Celebrate Hanukkah with Light, Latkes, and Dreidels

Celebrate Hanukkah with Light, Latkes, and Dreidels

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by Deborah Heiligman
     
 

In Celebrate Hanukkah Deborah Heiligman welcomes readers to a holiday celebrated by Jewish communities around the world.

The vivid photography of National Geographic illustrates the joyous celebrations of Jewish people around the world—including Ghana, Uganda, India, Israel, Peru, the United States and Poland, as they light menorahs, spin dreidels,

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In Celebrate Hanukkah Deborah Heiligman welcomes readers to a holiday celebrated by Jewish communities around the world.

The vivid photography of National Geographic illustrates the joyous celebrations of Jewish people around the world—including Ghana, Uganda, India, Israel, Peru, the United States and Poland, as they light menorahs, spin dreidels, and make latkes.

The richly informative back matter details many facts, such as the story of U.S. astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman, who brought a menorah and a dreidel on his Space Shuttle mission in 1993. Hoffman observed the traditional spinning of the dreidel, but wisely left the menorah unlit in the proximity of several thousand liters of rocket fuel! Also included are the author's sure-to-please latke recipe, Hanukkah blessings, and a Hanukkah song.

A note from Rabbi Shira Stern, the book's consultant, sets the holiday in its global religious and cultural context.

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"...The main text is succinct and appropriate for reading aloud… An attractive, informative title that will be welcomed in any library."—Booklist
Children's Literature - Debbie Levy
Part of National Geographic's "Holidays Around the World" series, this colorful volume is distinguished by its photographs of Jews of various nationalities and different skin colors—from India to Peru to Uganda—celebrating Hanukkah. It is a celebratory collection of images, with brief text that remarks on the modern highlights of the holiday—lighting the menorah, singing, eating foods fried in oil, and playing with the spinning top known as a dreidel. Back matter includes the traditional Hanukkah prayers (in English), a recipe for the traditional Hanukkah potato pancakes, or latkes, and a description of the dreidel game. In two instances in the text, Heiligman relates stories about Hanukkah's history that may not be factual, but fails to alert readers to conflicting versions of history. In her discussion about why Jews celebrate the holiday for eight nights and days, she asserts as undisputed fact that the original celebrants—the Jews who reclaimed the temple in Jerusalem some 2,100 years ago, after the Maccabees' victory over the armies of King Antiochus—celebrated for eight days because that is the length of the harvest festival, Sukkot. Although this is one theory of the eight days, scholars and historians hold differing views as well. Heiligman also states as fact that in ancient times, when oppressed Jews used to study their religion in secret, when soldiers from the oppressive government came upon them, the Jews would pull out their dreidels and pretend they were just playing a game. That is one story, or legend, about the origins of the dreidel game. Other historians say it is more likely the game is based on European betting games from medieval times.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780792259244
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
10/10/2006
Series:
Holidays Around the World Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,520,879
Product dimensions:
8.81(w) x 10.29(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Deborah Heiligman is the award-winning author of 15 children's books. She specializes in simplifying complex subjects for young people, particularly in the areas of science and social studies. She lives in New York City.

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