Hanukkah in Jerusalem, Israel,
can be celebrated in so many ways,
but one universal favorite is a visit to
the Machane Yehuda Market, the shuk.
Walking to the shuk through the Nachlaot neighborhood
is not always easy, as short cuts can be blocked off.
Construction seems to be going on everywhere.
Even walking is not so simple on the narrow roads.
Often we joke that Jerusalem streets were built for donkeys.
These days maybe,
they are better suited for flying motorcycles.
But if you persist and keep going,
where else will you find kosher cheese,
so colorful and flavorful?
For a Hanukkah dairy holiday treat,
try this wine cheese, it was terrific.
Wine in cheese,
but of course, wine is for celebrating.
The varieties found in the shuk astound every time,
amazing varieties of olives,
plus those olive oils!
Some are special for use in Hanukkah menorahs,
to use instead of candles for the eight nights of Hanukkah.
Halva, huge blocks of halva,
where else will you find Hot Chilli halva,
and see the machine that makes it.
Some of the shutters of shops come down at night,
but then the partying begins.
Beer tasting, so many flavors of beer,
this warm party room in back is becoming
a new “hot” spot on the cold winter nights.
Too much food and drink, and the new
“fresh up shop” pay toilets could come in handy.
Always merchandise to purchase,
but for Hanukkah the menorahs are displayed outside.
A walk through the shuk
is always good for photo ops,
with ripe pomegranates,
and my Hanukkah favorite,
the fresh strawberry season has started.
Machane Yehuda Market is changing daily,
and if you have not been in awhile, it is a must see.
A Hanukkah tasting tour would not be complete,
those donuts filled with fruit jam
or dozens of other flavors.
I am saving up Hanukiot, my favorite Hanukkah menorahs,
for a special post next week.
Meanwhile, enjoy this new sound and light projection
on the walls of Old City outside of
Jaffa Gate and up from Mamilla Mall.
UPDATED last night of Hanukkah:
I received comments about cheese and other shops,
in the shuk, questions about kosher supervision.
The piece of paper attached to the wall, at the top of this photo,
is a valid kosher certificate.
Sadly, not all the shops have proper supervision.
The staff at this one is happy to offer you a taste.
7 thoughts on “9 Favorite Tastes of Hanukkah in Machane Yehuda Market”
Sharon, I look forward to the RJS each week but this week was just amazing. The shuk is one of my favorite places and I just loved the photos. The strawberries were amazing and the rimonim were mouthwatering. The sound and light show blew me away. Almost like being there, but not quite, realizing what we are missing. Chanukah sameach and best regards.
Thank you. Feel free to share and hope to see you on your next visit!
Another great post. However, are you sure the cheeses are indeed kosher? There are places in Machane Yehuda which have, shall we say, misleading signs implying kashrut where some of the wares are less than kosher. I am not saying this is one of them but folks, please be on your guard.
Yes, and this new store is mehadrin too. Chanukah sameach.
As always, thanks for the great pictures and photo-journalism. I have often heard about the possibility of taking a tasting tour of the shuk but never knew of mehadrin sensitive guide who ran such tours. Who is the gentlemen featured in the pictures wearing an I.D.? Is he a guide? Does he do shuk tours?
Yes Asher Altshul is a professional tour guide. I will email you his contact information.
And thank you, so glad you like the photo essays.