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Tuesday night marked the start of Hanukkah, a holiday that has plenty of treasured traditions.

Jewish families light the menorah, eat potato cakes called latkes and children enjoy playing with dreidels.

Rabbi David Komerofsky at Texas Hillel said while it's not a major holiday on the Jewish calendar, it's still a time to reflect.

"The meaning of Hanukkah is really about maintaining your sense of identity as a minority even amongst a majority culture," Komerofsky said.

Hanukkah is celebrated for eight days. The last night is Dec. 27.

Explore some classic Hanukkah traditions with YNN's Bonnie Gonzalez in the video above.

Latke (Potato Pancake) Recipe

Ingredients:

• 5 whole potatoes
• 2 yellow onions
• 3 eggs (or egg substitute)
• 1 tsp. salt
• 1/4 tsp. pepper
• between 1/4 to 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
• canola oil

Directions:

1. Peel the potatoes.
2. Place peeled potatoes in a bowl of cold water (helps avoid browning).
3. Drain the potatoes and remove all water with a paper towel. Squeeze them well until all water is removed.
4. Put potatoes and onions into a food processor with a slicing blade. Pulse until no longer chunky. Drain mixture well.
5. Pour potato/onion mixture into a large bowl. Add beaten eggs, salt and pepper. Add enough flour so that the mixture holds.
6. Pour 1 inch of oil into a large, deep frying pan or electric skillet. Heat the oil over medium-high heat.
7. Carefully drop 1/4 cup of the potato mixture at a time into the hot oil.
8. Flatten the pancake slightly so the center will cook.
9. Fry for several minutes on each side until golden brown and cooked through.
10. Drain on paper towels.

Serving Suggestion: Serve the latkes with applesauce and sour cream.

Yield: Approximately 20 latkes

Recipe courtesy Rabbi David Komerofsky

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