Jewish Holiday Cooking
From Giora Shimoni, former About.com Guide
Jewish Sabbath (Shabbat)
Combining Judaism's Dietary Laws and Jewish Sabbath Laws leads to unique Shabbat menus, recipes and cooking methods.
- Shabbat Menus and Recipes
- More Shabbat Menus
- Appetizers for Shabbat
- Soups for Shabbat
- Meat Entrées for Shabbat
On the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, Jews eat foods that symbolize good things they hope for in the coming year. Apples and honey hint of a sweet year, while fish hints at a prosperous year to come. Learn about Rosh Hashanah food traditions, get ideas for Rosh Hashanah menus, and find Rosh Hashanah recipes.
- Rosh Hashanah Menus and Recipes
- More Rosh Hashanah Menus
- Soups for Rosh Hashanah
- Salads for Rosh Hashanah
- Main Dishes for Rosh Hashanah
- Side Dishes for Rosh Hashanah
- Desserts for Rosh Hashanah
- More Rosh Hashanah Recipes
Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the Jewish year. While Jews observe a strict fast on Yom Kippur day, there are traditions regarding food eaten before (Meal of Cessation, Seudat Mafseket) and after the fast (Break Fast).
During the harvest and pilgrimage festival of Sukkot (Judaism's Feast of Tabernacles), Jews eat in temporary huts like the ancient Israelites did in the desert after the Exodus. Given the colorful surroundings of each booth (sukkah) and the harvest theme, Sukkot recipes include lots of fruits and vegetables. Stuffed vegetables, symbolic of a bountiful harvest, are traditionally served.
- Traditional Sukkot Menus and Recipes
- Quick and Easy Sukkot Menus and Recipes
- Appetizers for Sukkot
- Main Dishes for Sukkot
Jews read successive portions of the Torah every Sabbath in synagogue. On Simchat Torah, which means "Joy of the Torah", they read the last passage in the Torah and then they immediately read the first passage in the Torah. Thus, there is an unbroken cycle of reading Judaism's holiest book. Food customs have evolved and certain kosher recipes have become Simchat Torah traditions.
While potato pancakes (levivot or latkes) and jelly doughnuts (sufganiot) are the most popular Hanukkah treats, there are many more delicious traditional and contemporary Jewish holiday recipes that can add flavor to your Hanukkah celebration.
- Hanukkah Menus and Recipes
- Potato Pancakes (Latkas)
- Doughnuts (Sufganiot)
- Hanukkah Cakes and Cookies
- More Hanukkah Recipes
Purim is a joyous festival during which Jewish children dress up in costumes to listen to the Scroll of Esther read in synagogue, food baskets (Shlach Manos) filled with special Purim pastries such as Hamantashen (Oznai Haman) are exchanged, and a special Purim feast (Seudat Purim) is shared with family and friends.
Jewish cooks worldwide and over the centuries have sought ways to create food for Passover that is tasty despite the extra kosher restrictions placed on food during this weeklong holiday. These kosher-for-Passover recipes are the fruits of their labor.
- Passover Seder Menus and Recipes
- More Passover Seder Menus
- Passover Food FAQ
- Gefilte Fish
- Matzo Ball Soup
- Salads for Passover
- Dairy Entrées for Passover
- Fish Entrées for Passover
- Meat Entrées for Passover
- Vegetarian Entrées for Passover
- Side Dishes for Passover
- Desserts for Passover
- Matzo Brei - Matzo and Eggs
- Matzo Rolls
- More Passover Recipes
Shavuot, the Feast of the Weeks, is the Jewish holiday celebrating the harvest season in Israel and the anniversary of the giving of the Ten Commandments to the Israelites at Mount Sinai. It is customary to eat dairy food on Shavuot. Enjoy these recipes for everything from cheese blintzes to lasagna to cheesecake.
- Traditional Shavuot Menus and Recipes
- Shavuot Menus and Recipes for Busy Cooks
- Shavuot Appetizers
- Dairy Entrées for Shavuot
Nine Days & Tisha B'Av
It is customary for Jews to refrain from eating meat during the Nine Days (Tishat HaYamim) leading up to the Ninth of Av (Tisha B’Av). Tisha B'Av - the ninth day of the Jewish calendar month of Av - is a day of fasting and mourning the destruction of Temples as well as other tragedies suffered by Jews in the past.