The Art of Hanukkah
by Nancy M. Berman

A visual assemblage of the most festive Menorahs and other ceremonial objects celebrating the joyous Festival of Lights.

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One of the most joyous weeks in the Jewish year is when families gather together every night for eight evenings to celebrate the festival of Hanukkah. Jews the world over celebrate this holiday of freedom with the lighting of the Hanukkah menorah while children spin a top called a dreidel, and eat sweet, sticky sufganiyot (jelly donuts) and delicious potato latkes (pancakes) with applesauce. Presents are exchanged, and the story of Hanukkah is retold through songs and prayers.

The Art of Hanukkah, through its selection of forty-eight masterpieces of holiday ceremonial and fine art, tells the story of the desecration of the holy Temple, its subsequent reclaiming and rededication, and the miracle of the single, tiny cruse of oil that continued to provide light for eight days.

From individual oil lamps, to medieval creations, through the sumptuous flourishes of Baroque decorations, to contemporary times, these Hanukkah menorahs reflect the adaptability of Jewish culture throughout the Diaspora.

Menorahs, paintings, dreidels--all the wonderful elements of the celebration of Hanukkah from around the world and throughout the centuries have been brought together in this one marvelous book. Clear, insightful, and thought-provoking commentaries by Nancy M. Berman, director of the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, makes this book a perfect complement to the holiday. Add latkes and sufganiyot and this joyous holiday celebration is complete!

9 x 12 in., 128 pages
ISBN: 0-88363-369-8

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