I'm Jew-ish, but not Jewish.
I know Hanukkah is not a major religious holiday. But my connection with Jewish heritage and culture has never really been religiously driven. I am, according to the most recent AncestryDNA update, probably 43% of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage. I believe it’s been 3 generations since anyone in my family was strongly connected to this heritage, but I’ve felt Jew-ish as long as I can remember.
And I want all the foods, y’all. All the Hanukkah foods.
I looked for other people with a similar experience to mine, and found this helpful blog post called “So You’ve Just Found Out You’re Jewish. What’s Next?". I’ve always known about my Jewish heritage, but felt a bit stymied about connecting with it, so I appreciate this especially for its links to a lot of resources.
Including and especially The Nosher.
I think there will be some russet potatoes in an upcoming grocery order for me.
Also probably the ingredients for easy sufganiyot.
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