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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 22, 2013 PAGE 15A i Curried sweet potato latkes solve the Thanksgivukkah dilernma PennLivecomBY Sue Gleiter :ta:Pf;Cly;rondp2teaspnesCrrYnPuwder epper to taste This year for the first time since 1861, Thanksgiving and 2 large eggs, beaten Chanukah overlap. The holiday mashup is creating a cooking 1/2 cup milk (approximately) quandary for those who will honor both celebrations. Just peanut oil for frying what do you serve? " Instructions: Here, a recipe for Curried Sweet Potato Latkes given to us Grate sweet potato coarsely. In separate bowl, mix flour, by Susan Cohen of Harrisburg, Pa., from a cookbook authored sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, cayenne pepper, curry by Jewish culinary expert Joan Nathan. powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Curried Sweet Potato Latkes Add eggs and just enough milk to dry ingredients to make Ingredients: a stiff batter. Add potatoes and mix. Batter should be moist, 1 poundsweet potatoes, peeled but not runny. If too stiff, add more milk. 1/2 cup all purpose flour 2 teaspoons sugar 1 teaspoon brown sugar I teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder Heat 1/4 inch peanut oil in frying pan until it is barely smoking. Drop in batter by tablespoons and flatten. Fry over medium high heat several minutes on each side until golden. Drain on paper towels and serve. Yields 16 3-inch pancakes. Pass the cranberry latkes: When holidays collide  Edmon J. Rodman With the cornukiyah, gdmon J. Rodman tries his hand at creating a centerpiece suitable for a Thanksgivukkah table. By Edmon J. Rodman LOS ANGELES (JTA)--If the Pilgrims are lighting me- norahs and the Maccabees are chasing turkeys, it must be Thanksgivukkah, as some have come to call the confluence of Thanksgiving and Chanukah that will happen this year on Nov. 28. It's a rare event, one that won't occur again until 2070 and then in 2165. Beyond that, because the Jewish lunisolar (lunar with solar adjustments) calendar is very slowly getting out ofsyncwith the solar calen- dar, the Chanukah-Thanksgiv- ing confluence won't happen again by one calculation until the year 79811--when turkeys presumably will be smart enough to read calendars and vacation in space that month. How do we celebrate this rare holiday alignment? Do we stick candles in the turkey and stuff the horns of plenty with gelt? Put payes on the Pilgrims? What about starting bywishing each other "gobble tov" and then changing the words to a favorite Chanukah melody: '7 cooked a little turkey, Just like I'm Bobby Flay, And when it's sliced and ready, I'll fress the day away.  The holiday mash-up has its limits. We know the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade will not end with a float carrying a Maccabee. But it has created opportunities as well: Raise your hand if you plan to wait until the post-Thanksgiving Day sales for your Chanukah shopping. Ritually, just aswe've figured out that we add candles to our menorahs from right to left and light them from left to right, a new question looms this year: Should we slice the turkey before or after? For our household, the dreidel-wishbone 9verlap means that our son at college who always comes home for Thanksgiving will be home to light the family chanukiyah, too. "I think it's wonderful," said Dr. Ron Wolfson, whose book "Relational Judaism" (Jewish Lights Publishing) speaks to how our communal relation- ships--how we listen and wel- come-can make our Jewish communities more meaning- ful. "This year is about bringing friends and family together." Wolfson, also the author of "The Hanukkah Family Guide to Spiritual Celebration," said in a recent interview that this year's ca]endrical collision was a way to enhance "Thanksgiv- ing beyond football and a big meal." In our land of commercial plenty, the confluence certainly has served up a feast of mer- chandise. There are T-shirts saying"8 Days of Light, Liberty & Latkes" and a coffee mug picturing a turkey with nine burning tail feathers. And then there's the ceramic menorah in the shape ofaturkey---aMenur- key, createdby 9-year-oldAsher Weintraub of New York. But being more of a do-it- yourselfer, I recycled an old sukkah decoration to create my own Thankgivukkah cen- terpiece-the comukiyah. For the holiday cook try- ing to blend the two holidays' flavors, there's a recipe that calls for turkeys brined in Manischewitz, and I found another for cranberry latkes. But what about a replacement for the now infamous Franken- stein of Thanksgiving cuisine, the turducken? How about a "turchitke," a latke inside of a chicken inside of a turkey? For Wolfson, who has largely ignored the merch and word- play, this year simply is an op- portunity to change the script. At his Thanksgiving dinner, he is going combine Chanukah ritual with holiday elements found on, a website that uses American holidays to pass on "stories, values and behaviors." Searching .the site, I found a "Thanksgiving Service for Interfaith Gatherings'by Rabbi Jack Moline that includes a reading thatalso couldwork for Chanukah--a holiday of reli- gious freedom--as it celebrates many of the occupations that "we can do when we are free," including activists, writers, artists, entrepreneurs, even journalists. For our own celebrations Wolfson, a Fingerhut profes- sor of education at American Jewish University, wants us to consider the similarities of the stories at the heart of each holiday. "The Pilgrims were escap- ing religious persecution in Europe. They did not want to be assimilated," Wolfson said, adding that "the Maccabees were fighting against Hel- lenization," another form of assimilation. Counter to the usual "De- cember dilemma" for the in- termarried-whose numbers have increased to 58 percent since 2005, according to the recent Pew study--Wolfson noted the "opportunities and challenges" presented this year by Chanukah and Christmas not coinciding. "We usually feel the tension between the two holidays," he said. "This year we can feel the compatibility of the two." The early Chanukah will help people to appreciate its "cul- tural integrity," said Wolfson, adding that he %vould not be surprised by a spike in candle lighting this year." But for others in the Jew- ish community, the pushing together of the Festival of Lights with Turkey Day has forced other changes, some unwanted. Rabbi Steven Silver of Tem- ple Menorah in Redondo Beach, Calif., is canceling his temple's traditional Friday night Chanu- kah dinner. "That holiday weekend will be vacation time, people will be outvisiting family and friends," he said. "The rabbis won't have anyone in front of them that weekend, andthat'saproblem." Yet Silver also has found the confluence has presented an opportunity. The day before Chanukah, his congregation is planning to attend an interfaith Thanksgiv- ing service at a Catholic church. "There will between 800 and 900 in attendance, from Buddhists to Sikhs, and three Jewish congregations" Silver said. "We are planning to bring a 6-foot-high wooden menorah and symbolically light it." The holidays overlapping, he said, "are giving us an op- portunity to show the miracle." Edmon J. Roclman is a JTA columnistwhowritesonJewish life from Los Angeles. Contact him at HAPPY CHANUKAH iiilii I-] I-1 D I-1 I-] I-] 407-660-8888 Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah Private Lessons & Services Flexible Schedule, Temple Membership Not Required Service in Hotel, Catering Hall or Your Home Rabbi Sanford Olshansky Serving Orange, Seminole & Osceola Counties 321-704-0702 FIRST WE LISTEN.. THEN WE DELIVER! 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