Tonight is the first night of Hanucah, the Jewish festival that celebrates the defeat of the Greeks by the Maccabees and Judaism's longevity in the face of outside cultural and social threats. Here is an article from Haaretz celebrating typical fried foods from different parts of the Jewish world.
The miracle is the same miracle, the oil is the same oil, but Iraqi Jews enjoy sambousak filled with chickpeas seasoned with turmeric, while Northern African Jews make spiraled debla cookies in a thick sugar syrup, and Romanians prepare cheesy papanash.
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Wishing all Point of No Return readers Season's Greetings, and for those who are celebrating it - a Happy Hanucah! חג שמח