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How to spell Chanukah : 18 writers celebrate 8 nights of lights

Author: Emily Franklin
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Anecdotes
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Emily Franklin
ISBN: 9781565125384 156512538X 9781565129344 1565129342
OCLC Number: 123377244
Description: xiv, 255 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
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 --
About the editor --
About the contributors.
Responsibility: edited by Emily Franklin.
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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.

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