Doughnuts to celebrate ancient victory

Doughnuts to celebrate ancient victory
Doughnuts on store shelves are a seasonal sight near the end of the year in Israel.

JERUSALEM - When round doughnuts hit the shelves of cake shops in Israel, it means the end of the year is approaching.

Hanukkah is an annual festival commemorating a Jewish victory over the Syrian-Greeks in the second century B.C.

Following the legendary tale of how the Temple was purified with holy oil after the victory, the Jews have developed a fondness for foods prepared with oil and developed the custom of eating Hanukkah doughnuts.

Nationwide chain "English Cake" offers deep-fried doughnuts filled with jelly or cream for 10 shekels (about ¥280) each.

They are popular as snacks. Store manager Ahuva Nissim, 24, said proudly, "Sometimes as many as 3,000 doughnuts are sold before Hanukkah."

Doughnuts filled with a sweet, tangy strawberry jelly and featuring a light texture are hot sellers.

It was hard for me to stop eating those palm-sized treats.

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