A Confused Hanukkah

A Confused Hanukkah : An Original Story of Chelm

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Hanukkah is fast approaching in the village of Chelm, but the Rabbi is away. Unfortunately, not one of the villagers remembers how Hanukkah is supposed to be celebrated. So they send Yossel, a simple young man, to the neighboring village to learn what he can. Yossel makes a wrong turn, but he does find some people celebrating a holiday. The question is: Is it the right holiday? This original story, based on the legendary town of fools, is perfect for interfaith families and anyone looking for a good chuckle at holiday time.show more

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  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 40 pages
  • 213.4 x 269.2 x 15.2mm | 362.88g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • E P Dutton & Co Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0525469699
  • 9780525469698

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Hanukkah is approaching, the Rabbi's out of town, and the villagers have forgotten how to celebrate, so they send Yossel to the next town to find out what the traditional observance entails. Yossel unknowingly ends up in a Christian town that's in the midst of preparing for Christmas and learns that they observe "the holiday" with tree decorating. This jars a memory as Yossel recalls the festival of lights, while the man he meets tells him it's more like the festival of presents, food, and the fat man in a velvet suit. Returning to his town, Yossel convinces everyone to prepare for Hanukkah by decorating a tree with matzo balls, dreidels, and menorahs and dressing the fat Shmuel in a blue velvet suit, "Oy, Oy, Oy." The Rabbi returns to this uncertain scene, recounts the story of the Maccabees, and reminds the villagers of the traditional Hanukkah customs as they all celebrate together. Like Eric Kimmel's The Chanukkah Tree (1988), this version attempts an unnecessary dual approach to the holiday season. Schindler's comical rendition captures the Eastern European environment; however this is needless folly even for Chelm. (Folktales. 6-9) (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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