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According to tradition, a small olive oil jar was used to light the menorah in the Second Temple in Jerusalem for eight whole days, after the Jews had successfully risen against their Greek-Syrian oppressors. Even today, many people still light their Hanukkah menorahs with olive oil candles.
For 72 years running, some of the country’s foremost scholars have gathered in one of the University of Chicago’s most Gothic halls to debate one of the most challenging questions of our time: what is superior, latkes, the Hanukkah fried potato special, or hamentashen, the triangular Purim pastries?
At the 10th annual Latkefest, taking place at the Brooklyn Museum, 26 different versions of the latke, from deconstructed to overstuffed, were being studiously examined by judges and over 500 participants, in a continuation of a decade-old New York tradition. All proceeds went to benefit the Sylvia Center, a non-profit dedicated to teaching children nutrition (ironic given that almost everything served here was deep fried).
According to the dictionary, schmaltz can refer to melted chicken fat, or to excessive sentimentality; overly emotional behavior.