Monday, December 10, 2012

Happy Hanukkah/ Joyeux Hanouka

 A dreidel and a Menorah

Hanukkah begins at sunset on December 8th, or the 25th day of the Hebrew month, Kislev. In Judaism faith, Hanukkah is celebrated for eight days. Hanukkah is the time when Jewish people remember the victory of Judah the Maccabee who fought for religious freedom. They celebrate the power of God and the faithful members of Judaism. To commemorate the rededication (hanukkah in Hebrew)  of the temple a menorah, the Hanukkah lamp, was lit. The oil was only supposed to last for one day, but it miraculously kept the menorah lit for 8 days.
Today, the eight candles of the menorah are lit one day at a time to represent the eight days of light that shone during the first rededication ceremony. Spinning a dreidel is traditionally associated with the festival.

Read this!

The Gift, by Aliana Brodman
With her Hanukkah money in her pocket, a little girl eagerly sets out to find the perfect way to spend her treasure. Will she choose a fancy hat? A new doll? A soft, gray kitten? Nothing seems just right until she hears a lovely melody from a street musician's accordion. Suddenly she knows what to do with her gift -- and in giving from her heart she receives the best gift of all.

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The Very Best Hannukkah Gift, by Joanne Rocklin
Read a chapter for each night of Hanukkah
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The Christmas Menorahs, by Janice Cohn
A story about how a town fought hate
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Latkes and Applesauce, by Fran Manushkin
A story about a family that has an abundance of affection
Latkes and Applesauce

The Ugly Menorah, by Marissa Moss
A loving and tender story about the real treasures that tie a family together

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The Miracle of the Potato Latkes, by Malka Penn
This charming Hanukkah picturebook tells the tale of Tante Golda, who makes the most delicious potato latkes in all of Russia. She loves to share them with neighbors, but because of the drought this year, she has only one tiny potato. She doesn't know how she can make latkes for her Hanukkah guests, but she has faith that God will provide. Soon He does!

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 394.2 PEN

A Hannukah Holiday Cookbook, by Emily Raabe
Find out about the celebration of Hanukkah

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641.56 RAA
Celebrating Hanukkah, by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith

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 296.435 HOY

 Chanukah/ Hanouka, by Trudy Strain Trueit
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Trudi Trueit
296.435 TRU

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