Wendy Kalman
There are many ways to see and understand

Hanukkah, history and food

Hanukkah’s back story has to do with a Jewish minority rising up against oppression in order to defend the right to observe Judaism and preserve identity.

For far too much of our history, however, Jews have sadly and repeatedly been the victims of persecution that we could not rise up against.

Massacres of all scales appear throughout our history. So does almost three thousand years of expulsions and exoduses, instances where we were driven out from our homes. And in each new place, we try to set down roots again, never sure for how long we will be safe.

Nevertheless, in each place that Jewish people have taken culture, traditions and foods with us, we have also learned to adapt to wherever we sojourn. We pick up local influences in art, music, culture and in availability of foodstuffs.

This also means that our tent is very large. We ourselves can be very different from each other. Still, we are despite our differences a single people, am echad.

And it is in that spirit and with this understanding that I share my 2019 blog, “Jewish history through Hanukkah recipes from around the world.” In it, I try to capture some of our wandering history — and link to the recipes which have sprouted from this history. I hope you will enjoy both the delicious stroll and the deeper understanding of why we have so many foods in our history.

B’teavon and Happy Hanukkah!

Screenshot of the author’s December 23, 2019 blog on this platform, “Jewish history through hanukkah recipes from around the world”(https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/jewish-history-through-hanukkah-recipes-from-around-the-world/)
About the Author
Born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island, Wendy lived in Jerusalem for over a decade submerged in Israeli culture. Since returning to the U.S. in 2003; she has been soaked in Southern life in metro Atlanta. An Ashkenazi mom to Mizrahi sons born in Israel and the US, MIL to a French Mizrahi DIL and an Israeli DIL whose parents are also an interesting mix, and a step mom to sons born in the South, she celebrates trying to see from multiple perspectives and hope this comes out in her blogs. Wendy recently wrapped up work as a researcher for an Israel education nonprofit and completed two master's degrees in public administration and integrated global communication, and is looking for her next opportunity. Her interest in resolving conflict had her also taking a grad school class on conflict management and completing certification as a human rights consultant, Wendy's interests also have her digging deep into genealogy and bringing distant family together. All of this is to say, Wendy's life has brought her to the widened framework she uses for her blogs: there are many ways to see and understand.
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