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Last Updated on November 5, 2021

Kosher Recipes for the Jewish Holidays and Festivals

Here is a selection of kosher recipes for the Jewish holidays and festivals. We hope you enjoy them.

Hanukah – Festival of Lights

Hanukkah is an 8 day festival that commemorates the victory of the Maccabees over Hellenistic rule.  It celebrates the re-capture and re-dedication of the Temple. Only enough oil for a single day, was found.  Miraculously the oil burnt for 8 days.  It is traditional to eat food that have been deep fried – latkes, fritters and jam doughnuts. More

Rosh HaShanah – Jewish New Year

Rosh Hashanah – the Jewish New Year – it is also known as the Day of Remembrance or Day of the Sounding the Shofar (ram’s horn) and is celebrated in the month of Tishrei when Jews believe that the world was created and on the day when G-d created Man – the last and most precious creation. It is traditional to eat sweet things – symbolic of a sweet year. More…

Sukkot – Feast of Tabernacles

Sukkot the Feast of Tabernacles commemorates the period when the Israelites wandered in the wilderness and slept in tabernacles.  Sukkot is a harvest festival.  In ancient times it was the duty of all Israelites to go up to the Temple in Jerusalem.  They would bring with them baskets of fruit and other delicacies.  We commemorate this by eating similar kinds of food.  This recipe for a date and nut pudding, originates from Eastern Europe. More...

Tu B’Shevat – New Year for Trees

Tu B’Shevat The 15th of Shevat on the Jewish calendar marks the beginning of a “New Year for Trees.” This is the season in which the earliest-blooming trees in the Land of Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle.

We mark Tu B’Shevat by eating fruit, particularly mentioned in the Torah; grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates. Preserved citron (left over from Sukkot), kumquats, dried papaya and kiwi are just some of the more exotic dried fruits that Israelis enjoy eating at this time.  Pecans, cashews and pistachios are just some of the nuts that will grace a table. More…

Purim

Purim is celebrated on the 14th day of Adar.  It is the Jewish holiday that commemorates the deliverance of the Persian Jews from the plot of the evil Haman to exterminate them, as recorded in the biblical Book of Esther.  More…

Yom Ha’atzmaut – Israel’s Independence Day

Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day) is celebrated on the 6th day of the month of Iyar.   The day before, Israelis mourn all those heroes that fell in the defense of the country.  This solemn and somber day officially comes to an end at 8pm.  The country then turns its mood and attention to the celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut.  An official celebration is held in the capital and hundreds of other are held in the cities, towns, moshavim and kibbutzim all over the country. More…

Pesach – Passover

Pesach is an 8 day festival it is celebrated in the spring, from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan – which corresponds to the 30th March to the 5th April, 2010. It commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. By following the rituals of Passover, we have the ability to relive and experience the true freedom that our ancestors gained. More… 

Shavuot – The Festival of Weeks

Shavuot, is celebrated on the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Sivan (corresponding to May 18th/19th 2010) . It marks the conclusion of the Counting of the Omer as well the day the Torah was given at Mount Sinai. It is one of the three Biblical pilgrimage festivals (shalosh regalim) during which we are supposed to go up to Jerusalem.  It is traditional to eat dairy products on Shavuot.  One of the reasons for this is; when  the Jewish people received the Torah at Mount Sinai, included were special instructions for slaughtering  and preparing meat for eating. Until then, the Jews had not followed these laws, thus all their meat and utensils were  “not kosher.” The only alternative was to eat dairy, which required no advance preparation. More…

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