But what is the real origin of gelt? Is it, as my father claimed, really a long-held Jewish custom? And how did gelt evolve from money to chocolate? And why does the chocolate taste so waxy? If gelt is here to stay -- if it's going to really represent the Jews like mistletoe and holly do the Christians -- are there any better options than the molten coins of our childhood? These are some of the questions I had as I set out on my journey in search of gelt.
Every Chanukah we seem to throw ourselves into planning the perfect celebration.But the reality during Chanukah is that I start off feeling overwhelmed and end up exhausted.Our expectations of Chanukah -- or any holiday -- are often exaggerated by childhood experiences, for better or for worse.