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How To Spell Chanukah: 18 Writers Celebrate 8 Nights Of Light.

Franklin, Emily (editor).

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ISBN 10: 156512538X / ISBN 13: 9781565125384
Published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, 2007
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255 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. Like New. JUDAICA. "What A Holiday! No pestilence, no slavery, no locusts, no cattle disease or atonement. No synagogue, no guilt, no mortar, no real lesson to be absorbed and passed down to my Jewish offspring. Thank God," writes Joshua Braff, one of eighteen Jewish writers who extol, excoriate, and expand our understanding of this most merry of Jeweish holidays. These essays, by Adam Langer, Tova Mirvis, Steve Almond, Eric Orner, Elisa Albert, Karen E. Bender, Laura Dave, Jennifer Gilmore, Jill Kargman, Amy Klein, Mameve Medwed, Joshua Neuman, Peter Orner, Joanna Smith Rakoff, Ben Schrank, Edward Schwarzschild, Robert Anthony Siegel and Jonathan Tropper, range from the comedic to the snarky, the poignant to the poetic, and include such topics as the jealousy experienced in December when the rest of America is celebrating Christmas (we never get to join in the reindeer games!); the problem parents have dampening their children's desire for more presents (call it Greedikah!); and the weight gain associated with eating 432 latkes in eight mights (dayenu, enought!). (Key Words: Chanukah, Hannukkah, Emily Franklin, Jewish Holidays, Latkes, Joshua Braff, Adam Langer, Tova Mirvis, Steve Almond, Eric Orner, Elisa Albert, Karen E. Bender, Laura Dave, Jennifer Gilmore, Jill Kargman, Amy Klein, Mameve Medwed, Joshua Neuman, Peter Orner, Joanna Smith Rakoff, Ben Schrank, Jews, Edward Schwarzschild, Robert Anthony Siegel, Jonathan Tropper, Emily Franklin, Judaica). Bookseller Inventory # 55553X1

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Title: How To Spell Chanukah: 18 Writers Celebrate ...

Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition..

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"What a holiday! No pestilence, no slavery, no locusts, no cattle disease or atonement. No synagogue, no guilt, no mortar, and no real lesson to be absorbed and passed down to my Jewish offspring. Thank God," writes Joshua Braff, one of eighteen Jewish writers who extol, excoriate, and expand our understanding of this most merry of Jewish holidays.

These essays, by Adam Langer, Tova Mirvis, Steve Almond, Eric Orner, and others, range from the comedic to the snarky, the poignant to the poetic, and includes such topics as the jealousy experienced in December when the rest of America is celebrating Christmas (we never get to join in the reindeer games!); the problem parents have dampening their children's desire for more presents (call it Greedikah!); and the weight gain associated with eating 432 latkes in eight nights (dayenu, enough!).

Whether your Chanukahs were spent singing "I have a Little Dreidel" or playing the "Maoz Tzur" on the piano, whether your family tradition included a Christmas tree or a Chanukah bush, whether the fights among your siblings over who would light the menorah candles rivaled the battles of the Maccabees, or even if you haven't a clue who the Maccabees were, this little book proves there are as many ways to celebrate Chanukah as there are ways to spell it.

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What a holiday. No pestilence, no slavery, no locusts, no cattle disease or atonement. synagogue, no guilt, no mortar, and no real lesson to be absorbed and passed down to my Jewish offspring. "Thank God," writes Joshua Braff, one of eighteen Jewish writers— Adam Langer, Tova Mirvis, Steve Almond, Peter Orner, and others—who extol, excoriate, and expand our understanding of this most merry of Jewish holidays and offer up nervy, irreverent, and, yes, even nostalgic takes on a holiday that has a special place in Jewish hearts  . . . and stomachs.

There are profound questions: "Chanukah unearths a debate that's been going on for centuries. Yes, I'm talking about potato latkes: grated or mashed?" (Amy Klein). There are confessions: “Perhaps here is where I should mention that my 100 percent Jewish father was—and remains—obsessed with Christmas” (Jennifer Gilmore); revelations: "Shocker of all shockers, the first Jewish governor in the United States was elected in . . . Idaho! Swear" (Jill Kkargman); and tender recollections: "You are reminded of your real gifts: a family who you get to come home to" (Laura Dave). And there's even a comic strip by Eric Orner, the mastermind behind Ethan Green.

From the hilarious to the snarky, the poignant to the poetic, this collection proves there are as many ways to spell Chanukah as there are ways to celebrate it.

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