PM Netanyahu lit the Chanukiah at the Kotel on the first night of Chanukah.Photo of the Day
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(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
President Reuven Rivlin tells “my dear brothers and sisters in Israel, and around the world” to let the Light of Chanukah remind them ” f the bonds that we all share, and the important role we all have of being a light unto the nations.
At Chanukah we stand around the lights, watch as they glow, and sing together Maoz Tzur, a song that tells about the many challenges that have risen against the Jewish people in the past….
It is no coincidence that the symbol of the Government of Israel is the Menorah, the symbol of Jewish independence, which lights our path.
Today, hatred, incitement, and terrorism threaten the whole world. In the face of these threats we need to be firm and strong like a rock – like Maoz Tzur – in our beliefs in freedom, justice, in the values of our tradition and of democracy….
Our thoughts at this time are of course with those who will be celebrating with a heavy heart; the injured and the families who have lost loved ones in the wave of terror that has struck in Israel, and around the world. To them especially, and to all the Jewish people, I wish a very happy Chanukah. Shalom from Jerusalem.
Below is the full video message.Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
Observant Jews cringe every year that Chanukah and Christmas overlap, leading to sacrilegious combinations of customs, but the kosher industry is losing out when the two holidays are totally separate, such as this year
Chanukah beings next Sunday night, December 6, and ends eight days later, almost two weeks before the Christians holiday.
Industry experts say that Chanukah is the third most important holiday on the Jewish calendar, following Passover and the High Holy Days, according to Kosher Today.
Some industry officials believe that the calendar is not in their favor and prefer a Chanukah date that is close to Christmas. Next year, for example the first day of Chanukah falls on Christmas eve, the reason many non-traditional kosher customers buy kosher as gifts for Jewish friends and co-workers.
A New Jersey businesswoman has launched a new initiative to encourage her fellow entrepreneurs and their customers to donate funds to help Israeli victims of terror.
Ora Assayag says she decided to launch the “Give18” campaign after watching the latest flare up of violence in Israel on TV screens and reading daily reports about the latest attacks.
Customers can automatically donate 18 percent of the price of their purchases to Operation Embrace through the Give18 campaign. Assaya, who is the founder and CEO of Ora’s Amazing Herbal, has already started the campaign in her own business.
Operation Embrace is a non-organization that supports programs and projects that help victims of terror in Israel and the United States.
“We realize that little we do or say here in America can have a direct effect on ending terrorism and bringing safety and security to the citizens of Israel, but that does not mean that we can’t lend a helping hand to those who need it most,” said Assayag. “In Hebrew, the number 18 represents life.
“We hope this effort will be noticed and implemented by other local businesses so that we as a community can help even more,” she added.
With the holidays coming up, it’s the perfect way to make a difference and do our part in helping to right the terrible wrongs taking place in Israel.”Jewish Press News Briefs