The Eighth Menorah by Lauren Wohl - Share a Fact or Share a Book and Win a Signed CopyThis year Hanukkah will be observed during November - the first full day in fact will be November 28. So this seemed like a great time to share a new book with readers of this blog. Lauren Wohl, a writer who has spent decades in the publishing world, has written a picture book that will focus readers on traditions of the seasons. Menorahs are an integral part of the Jewish holiday. Wohl's story focuses in on the treasured family Menorah in Sammy's family. Often children will make a Menorah for their family to use and each of them are unique and different. Elaborate Menorahs are often family treasures and are passed down, generation to generation. Wohl's story shares the importance of Menorahs (and tradition) in Sammy's family. Laura Hughes, an illustrator based in London, has created wonderfully impressive illustrations for this book.
Now comes the best part - at least for you, the reader. The publisher, Albert Whitman, has made an offer to contribute a signed copy of The Eighth Memorah to a reader of this blog. So all you have to do to be considered for the free book will be to comment on this post and give us ONE historical fact about Hanukkah or share ONE title (author, publisher, date) of one other favorite book for the Hanukkah season. That's all there is. On November 16th, I will put the names of all the comment makers in the virtual hat and identify the winner. You will be notified via e-mail (the winner's name will also be posted on this blog) and asked for your U.S. mailing address so we can send the book to you. Comment and then watch your e-mail November 16th.
COMMENTS CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT on November 15th.
So here's MY fact--(your fact does not need to be so lengthy, I just got curious about the dates. )
Thanksgiving and Hanukkah on the same date in 2013In 1863, a common date for the celebration of Thanksgiving in all states was established by President Abraham Lincoln's presidential proclamation. That year the official Thanksgiving date in all states was to be the final Thursday of November. The date in 1863 was November 26, 1863. Eventually in 1941 the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution to designate the FOURTH Thursday as the official holiday date regardless of whether or not there are four or five Thursdays in the month of November. This year that proclamation puts Thanksgiving on November 28, 1013.
November 26, 1863
November 28, 2013
These two dates are the dates of Thanksgiving but they are also the date that marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday, Hanukkah. Since the origination of Thanksgiving this aligning of the dates has only occurred twice: once in 1888, this year in 2013, and the alignment will not occur again for another 77,798 years. So clearly this will be the only time any of us will celebrate the holidays at the same time. November 28, is the first full day of Hanukkah (traditionally Hanukkah begins the previous night) and that date is also the fourth Thursday.
And just to be safe here is one of my favorite Hanukkah Latke books.
Edwards, Michelle. Papa's Latkes. Candlewick, 2004.The first Hanukkah celebration without Mama, and Papa attempts to keep the tradition of making potato latkes alive -- with mixed results.
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Update: Suzanne Costner was sent the autographed copy of Wohl's The Eighth Menorah. Congratulations Suzanne.