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Recipe: Latkes – traditional fried potato pancakes

Potato pancakes are shallow-fried pancakes of grated or ground potato, flour and egg, often flavored with grated onion or garlic and seasoning. Potato pancakes may be topped with a variety of condiments, ranging from the savory (such as sour cream or cottage cheese) to the sweet (such as apple sauce or sugar), or they may be served ungarnished. Potato pancakes are sometimes made from mashed potatoes to produce pancake-shaped croquettes.

Fried food is traditionally eaten on Hanukkah in commemoration of the oil that miraculously burned for eight days when the Maccabees purified and rededicated the holy Temple in Jerusalem. Fried Potato Pancakes (called Latkes in Yiddish and Levivot in Hebrew) are the hands-down, mouth-open holiday favorite.

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Potato Latkes
Prep time: ca 30 minutes
Portion size: 10 to 12 latkes
5 big potatoes
1 big or 2 little onions
5 eggs
1 teaspoon salt & a dash of pepper
between 1/4 to 3/4 cup matzo meal or all-purpose flour
oil for frying

Peeler or knife, grater, mixing bowl, frying pan, spatula, wooden spoon
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Peel potatoes and onion and grate potatoes and onion into a large bowl. Crack eggs into a glass (check to make sure there are no blood spots!). Add egg, salt and pepper to the potato and onion mixture, and use a wooden spoon to
mix it up! Pour enough oil into the frying pan to cover
the bottom of the pan. Use a large spoon to carefully place spoonfuls
of batter into the pan.  Let the latkes fry for about 5-10 minutes on a
medium flame.

✡ Blessing: Baruch Atoh Ado-nai Elo-heinu Melech Ha-olam Borei P’ri Ha’adoma.

Драники (картофельные оладьи)

картофель – 5 шт (600-700 г),
лук репчатый – 1-2 шт,
яйцо- 5 шт,
мука – 2 столовых ложки,
растительное масло,
соль, свежемолотый перец

Картофель вымыть, очистить и ополоснуть водой. Лук очистить. Картофель и лук натереть на мелкой терке. ( Лук не только делает драники более вкусными и пышными, но и препятствует потемнению картофельной массы.) Добавить в картофельную массу яйцо, муку, соль и свежемолотый перец.

На сковороде разогреть немного растительного масла и выложить картофельную массу в виде небольших лепешек. Обжарить драники, на среднем огне, до румяности. Перевернуть и обжарить с другой стороны, до готовности.

Драники готовятся быстро, их достаточно обжарить с двух сторон до румяной корочки и они за это время полностью прожарятся. Но, по желанию, можно их дополнительно немного потушить под крышкой, добавив немного воды.

Latkes de patata
Los latkes o tortitas de patata son el plato tradicional de la janucá de los judíos del este de Europa. Pero la janucá no está en la papa sino en el aceite en el que se fríen. Cuando el templo de Jerusalén fue recapturado y consagrado nuevamente por los Macabeos, sólo quedaba aceite para una noche para mantener encendida la luz del templo. Milagrosamente, sin embargo, el aceite duró ocho noches o el tiempo suficiente para conseguir más aceite. Ese es el milagro de la Janucá. Esto hace alrededor de dos docenas de latkes pequeños.

Ingredientes principales para las tortitas de patata:
600-700 g de patatas
5 Huevos
Sal, Pimienta negra
2 Cebollas
8 cucharadas de harina
Aceite de oliva

1. Ralla las patatas y la cebolla. Las débiles pueden usar un procesador de alimentos.
2. Mezcla las patatas ralladas y la cebolla, el huevo batido, la sal y la pimienta y la harina de matzá o harina en un bol.
3. Calienta una sartén a fuego mediano.
4. Cubre la sartén con 1 o 2 cucharadas de aceite.
5. Prepara tortas pequeñas con la mezcla de patata, 2 a 3 cucharadas de patata por torta. No las hagas muy grandes, ya que es más fácil darlas vuelta cuando son pequeñas.
6. Aplana las tortas ligeramente con una espátula.
7. Cocina las tortas hasta que estén lindas y doradas en la parte inferior y luego dalas vuelta y cocínalas del otro lado.
8. Realiza lo mismo con el resto de la mezcla de patata.
9.Cocina las tortas hasta que estén lindas y doradas en la parte inferior y luego dalas vuelta y cocínalas del otro lado.


Preparing for Hanukkah: Colour your Hanukkah card & make you own holiday dreidel

✡ Hanukkah arts and crafts for children by “Elisheva & Shoshana”! ✡
Colour your own Hanukkah card and make you own holiday dreidel:
Step1: Save the picture and Print it out (A4) (vol1: If you are in Israel),
Step2: Colour,
Step3: Cut
Step4: Glue together and get your very own DIY-dreidel!


Hanukkah arts and crafts for children (ElishevaShoshana.com)
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Our Hanukkah e-cards are specially made for Tallinn Jewish School (Таллиннская еврейская школа) and Yeladim Center.
© Elisheva & Shoshana

✡ …And final touch by: 7-year-old Estella Elisheva  :) ✡

Hanukkah card

Dreidel Playing Guide
The traditional Chanukah dreidel (spinning top) is a throwback to the times when the Greek armies of King Antiochus controlled the Holy Land, before the Maccabees defeated them and sent them packing. The powerful regime passed a series of laws outlawing the study of Torah and many of the mitzvot.

Jewish children resorted to learning Torah in outlying areas and forests. In case an enemy patrol was spotted, the children pulled out and started playing with small tops and would hide their texts.

. On the four sides of the dreidel appear four letters from the Hebrew alphabet-nun, gimmel, hey, and shin.

The classic dreidel is a four sided spinning top. The Hebrew word for dreidel is sevivon, which, as in Yiddish, means “to turn around.” Dreidels have four Hebrew letters on them (nun, gimmel, hey and shin). These four letters are an acronym for “Nes gadol hayah sham” – “A great miracle happened there.” In Israel, instead of the fourth letter shin, there is a peh, which means the saying is “Nes gadol haya po” – “A great miracle occurred here”.

The Setup
* All players sit around the playing area.
* The “ante” — nuts, pennies, nickels, chocolate coins, nuts, or just about anything else — is equally divided amongst all players.
* Everyone puts one unit of the ante (penny, nut, etc.) into the pot.
* The one who has first turn is followed in clockwise direction by all the others.
* Player A spins the dreidel while everyone waits in utter suspense.

If the dreidel lands on a…
(נ) Nun –
You’ve just wasted your time. Absolutely nothing happens. Nun stands for the Yiddish word nul, which means zero, nothing, nil, “nisht”. After your exercise in futility it’s time now for the player to your left to take a spin.

If however your dreidel landed on a…
(ג) Gimmel –
Wow! Amazing! You did it! You get to take the whole pot! Take it quick and then do a little victory dance around the room. Gimmel stands for gantz, which means whole. Everyone, including you, now puts another unit of the ante into the pot, and the person to your left tries his luck at spinning.

But, it’s hard to be so lucky every time. Sometimes your dreidel will land on a…
(ה) Hey –
Okay, you could have done better, but you could have done worse. You get to take half of the pot. Hey stands for halb, half. The pot has now been diminished, and it’s time for the player to your left to take a stab at riches.

But don’t complain. The dreidel could have landed on a…
(פ) Peh /(ש) Shin –
Shin (outside of Israel) means “shtel” or “put in” [in Yiddish]. Peh (in Israel) means “pay.” The player adds a game piece to the pot.