Create a meaningful and happy Hanukkah in your homewith 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
- Celebratingfor 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.
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 JudaismYizkor, Who by Fire, Who by WaterUn'taneh Tokef, All These VowsKol Nidre and We Have Sinned: Sin and Confession in JudaismAshamnu and Al Chet (all Jewish Lights).
Table of Contents
Preface by Rabbi Harold M. SchulweisForewordUsing This Text
PART I: The Art of Hanukkah 1. What Is Hanukkah?2. The Ever-Evolving Story of Hanukkah3. The Hanukkah Ritual4. Hadlakat Neirot: Candlelighting5. Haneirot Hallalu6. Maoz Tzur7. Al Hanissim8. The Hanukkah GalleryThe MealGamesGiftsDecorationsSongs
PART II: The December Dilemmas The New RealityHilkhot ChristmasThe True Story of ChristmasWho's Celebrating?The Unique Challenges for Intermarried and Interfaith FamiliesReligious Holidays in the Public DomainConfusion in the MarketplacePseudo-Christmas and Family GatheringsJews-by-Choice and ChristmasKosher Turkey for Christmas Dinner?Solving the December Dilemmas