A Little Bit of Oil Can Go a Long Way: How Jews Defeat Defeatism

Would you set out on an important road trip if you only had enough gas for the first 20 miles and no forseeable way of filling your car up for a week? If you were a Maccabee you would. I recently started wondering why the Jews decided to light the menorah with the paltry sum of oil they found. Why bother lighting an eternal light that you […]

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How to Make Miracles Happen

Chanukah and miracles. The words go together like latkes and oil. Ask most people and they can tell you about the two pivotal miracles that took place on the holiday of Chanukah: the miracle of the few over the many and the miracle of the oil which lasted eight days. What is interesting about the […]

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Who Should Light The Menorah?

Hi Jew in the City- In my family, my father lights the menorah alone, but in my friends’ family, everyone lights their own menorah. Who should light it? Sincerely, Meira   Dear Meira- Thanks for your question. The prevalent practice among Sefardic Jews is for one menorah to be lit; the prevalent practice among Ashkenazim […]

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Blindfold Deep Fried Chanukah Challenge!

Why do we only fry latkes and donuts on Chanukah? Jew in the City, Jamie Geller (Joy of Kosher), Josh Jay ( The Maccabeats) and Mendy Pellin (Jewbellish) team up to blind taste test all the other wacky, yummy, and disgusting foods you can fry!

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