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We're not sticklers for protocol -- we just sell Jewish products :) like Hanukkah Hoddies, Little Latke Baby Bodysuits, Latke Aprons, and More Hanukkah Styles. But when it comes to Hanukkah, it's essential to be on point. The rules of the menorah, on the other hand. Oy! Years of family strife and bickering over this. A shonda! Back in the day, this was no problem. Ancient Jews didn't have any rules. You want eight candles? Go for it. Nine? Sure, add a shamas, knock yourself out. Seven? Eh, whatever, we'll make up for it later. Reuse the same candle each night? What a great way to save money! Then the rabbis wrote...
Dreidel is a variation of Teetotum, a popular gambling game when the Roman Empire ruled Israel. The rules were the same, only the letters changed. It's unknown whether the Jewish version originated during Roman times or much later, because the game was popular throughout Europe for a very long time.
The world's largest dreidel was 18 feet tall and made out of recycled materials. It had to be hoisted upright by a small crane and it took three people to spin.
In our blog post few days ago we stumbled across an amazing latke recipe. Then we found an EVEN BETTER one! This recipe we love for potato latkes (also known as levivot ) will use a food processor to make the prep easy and simple. The latkes you will taste later will have a smoother and more uniform texture than the traditional hand made latkes. And if you don't have a food processor, just check out the previous recipe here :) Try it now as a warm up for Hanukkah or wait until December. Doesn't matter to us, we just sell Jewish Products...
On Hanukkah, you got to have a good dreidel. There's just no other way to spin it.
We've always been satisfied with the store brand kind. But some people go all out, blinging up their spinning sticks in all sorts of awesome and creative ways. Take a look at some of our fave designs: