Hanukkah foods

Different foods at different occasions- Ari Afilalo

Ari Afilalo– a specialist in international trade law, business transactions, and contracts. He is a French Moroccan immigrant and an active member of West Side Sephardic Synagogue who lives in NYC. He is Jewish by religion and a son of a Jewish Moroccan family, who grew up in France.


Jewish people eat different food on different occasions. Some of the different foods made on the different occasions are discussed below-

Food on the Hanukkah- One of the best foods eaten by the Jewish on the Hanukkah is fried food, especially the latkes. Typically these foods are made in the olive oil. Latkes are a delicious way to tell the story of this eight-night holiday. The fried as well as dairy food, are included under Hanukkah foods.


Passover food- The major Jewish groups that are- Sephardic and Ashkenazi, prohibit the eating of chametz during Passover as directed in the Torah. Chametz includes any food product or recipe made grains such as- rye, wheat, spelt, oats, and barley. Sephardic Jews consume Kitniyot during Passover which includes- corn, peanuts, rice, Poppy Seeds, soybeans, millet, peas, green beans, sesame seeds, mustard, and dried beans and lentils. Other foods may include- any kind of fruit, Beef, chicken, turkey, duck, goose, or fish with scales, a kosher butcher or sold as a kosher cut of meat, and eggs and egg whites.

Purim Food- Purim is one of the happiest of Jewish holidays. It celebrates the survival of the Jews in Ancient Persia when they were set for slaughter at the hands of the king’s advisor, Haman. Some of the famous foods are- Vegan Challah, mushroom and potato dumplings, Iranian eggplant and chickpeas stew with coconut-almond sauce, Persian style potato pancakes (Kuku Sib-Zamini) and many more.
Yom Kippur food- Breaking the Fast- The holiday of Yom Kippur is one of reflection, repentance, prayer, all of which takes place while fasting. At the end of the Yom Kippur, Jews people share a joyful breakfast meal that includes the- eggs, cheese, and bread. Other foods include- fresh fruit salad, beverages such as- fresh juice, tea, and coffee. To know more about the foods and the occasions, click here.