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Book reviews By Alice McGinty
Alice B. McGinty is the award winning author of over 40 books for children. She lives in Urbana and reviews books for the Champaign-Urbana News Gazette. Her newest picture book, Rabbi Benjamin’s Buttons, is scheduled to be released in Spring, 2013.
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The Best Kids' Books to Give for Hanukkah
A favorite book for every night of the holiday
By Laurel Snyder
We are, after all, the People of the Book.
With most parenting books aimed at moms, here are some non-parenting books all about fatherhood. When I was growing up, my dad always gave me two books for Hanukkah, wrapped in pages from the previous year’s Jewish calendar. This was an important tradition at our house. I’d unfold the stiff glossy paper, adorned with a photo of a rusty spice box, and hold my breath, waiting to see what lay in store, because the books my dad chose were unpredictable. Best Chanukah books
The Hanukkah Story By Rosanne Tolin
When it is a mitzvah to choose French fries over broccoli? On the 25th day of Kislev, the start of the Hanukkah holiday!
The holiday of Hanukkah, the eight-day Festival of Lights, celebrates religious freedom. The word Hanukkah means “rededication”. It refers to the re-opening of the Jewish temple in Jerusalem after the Jews defeated the mighty Syrian army more than 2,300 years ago.
The story begins in 175 B.C.E., when Antiochus IV became king of Syria, the country that ruled over Judea (now Israel). Antiochus insisted the Jews pray to the Greek gods. Those that refused to give up their belief in one God were tortured or killed. Angry Jews smashed the idols they were forced to worship. Many left their homes and belongings, and escaped to the mountains where they lived in caves. Full Story
Sinai Temple Gift Shop Chanukah Showcase
Chanukah Showcase in the Davis Chapel
Sunday, Dec 4th, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM
Sunday, Dec 11th, 9:00 AM-2:00 PM
Wednesday, Dec 7th, 4:00-7:00 PM,
Thursday, Dec 8th, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
After Dec 11th, we will be open in the Gift Shop
Open By Appointment: Dec 19th through Dec 23rd.
EVERYTHING you'll need to observe and celebrate Chanukah---menorahs, candles, dreidels, other Chanukah merchandise and gifts. Even nut-free chocolate Gelt available!
History of Chanukah
The events that inspired the Hanukkah holiday took place during a particularly turbulent phase of Jewish history. Around 200 B.C., Judea—also known as the Land of Israel—came under the control of Antiochus III, the Seleucid king of Syria, who allowed the Jews who lived there to continue practicing their religion. His son, Antiochus IV Epiphanes, proved less benevolent: Ancient sources recount that he outlawed the Jewish religion and ordered the Jews to worship Greek gods. Full story