I did not want to wait a year until posting my sufganiyot (doughnuts, usually jelly doughnuts, but I don’t usually put jelly in mine, although we did some black currant preserves from Switzerland into a few), and this is the last day of Chanukah, so here it is. Maybe I’ll post the recipe next year.
While I was enjoying a great Chanukah party at a friend’s house, others were blogging about the war in Israel and Gaza. My thoughts are with my friends and family members, especially those with sons in the army. I came back to find Today’s Flowers is off for this week, so feel free to visit the flowers (post below), because today I took flower photos for next week.
If there is a war, battle or attack in Israel, the first place I go to look for information is the Muqata (Jameel, though Joe Settler will also post there, too). Jack has many posts in Gaza Round Up Part One. I believe this is Baila’s first experience with living in Israel during a war; she writes a heartfelt post: Israel unleashes its strength … and the world reacts as expected.
Other great sources for understanding are Carl in Jerusalem and Soccer Dad (he and his co-bloggers are in the U.S., but often they can give insight into Israeli – U.S. relations). There are others, too…
I’ve totally strayed from the original topic of this post, those greasy delicious doughnuts I made this past week. We eat the doughnuts because they are made in oil, and we remember the miracle of Chanukah when the oil lasted not just for one day but for eight. The candle lighting is a mitzvah, a commandment that we Jews are required to do; the sufganiyot and latkes, potato pancakes are just minhagim, customs, that we choose to do.