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A Great Miracle Happened There

by Karla Kuskin, Robert Andrew Parker (Illustrator)

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The history of Hanukkah is told to a Jewish family's non-Jewish neighbor. The mother explains that many of the Jews then followed Antiochus' laws because they were frightened. I suspect that many wanted to be contemporary citizens of the world. She pauses when she narrates how Mattathias killed a Jewish man and a soldier to explain that killing is wrong; her husband and the children agree. This is the first time I've seen this explanation. In fact, she says, "Even though Mattathias was angry at the terrible laws, he was wrong to kill people. Killing does not change laws; it just leads to more killing." Alas, I don't think that is what history teaches us.

The miracle of Hanukkah, is presented without commentary. It took eight days to get new oil.

We also learn that small presents, or none at all, are perfectly acceptable for the holiday. There is a discussion of what a miracle is. We learn about food for Hanukkah and what a dreidel is. ( )
  raizel | Jun 30, 2013 |
  BRCSBooks | Aug 18, 2011 |
Childrens Hanukkah Tale
  Folkshul | Jan 15, 2011 |
On the first night of Hnaukkah, a boy invites his neighbor to join his family has they light the menorah and tell the story of the holiday. Mentions Christmas, and usually the menorah is lit when everyone in the family is present, not when the sister is napping or the guests have not arrived. ( )
  HanukkahList | Dec 17, 2007 |
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At this point my mother stops talking. She looks unhappy. Then she says, "Even though Mattathias was angry at the terrible laws, he was wrong to kill people. Killing does not change laws; it just leads to more killing."
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Share the magic of Chanukah

0n the first night of Chanukah, a young boy invites a friend to his family's annual celebration. The boy's friend has never celebrated Chanukah, one of the most meaningful of the Jewish holidays, and his curiosity sparks a spirited retelling of the historic events commemorated by the Festival of Lights."Henry, a Christian boy, is invited to the home of his Jewish friend to participate in the first night of Hanukkah with the family. After the lighting of the candles and the recitation of the prayers, the boys hear the Hanukkah story about the Jews' fight for religious liberty and the miracle of the oil that lasted eight days. "Parker's unusually fluid art alternately evokes the chill of wintry urban streets and endows the past with a suitably mythic dimension. His figures seem light on their feet and full of life. The holiday spirit just radiates." -Publishers Weekly.

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On the first night of Hanukkah, a mother tells her family and a young guest the story of the holiday's origin.

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