Hanukkah: The Family Guide to Spiritual Celebration

Hanukkah: The Family Guide to Spiritual Celebration

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Create a meaningful and happy Hanukkah in your home—with story, celebration, food and song.

This newly-designed, easy-to-use edition of a classic spiritual sourcebook offers updated information, more family ideas, and new resources for every aspect of your holiday celebration.

Information on every aspect of Hanukkah is covered, including:

  • The story of Hanukkah
  • Celebrating—for families of every constellation
  • Songs and prayers in English, Hebrew and Yiddish (with clear transliterations)
  • Recipes for traditional and modern Hanukkah foods
  • "December Dilemmas"—coping with other traditions' celebrations
  • Firsthand explanations and ideas from real-life families around America

Hands-on advice and practical suggestions invite families into Hanukkah’s spirituality and joys, from the making of luscious latkes and Hanukkah crafts to the stories of the heroism and the miracle that are remembered every year with the lighting of the hanukkiyah.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580231220
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/01/2001
Series: Art of Jewish Living Series
Edition description: 2nd Edition
Pages: 226
Sales rank: 859,675
Product dimensions: 2.76(w) x 3.94(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Dr. Ron Wolfson, visionary educator and inspirational speaker, is Fingerhut Professor of Education at American Jewish University in Los Angeles and a cofounder of Synagogue 3000. He is author of Relational Judaism: Using the Power of Relationships to Transform the Jewish Community ; The Seven Questions You're Asked in Heaven: Reviewing and Renewing Your Life on Earth ; Be Like God: God's To-Do List for Kids ; God's To-Do List: 103 Ways to Be an Angel and Do God's Work on Earth ; Hanukkah, Passover and Shabbat, all Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs Art of Jewish Living family guides to spiritual celebrations; The Spirituality of Welcoming: How to Transform Your Congregation into a Sacred Community ; A Time to Mourn, a Time to Comfort: A Guide to Jewish Bereavement and Comfort and, with Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, What You Will See Inside a Synagogue (all Jewish Lights), a book for children ages 6 and up. He contributed to May God Remember: Memory and Memorializing in Judaism— Yizkor , Who by Fire, Who by Water —Un'taneh Tokef, All These Vows —Kol Nidre and We Have Sinned: Sin and Confession in Judaism —Ashamnu and Al Chet (all Jewish Lights).

Table of Contents

Preface by Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis
Using This Text

PART I: The Art of Hanukkah
1. What Is Hanukkah?
2. The Ever-Evolving Story of Hanukkah
3. The Hanukkah Ritual
4. Hadlakat Neirot : Candlelighting
5. Haneirot Hallalu
6. Maoz Tzur
7. Al Hanissim
8. The Hanukkah Gallery
The Meal

PART II: The December Dilemmas
The New Reality
Hilkhot Christmas
The True Story of Christmas
Who's Celebrating?
The Unique Challenges for Intermarried and Interfaith Families
Religious Holidays in the Public Domain
Confusion in the Marketplace
Pseudo-Christmas and Family Gatherings
Jews-by-Choice and Christmas
Kosher Turkey for Christmas Dinner?
Solving the December Dilemmas

Selected Bibliography


"A glance at the table of contents, from storytelling to recipes to theology, offers evidence of the author's comprehensive grasp of the family. The book is helpful to the family that strives to induct its members into the spirituality and joys of Jewishness and Judaism."-

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