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Hanukkah 2010

Collected Hanukkah coverage

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Ritual & Observance:
Bright Spots: The best of this year’s chanukiahs, the menorahs used for Hanukkah, are beautiful, sometimes clever, and occasionally poignant, by Alana Newhouse

Hanukkah: A Guide for the Perplexed: Everything you wanted to know about the Festival of Lights, by the Editors

Gelt and Innocence: A feverish love of collecting masked a family’s shameful truth: There was no money. By Chanel Dubofsky

Festival of Birthdays: Behind drawn curtains, the author’s family celebrated the holidays the only way they could, by David Bezmozgis

Dolled Up: American Girl teaches the economic realities of the old Lower East Side—and of today, by Daphne Merkin

Miracle on New Jersey Avenue: An unexpected profusion of gifts for six Brooklyn siblings, by Ben Birnbaum

Can’t Buy Jappiness: An illustrated memoir of Hanukkah, materialism, and materials, by Vanessa Davis

Headlights: A comedienne’s special kind of holiday cheer, by Jackie Hoffman

Anander Mol, Anander Veig: Another Time, Another Way: Tablet Magazine’s Hanukkah album, remixed versions of holiday and Jewish classics, by Marc Weidenbaum

‘Eight Days of Hanukkah’: How Orrin Hatch came to write a Hanukkah song for Tablet Magazine, by Jeffery Goldberg

Hanukkah Alegre!: A Ladino conversation group gathers for festivities, by Vox Tablet

Ocho Kandelikas: Flory Jagoda’s popular holiday song has its roots in a Bosnian village, by Vox Tablet

Sweet and Light: A well-oiled selection of Hanukkah fare—from a new twist on latkes to salads and savory ‘gelt,’ by Melissa Petitto

My Hanukkah Gift: A writer’s reflections on her olive grove and a holiday ritual, by Ruth Ellen Gruber

News & Politics:
Camp Fire: In his memoir, the famous refusenik remembered celebrating Hanukkah in the Soviet Gulag, by Natan Sharansky

Cast Lead: What the Gaza operation and dreidels have in common, by Shoshana Kordova

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Several years ago I was invited to a dinner mid afternoon gathering of maybe ten or tweleve familes in the Tampa FL area. It was called a not sure of the spelling but here goes say-da there was a reading of the story of the departing of Moses from Egypt it was in a small paper booklet in english and many copies were on the table. Each person who had a copy read a part, I was one who also had a copy and I read the part being Christian the host appoligesed how ever I feel good to have taken part. I am very courious and to what part of the Hebrew religious holidays was this and when is this holiday. Thank you for any any information. A any information as to where I could get a copy of the story would make me very happy. BOB NELSON

Is Hanukkah the most interpretable Jewish holiday? The points of view expressed in these articles present quite a few choices. Recently, I tried to capture all the differing ways people view Judah Maccabee and the Hasmoneans — again, enormous variation. I found Judah Macabee to be seen as a freedom fighter (American Revolution style) and as a defender of the Jewish State (Israeli style) but also a leader in a struggle against assimilation; I found the Jewish martyr and the Christian warrior-hero prototype and the plain military hero of Handel’s Oratorio. (You can read it here: )


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Hanukkah 2010

Collected Hanukkah coverage

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