Hanukkah, or Chanukah, is the 8-day Jewish wintertime festival of lights, celebrated with a nightly menorah lighting, special prayers, and unique dishes, especially fried foods. The holiday commemorates the victory of a small group of Jewish rebels over the armies of Syria in 165 B.C.E. and the subsequent liberation of the Temple in Jerusalem. The emphasis on celebratory foods that are fried recalls the miracle at the Temple of Jerusalem, when a day’s worth of oil lasted 8 nights. Try a great Hanukkah recipe from our collection.