Death by Cheese: Hanukkah's Forgotten Story / Tel Aviv Table Podcast

Hanukkah is usually all about the oil; find out why Jews in the Middle Ages ate cheese to mark the holiday. Plus hear all Israel's latest food news.

Biblical food expert Tova Dickstein makes cheese in honor of Hanukkah.
Biblical food expert Tova Dickstein makes cheese in honor of Hanukkah. Daniella Cheslow

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Death by cheese: The forgotten story of Hanukkah
The holiday of Hanukkah is seeped in oil: Oil in the menorah, oil spitting off potato pancakes or sizzling in the donut fryer. But this hasn’t always been the custom. Find out why Jews in the Middle Ages ate cheese to mark the holiday.

Food News: The vegetable protest
On the first night of Hanukkah Israeli farmers are protesting against the pricing policies of the Ministry of Agriculture; Belgium is trying to get UN recognition for its pommes frites; and Israel’s first ever vegan sushi bar has opened