The Hanukkah Anthology

The Hanukkah Anthology

The Hanukkah Anthology

The Hanukkah Anthology

Synopsis

Hanukkah, the eight day festival of lights, is one of the more joyous holidays in the Jewish calendar and has become among the more widely celebrated. It is particular favourite of children. Marking the first triumphant struggle ever waged for freedom of religion, Hanukkah has been a constant beacon of hope during the years fo travail in the Diaspora.

Excerpt

The Hanukkah Anthology is a successor to Hanukkah: The Feast of Lights by Emily Solis-Cohen Jr., published in 1937 by The Jewish Publication Society under the auspices of Dr. Solomon Grayzel, the noted historian and editor of JPS. The 1937 volume was the first in the Society's Sabbath and Jewish Holiday Series and set the pattern for the others that followed. It was widely used over the years and was reprinted nine times. Dr. Grayzel was also editor of the Society when I prepared The Purim Anthology (1949) and The Passover Anthology (1961), and I welcome this opportunity to reiterate my sincerest appreciation to him for his constant and helpful guidance, the benefit of his erudition, and the interest and care he evinced in these books, from the initial outline to the final production. I am further grateful to him for permission to reprint his scholarly and lucid article "Hanukkah and Its History" in this anthology.

I want to extend my thanks for their courtesies and assistance to Dr. I. Edward Kiev of revered memory, late librarian of the Hebrew Union . . .

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