|Traditional food for Hanukkah is sweet, fried, and loaded with cheese.
Loukoumades are deep-fried puffs dipped in honey or sugar to represent the cakes the Maccabees ate, along with Soofganiyot (also Sufganiyot) and zelebi. Pancakes, another traditional dish, are served as a reminder of the food hurriedly prepared for the Maccabees as they went into battle. The oil they are fried in reminds us of the miracle of the oil that lasted eight days when there was enough to last only one. Latkes, tradition says, are symbolic of the cheesecakes served by the widow Judith mentioned above. Today potato and vegetable latkes are the most common.
Traditional Hanukkah Songs
MI Y’malel is one of my two favorites. It’s English lyrics are:
Who can retell the things that befell us,
Maoz Tzur (Rock of Ages) is my second favorite Hanukkah song. It’s English lyrics are:
Rock of Ages let our song,
Furious they assailed us,
In closing, allow me to impart some final thoughts. Remember that traditions are not evil of themselves. They can enrich our lives, so long as our traditions do not conflict with what the TORAH teaches. And if you decide to celebrate Hanukkah, don’t do what many secular Jews started doing about forty years ago, and turn it into a Jewish form of Christmas. The so called Hanukkah bush (an artificial white Christmas tree decorated in blue) is just as Pagan as a green Christmas tree decked with silver and gold.
Hanukkah commemorates rededication of YHVH’s temple. For now we are His only Temple. And as such, we are blessed to house in our very bodies His Ruach ha Kodesh (Holy Spirit). So as we prepare to celebrate the Rededication of the second Temple, if you are still worshiping YHVH the way Pagans worshiped their sun-gods, STOP! Repent! Rededicate your temple! May the flame of Yeshua blaze brightly in you this and every Hanukkah!