Hanukkah 2021

By Candice Chaplin | August 17 2021 | DiversityNonfictionHolidaysPromo Opportunity

The “Festival of Lights,” one of Judaism’s special events though not a biblical holiday, takes place in 2021 from sundown 11/28 – sundown 12/6. The eight-day celebration commemorates a Jewish victory in the second century B.C. over Greek-Syrian oppressors who sought to force the Jewish community to assimilate. It is NOT the “Jewish Christmas,” though there are some similarities. Both holidays celebrate light during a season of darkness, with symbolic candle lighting either from the branches of trees or from a menorah. Both Hanukkah and Christmas are shaped around messages of hope and miracles, a time of wonder meant to bring families together.

Hanukkah is probably the Jewish holiday most non-Jews know. But just because it’s the most well-known Jewish celebration doesn’t mean it’s the most important. In fact, Hanukkah isn’t even considered a “high holiday”. Instead, events on the Jewish calendar like Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur are considered holy days with spiritual traditions that are deeply ingrained in the Jewish community. (RosettaStoneBlog.com)

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The Jewish Book of Why
978-0-14-219619-9
Why do Jews eat gefilte fish?Why is a glass broken at the end of a Jewish wedding ceremony?Why must the chapter of curses in the Torah be read quickly in a low voice?Why are shrimp and lobster not kosher?Why do Jews fast on Yom Kippur?Why are some Matzot square while others are round?If you've ever asked or been asked any of these questions, The Jewish Book of Why has all the answers. In this complete, concise, fascinating, and thoroughly informative guide to Jewish life and tradition, Rabbi Alfred J. Kolatch clearly explains both the significance and the origin of nearly every symbol, custom, and practice known to Jewish culture-from Afikomon to Yarmulkes, and from Passover to Purim. Kolatch also dispels many of the prevalent misconceptions and misunderstandings that surround Jewish observance and provides a full and unfettered look at the biblical, historical, and sometimes superstitious reasons and rituals that helped develop Jewish law and custom and make Judaism not just a religion, but a way of life. L'chaim!
$18.00 US
Mar 04, 2003
Paperback
Penguin Books
World

Old Jews Telling Jokes
5,000 Years of Funny Bits and Not-So-Kosher Laughs
978-0-345-52235-1
Like Born to Kvetch and Yiddish with Dick and Jane, this is an intelligent yet hysterically funny celebration of Jewish language and culture.
$18.00 US
Sep 07, 2010
Paperback
Villard
US, Canada, Open Mkt

King Solomon's Table
A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking from Around the World: A Cookbook
978-0-385-35114-0
From the James Beard Award-winning, much-loved cookbook author and authority: an around-the-world collection of recipes from the global Jewish diaspora--an essential book of cooking and culture.
$40.00 US
Apr 04, 2017
Hardcover
Knopf
US, Canada, Open Mkt