Recipe: Lebkuchen

By Ruth Joseph, December 19, 2011

When I was small my parents would return from the deli with Chanukah lebkuchen biscuits. I adored them - their spiced dough made into hearts telling of love and good wishes.


Recipe: Apple and cinnamon latkes

By Fabienne Viner-Luzzato, December 19, 2011

These delicious latkes won't last long so make plenty.


● 2 large eggs
● 350ml of orange juice
● 300g of self-raising flour
● 150g of caster sugar
● 1 tsp of vanilla sugar
● 1 tsp of cinnamon
● 4 medium-size apples (McIntosh or Empire), peeled and grated
● 50g of raisins, optional
● Sunflower or vegetable oil for frying



Recipe: Sweet potato latkes

By Lisa Roukin, December 19, 2011

Sweet potato makes these latkes a little different, but the sugar in them means they can burn, so cook them over a medium to medium/high heat and don't keep them too long in the pan.

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Makes 10


● 3 (675g) Maris Piper potatoes
● 1 (256g) sweet potato
● 1 onion
● 60g flour


Light Up the Night: a Chanucah tune

By Jennifer Lipman, December 15, 2011

A seasonal offering from the Ein Prat Fountainheads


How the rabbis turned swords into candles

By Mordechai Beck, December 15, 2011

Chanucah, the festival of lights, is, in our own day, mainly the commemoration of a spiritual event. Its historical roots, however, as set out in the Book of Maccabees, were the celebration of a great military victory over the Syrian-Greek overlords.

The Talmud's description concentrates on the laws of keeping the Chanucah lights burning (Masechet Shabbat 21b-24a).


Boris Johnson: Chanucah lights 'a beacon of hope'

By Jennifer Lipman, December 13, 2011

The mayor of London has recalled the valour of the Maccabees in a seasonal message to the Jewish community.

Boris Johnson wished British Jews a "happy Chanucah" on the eve of "one of the most momentous years in our city's history".


Blossom actress joins Maccabeats for charity campaign

By Jennifer Lipman, December 13, 2011

The Maccabeats and TV star Mayim Bialik have teamed up to help raise money for a bone marrow charity.

They are hoping to raise $80,000 - $10,000 for every night of Chanucah – to support the work of the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation, which works to find donor matches for people who need transplants.


The Maccabeats perform a Miracle for Chanucah

By Jennifer Lipman, December 13, 2011

The kings of festive pop bring you another Chanucah tune.


Chanucah: Rock of Ages

By Jennifer Lipman, December 7, 2011

This year's Chanucah hit? A Jewish take on classic rock, in time for the festival of lights.


Israeli bites into dough for doughnuts challenge

By Jennifer Lipman, December 1, 2011

A man is hoping to eat more than 100 doughnuts by the end of Chanucah – and raise money for charity in the process.

Elie Klein's now-annual "dough for doughnuts" began two years ago after a bet with a friend.

The Beit Shemesh–based food-lover decided to put his money where his mouth was and last year raised around £5,700 for a binge of 70 doughnuts over the month of Kislev.