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Why do we eat donuts on Chanukah?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

  

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It is an ancient Jewish custom to eat fried/oily foods on Chanukah, since it is a Holiday that commemorates a miracle that occurred with oil; the jug of oil which naturally should have lasted only one night, lasted eight.

Jews of Ashkenazi origin traditionally eat potato latkes to fulfill this tasty custom, but Sephardic Jews eat "sufganiyot," deep-fried donuts. This custom has really caught on in Israel, where everyone, Ashkenazim and Sephardim consume loads of sufganiyot on Chanukah.

A panel of Askmoses scholars was convened to decide which of these customs is preferable. The unanimous vote declared was that in deference to the importance of this custom, it is proper for everyone to enjoy both sufganiyot and latkes through the course of the holiday.


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Chanukah
An eight day mid-winter holiday marking: 1) The miraculous defeat of the mighty Syrian-Greek armies by the undermanned Maccabis in the year 140 BCE. 2) Upon their victory, the oil in the Menorah, sufficient fuel for one night only, burned for eight days and nights.
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(pl. Ashkenazim). A Jew of Northern or Eastern European ancestry.
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(pl.) Jews of Northern or Eastern European ancestry. (singular: Ashkenazi)
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