How to Spell Chanukah

How to Spell Chanukah

18 Writers Celebrate 8 Nights of Lights

eBook - 2007
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Overview: "What a holiday! No pestilence, no slavery, no locusts, no cattle disease or atonement. No synagogue, no guilt, no mortar, and no real lesson to be absorbed and passed down to my Jewish offspring. Thank God," writes Joshua Braff, one of eighteen Jewish writers who extol, excoriate, and expand our understanding of this most merry of Jewish holidays. These essays, by Adam Langer, Tova Mirvis, Steve Almond, Eric Orner, and others, range from the comedic to the snarky, the poignant to the poetic, and includes such topics as the jealousy experienced in December when the rest of America is celebrating Christmas (we never get to join in the reindeer games!); the problem parents have dampening their children's desire for more presents (call it Greedikah!); and the weight gain associated with eating 432 latkes in eight nights (dayenu, enough!). Whether your Chanukahs were spent singing "I have a Little Dreidel" or playing the "Maoz Tzur" on the piano, whether your family tradition included a Christmas tree or a Chanukah bush, whether the fights among your siblings over who would light the menorah candles rivaled the battles of the Maccabees, or even if you haven't a clue who the Maccabees were, this little book proves there are as many ways to celebrate Chanukah as there are ways to spell it.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, NC : Algonquin Books, 2007.
ISBN: 9781616201838
1616201835
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiv, 255 p.) : ill.
Additional Contributors: Franklin, Emily
Contents: Introduction: Hanu Channuk Chanukah / Emily Franklin
Blue Team / Joshua Braff
Creature Comfies / Joshua Neuman
Week at a glance / Elisa Albert
Chanukah your hearts out! / Steven Almond
Guinea pig / Jennifer Gilmore
Only Dreidel in Idaho / Jill Kargman
Rock of ages / Jonathan Tropper
Traditions break / Eric Orner
Oak Street, 1981 / Peter Orner
Dolls of the world / Joanna Smith Rakoff
Chanukah Glutton / Tova Mirvis
My peaceful and glorious brothers / Edward Schwarzschild
Oh, Lord - Oh, Lourdes - Alors! / Mameve Medwed
My Father's Menorah / Adam Langer
Israeli Chanukah / Amy Klein
Presents! / Ben Schrank
Light, the sword, and the Nintendo DS / Karen E Bender and Robert Athony Siegel
Eight Nights / Laura Dave
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Summary: Overview: "What a holiday! No pestilence, no slavery, no locusts, no cattle disease or atonement. No synagogue, no guilt, no mortar, and no real lesson to be absorbed and passed down to my Jewish offspring. Thank God," writes Joshua Braff, one of eighteen Jewish writers who extol, excoriate, and expand our understanding of this most merry of Jewish holidays. These essays, by Adam Langer, Tova Mirvis, Steve Almond, Eric Orner, and others, range from the comedic to the snarky, the poignant to the poetic, and includes such topics as the jealousy experienced in December when the rest of America is celebrating Christmas (we never get to join in the reindeer games!); the problem parents have dampening their children's desire for more presents (call it Greedikah!); and the weight gain associated with eating 432 latkes in eight nights (dayenu, enough!). Whether your Chanukahs were spent singing "I have a Little Dreidel" or playing the "Maoz Tzur" on the piano, whether your family tradition included a Christmas tree or a Chanukah bush, whether the fights among your siblings over who would light the menorah candles rivaled the battles of the Maccabees, or even if you haven't a clue who the Maccabees were, this little book proves there are as many ways to celebrate Chanukah as there are ways to spell it.

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