taste different kinds of “sufganiyot” and decide which is the tastiest.
A few faces on the participants, filmed by NBN in the video below, also indicate which ones were the worst.
The Chanukah doughnut, which the food industry tries to fill with something new if not ridiculous every year, is by far and wide the favorite food associated with a Jewish holiday, Jews eat more matzo than sufganiyot but enjoy it a lot less.
The doughnuts, usually made from white flour, are fried in oil, filled with anything from jelly to chocolates, and just for good measure for anti-health freaks, are covered with powdered or glazed sugar.
The NBN’s sufganiyot tasters included a four-old and a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor.
The taster’ task was to compare the Israeli sufganiyot with American doughnuts and figure out how much time they have to exercise in the gym to burn off the calories.
The new Israeli taste testers were spared some varieties available in the United States, where offerings include sufganiyot filled with eggnog, sugar cookies, chocolate peppermint bark, custards, caramel, peaches n cream, with peach compote and whipped cream in the middle and orange pumpkin buttercream.
Our award for the zaniest goes to blogger “WhatJewWannaEat.” Are you ready?
Chicken liver mousse.Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu