Here's a great tip:
Enter your email address and we'll send you our weekly magazine by email with fresh, exciting and thoughtful content that will enrich your inbox and your life, week after week. And it's free.
Oh, and don't forget to like our facebook page too!
Printed from chabad.org
All Departments
Jewish Holidays
TheRebbe.org
Jewish.TV - Video
Jewish Audio
News
Kabbalah Online
JewishWoman.org
Kids Zone

Hanukkah Foods

Hanukkah Foods

Latkes, Donuts and Cheese

E-mail

Oil played a significant role in the Chanukah story—the small jug of oil that miraculously provided fuel for the Temple Menorah for eight days. It is a Jewish tradition to eat foods that reflect the significance of a holiday – such as matzah on Passover, and apple dipped in honey on Rosh Hashanah – and Chanukah is no exception. For at least the last thousand years, Jews have traditionally eaten oily foods on Chanukah.

Among the most popular Chanukah dishes are potato latkes (pancakes) and sufganiot (deep-fried doughnuts).

Actually, oil is also symbolic of the spiritual war waged by the Maccabees. See The War Is All About The Oil for more on this topic.

It is also customary to eat dairy foods on Chanukah, in commemoration of the bravery of Yehudit. Click here to read the story of this brave woman whose daring courage led to a great Maccabee victory.

Click here for traditional Chanukah recipes.

© Copyright, all rights reserved. If you enjoyed this article, we encourage you to distribute it further, provided that you comply with Chabad.org's copyright policy.
E-mail
1000 characters remaining
Email me when new comments are posted.
Sort By:
Discussion (5)
December 16, 2014
What is the source for jelly donuts as a Chanukah food?
As far as I have been able to learn, our ancestors in Europe made potato latkes for Chanukah. It seems only Israelis who perhaps couldn't get potatoes in the early years of their state decided to create a new food for the season.

is there any source for eating jelly donuts on Chanukah?
Anonymous
March 13, 2014
Hanukkah
My class is doing a project and I picked Hanukkah. I respect Jews and there customs. Plus I think the food will be very good plus they get a present each day of the lighting of the monorah.
Michael Hataway
Riverchase Middle School, Pelham, Alabama
November 28, 2011
chanukah
I always refer to your site for the Jewish holidays-the holidays are explained clearly and unencumbered. I didn't realize dairy was a traditional category of food to eat on Chanukah-is that why we use sour cream on the latkes? Keep up the great site!!!
karen
old tappan, new jersey
December 14, 2010
the food
I am doing the food of haukkah for my class. We are doing different holidays I wanted to do it cause I thought that It would be fun. I love it

but im not jewish so thats sad but the recipes look really good.

thank you !!!!!!!!!
Audrey Draper
December 2, 2010
Chanukah Information
excellently done! Thank you.
Evi Teitler
Zurich, Switzerland
Hanukkah Kids Zone
Hanukkah Recipes
Hanukkah Cards
Hanukkah Shopping
Hanukkah Tidbits
Menorah Gallery
Chanukah News
FEATURED ON CHABAD.ORG