Wednesday, November 27, 2013


It hasn't happened since 1888, and it won't happen again for another 70,000 years, (depending who you listen to) so pay attention because Thanksgiving 2013 converges with Hanukkah 5774, and Jews and Non-Jews alike will all observe Thanksgivukkah.

Here are some links for more information:

So check out these Hanukkah materials from your MCPL library:

Hanukkah in America: a history - Diane Ashton
Ashton shows the different ways we celebrate Hanukkah, not only between the United States and other countries, but among the many regions of our country.

Jewish holiday cooking: a food lover's treasury of classics and improvisations - Cohen, Jayne.
Divided into chapters covering specific holidays, Cohen provides recipes for both traditional and new dishes, all kosher, and even vegan dishes. She includes important rituals and personal reminiscences. Perfect for the newly converted!

How to spell Chanukah : 18 writers celebrate 8 nights of lights - Franklin, Emily.
On this happiest of Jewish holidays, writers wax nostalgic about past Chanuakahs, whether they actually celebrated Christmas as well, how much weight gain is involved in eating pounds and pounds of latkes and much more. This is a good book to pass around the Thanksgiving table this year.

The lights of Hanukkah : [a book of menorahs] - Rush, Barbara.
You cannot imagine how many types of menorahs there are as Rush shows menorahs throughout the years.

H̲anukkah : the family guide to spiritual celebration - Wolfson, Ron.
The second edition of this classic manual to help families celebrate this holiday in a memorable way.

Oy Chanukah! [sound recording] - Klezmer Conservatory Band.
The Klezmer Conservatory Band delivers a rousing musical accompaniment to candle lighting. You’ll be dancing around the Thanksgiving table this year as well.

And while you're at it, learn about the real history of Thanksgiving as well:
Thanksgiving 101 : celebrate America's favorite holiday with America's Thanksgiving expert - Rodgers, Rick
A go-to reference for experienced as well as novice Thanksgiving planners.

America's hidden history : untold tales of the first Pilgrims, fighting women, and forgotten founders who shaped a nation - Davis, Kenneth C.
Davis puts together a collection of stories surrounding the myth of the Pilgrims, their relationship with the Indians and many other surprising facts about American history.
Mayflower : a story of courage, community, and war - Philbrick, Nathaniel.
National Book Award winning author covers the Mayflower crossing and the hard, cruel life in early Massachusetts.

A great & godly adventure : the Pilgrims & the myth of the first Thanksgiving - Hodgson, Godfrey.
Hodgson reviews the real history of the first Thanksgiving and looks at the Pilgrims in a different light.

The Thanksgiving ceremony : new traditions for America's family feast - Bleier, Edward
A lovely idea to create a Thanksgiving ceremony around the table, including a little history and something for every member of the family. (Sounds almost like a Passover seder!)

And what would Thanksgiving be without a recipe for leftover turkey: Turkey Matzo Ball Soup!

Have a memorable Thanksgivingukkah!!

Lisa N.

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