5 traditional Hanukkah foods

Jennifer Lee Preyss By Jennifer Lee Preyss

Dec. 16, 2011 at 6:16 a.m.

Hanukkah begins at sundown Tuesday in Jewish homes around the globe. Also known as the Festival of Lights, the eight-day, eight-night celebration of menorah-lighting and dreidel-spinning celebrates the Maccabean rebellion against Syrian-Greek King Antiochus IV Epiphanes in second century B.C. Antiochus was responsible for seizing the Jewish temple and dedicating it to the worship of Zeus - making the practice of Judaism punishable by death. A year after the seizure, Jewish troops regained control of their temple and attempted to purify it by burning oil in the menorah for eight days. Though they only had one day's worth of oil, it burned for eight days. Hanukkah celebrates the miracle of the burning oil. During Hanukkah, Jewish families spend the days in prayer, lighting the menorah (or in Hebrew, the hanukkiyah), exchanging gifts, money and munching on Jewish fare prepared in oil. Here's five traditional Jewish foods served during Hanukkah.



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