It’s Latke Time

December 8, 2012

Latke Recipe
Ingredients: 5 pounds of potatoes 2 large Vidalia Onions About 1.5 cups of matzah meal 2 eggs Kosher Salt White pepper Canola Oil 1) Preheat oil in frying pan or in electric frying pan to 400 degrees. 2) Wash and grate potatoes (peeling them is optional) 3) Take skin off and grate onions 4) Squeeze all the water out of the potatoes and onions 5) Combine in large mixing bowl 6) Sprinkle 1 cup of matzah meal around the bowl 7) Add 2 scrambled eggs into bowl 8) Depending on the mixture’s moisture, add more matzah meal so that you can form latkes 9) Season with Kosher salt and white pepper to taste 10) Pat latkes into shape 11) Fry each side until golden brown 12) Enjoy with apple sauce, sour cream, and ketchup!

We were very lucky to have expert latke-makers visit our class: Felicia’s dad, David and stepmom, Jen! They showed us how to make the best latkes we have ever eaten in our lives. On Hanukkah we fry latkes in oil to remember the miracle of the oil that burned for eight days instead of just one. Here’s how to make these great Hanukkah treats

We Continue Building Our Torah...
Today we assembled our Class Torah. Here we are attaching different sheets of paper together into one scroll. So far our Torah includes our artistic responses to the story of Creation and Noah’s Ark. Everyone cooperated to put together the big pieces of paper.

We had to make some finishing touches to the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden! In future classes, we will add prints of the pictures of the Temple we built (see below) in order to represent the story of Hanukkah in our Class Torah. Once the papers were taped together, we attached to the ends to the shafts we had made out of paper towel rolls and rolled up our Torah. Eventually we will make the “clothes” of the Torah and add other decorative touches. We are excited to continue adding to our Torah as we learn more Jewish stories.

We were so excited that our Torah finally looks like a real Torah that we gave each other celebratory high fives and hugs!

...and Begin Representing the Hanukkah Story
We began building the Temple from the Story of Hanukkah. The children decided that the Temple needed beautiful decorations. Max added the middle structure, a Booby Trap, to the Temple because he knew it needed to be a safe place for the Jews to pray. He made sure that there would be a way that the Greeks would be captured when they tried to destroy our Temple.

Our completed Temple. The front gate is “The part [that] helps the Greeks not come in to get the treasures. There is no back door.” The Greeks came and destroyed our Temple. Judah and The Macabbees fought against the Greeks and won the battle, the first miracle in the story of Hanukkah. The oil for the Ner Tamid (eternal light) has spilled leaving the Jews only enough oil to last for 1 day. The Macabees cleaned up the Temple and lit the oil that would only burn for 1 day. As they rebuilt the Temple, the oil miraculously stayed lit for 8 days, the second miracle of Hanukkah!

At last, the Macabees rebuilt a beautiful Temple for the Jewish people. Everyone in Classroom 6 came over to our Temple to enjoy it’s beauty.

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