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Green Pepper Salad

This is a Romanian dish which is also featured in Middle Eastern menus. Israeli green peppers are known for their sweetness.

Hamentaschen (Purim)

On Purim, Jews are commanded to send out gifts of food or drink, and to make gifts to charity. The sending of gifts of food and drink is referred to as shalach manot (lit. sending out portions). Among Ashkenazic Jews, a common treat at this time of year is hamentaschen (lit. Haman's pockets). These triangular fruit-filled cookies are supposed to represent Haman's three-cornered hat.

Honey Cake

Honey cake is the traditional cake of the "Land of Milk and Honey." Honey cake is a must for the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana, since its sweetness symbolizes the wishes for a good year ahead.

Hummus

Like tehina, hummus was brought to Israel by Jews from Arab countries, though today it is everyone's favorite. It tastes best when eaten with fresh, warm pita bread.

Kebob (Small Hamburgers)

A classic Middle Eastern dish. There is hardly a restaurant in Israel which does not feature kebob at the head of its menu.

Keftes de Prasa (Leek Patties)

This is a tradition to celebrate Rosh HaShanah and also as a sign of spring.

Kichlach

In Israel, all young men and women are required to enlist for military service at the age of 18. The soldiers, who manage to get home only once every several weeks, enjoy getting parcels with sweet things from home; and mothers are very efficient in keeping them well-supplied with cakes. Derived from central Europe, the popular kichlach are to be found in many of the packages destined for young soldiers. No adequate substitute has so far been found for the homemade product. The word kichlach is Yiddish for cookies.

Kreplach (meat dumplings)

Another traditional Purim food that symbolizes the hidden miracle is kreplach, a meat dumpling that can be eaten on its own or in soup.

Latkes (Hanukkah)

Originating in eastern Europe, latkes (potato pancakes) have been a staple of the Jewish diet for many years. Eaten especially during the festivals of Hanukkah and Passover, these light and scrumptious treats continue to be a favorite on the Israeli menu. 

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