Lighting the Way to Freedom: Treasured Menorahs of Early Israel

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Overview The Hanukkah Menorah (Hanukkiah in Hebrew) has also been at the ceremonial center of recent events in American life that hold profound historic importance. Hanukkah and the lighting of menorahs have become respected facets of American culture, gracing increasingly more American public areas during the winter holidays. 'Happy Hanukkah' has become a common greeting that acknowledges Jewish identity. The giving and lighting of special menorahs has also served as gestures of frien See more details below
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The Hanukkah Menorah (Hanukkiah in Hebrew) has also been at the ceremonial center of recent events in American life that hold profound historic importance. Hanukkah and the lighting of menorahs have become respected facets of American culture, gracing increasingly more American public areas during the winter holidays. 'Happy Hanukkah' has become a common greeting that acknowledges Jewish identity.

The giving and lighting of special menorahs has also served as gestures of friendship between the US and Israel. In 1950, President Harry S. Truman, who led the world in endorsing the creation of a Jewish state, accepted a hanukkiah from then Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion. Presidents Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, William Clinton, and George H.W. Bush all publicly participated in menorah lighting ceremonies.

The hundreds of menorahs illustrated in this book are artistic gems that span the four decades surrounding the 1948 birth of Israel, from the late 1920s through the early 1970s. They represent the Golden Age of Hanukkiyot (Menorahs) produced by the craftsmen of a bygone age. The images found on these works of art go beyond the story of the Maccabees and Hanukkah. They reflect the world as seen through the eyes of Jews who experienced, first hand, the rigors of war and the pangs of birth in the land of their people.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781932687668
  • Publisher: Simcha Media Group
  • Publication date: 12/25/2006
  • Pages: 267
  • Product dimensions: 8.74 (w) x 11.04 (h) x 1.02 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2007

    WOW-- what an unusual and beautiful book!

    NOT JUST A HANUKKAH GIFT. An inspiring historical narrative illustrated with great images describing the rebirth odf a free people. Togther with the site, a great resource. Used now as the authoritative sourcebook by collectors of Menorahs the world over. Bot mostly, just a feast for the eyes!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2006

    A great photo history of the quest for freedom

    No one will be disappointed with this book. It is beautiful, informative, and timely. A winner. The author's web site services readers too - a nice bonus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2006

    An exceptional resource on early Israeli Judaica

    From kitsch to true works of art, this book documents it all with vivid photographs and meaningful explanations. This is one of the finest resources out there on early Israeli metalwork and Judaica. Not only are the works of the more familiar makers included, such as Oppenheim and Maurice Ascalon¿s Pal-Bell, but the works of dozens of very obscure makers are included as well, which adds to the books usefulness. Collectors and enthusiasts have been waiting for this for a long time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2006

    A NEW GIFT ITEM IN YEARS -- ONE OF A KIND!

    I really think you can't miss with this item as a gift to your friends of all faiths!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2006

    A Must Read for Political gurus

    The most accurate and comprehensive portrayal of Israel's history and politics of the past and present. A great resource for the facts! Also, gorgeous photos of 100s of menorahs.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2010

    Great!

    gave it as a gift and it was beautiful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2006

    BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS

    Not only a beautiful and unique tabletop art book, but also a resource for collectors and a wonderful primer on the history of freedom. Great for children -- retells the Hanukkah story and its relevance to today's world. For freedom loving people across the entire religious and political spectrum.

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