8 Questions and 8 Dipping’s of the Hanukkah Seder by Rabbi Dov Gartenberg
What was the miracle of Hanukah? A Debate within Judaism
A piece of winter bread dipped in extra virgin olive oil
Effect: Tasting olive oil, the central food of Hanukkah
How was Hanukah a war of cultures?
A piece of Greek pita dipped in almond oil.
Effect: A culinary mixing of cultures
What was the cause of the Jewish revolt against Antiochus?
A piece of flatbread cracker or lavash dipped burnt almond oil
Effect: The searing taste of persecution.
Why did some Jews choose to die for God?
A piece of rosemary bread dipped in a mixed oil with chives, roasted onions, sage leaves.
Effect: An initial pleasant taste with a distinct and long lasting aftertaste.
Why did other Jews choose the path of resistance over martyrdom?
A piece of dark rye dipped in a mixed oil of cardamom and sumac oil
Effect: A sour taste
Theme: Were the Maccabees heroes or zealots?
A piece of roasted garlic bread dipped in a mixed oil with cinnamon, cumin, fresh green chiles
Effect: Delayed burn from the chiles.
What is the Historical Legacy of Hanukah?
A piece of Challah dipped in the mixed oil of bitter lemon with rose water.
Effect: Scent is good. Not as bitter
Theme: What are the Modern Lessons Hanukah for Our Times?
A piece of sweet, fruity bread dipped in a fruity extra virgin olive oil.
Effect: A rich fruity taste