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Zigazak!: A Magical Hanukkah Night, by Eric Kimmell and John Goodell

Zigazak!: A Magical Hanukkah Night
by Eric A. Kimmel and John Goodell
(Hardcover without dustjacket, 30 pages, 2001, ISBN: 038590004X, $18.00)

ZigazakA wonderful tale for young readers about two devils that fly over the town of Brisk on a Hanukkah night.

At one house, the devils turn the children’s dreidels into creatures with arms and legs that begin to dance. At the next house they make the latkes rise from the pan and begin flying around the room. The devils continue to make trouble all over the town.

Everyone runs to seek help from the rabbi, a wise and holy man. He is able to turn the tables on the devils and get them to provide Hanukkah gelt (coins) for the children and the poor. The rabbi shows that “Nothing is completely wicked. Sparks of holiness exist in all things. Even in devils and their mischief.” He does this by recognizing what is beautiful and delightful in their tricks and thus making them good. Illustrations.

“In the most imaginative Hanukkah book this season, Kimmel peoples an old-world town with mischievous demons, easily alarmed villagers and a wise and crafty rabbi,” writes Publisher’s Weekly in a review.

“The brio of the storytelling doesn’t shy from a moral: ‘Sparks of goodness exist in all things, even in devils’ tricks.’ Goodell portrays the demons as ugly monsters, the goofy gleam in their eyes only partially dampening their scariness, and his humans are mildly grotesque. A dark palette adds to the shiver-inducing effect.”

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August 17, 2010 at 1:18 am Leave a comment

Chosen: Philadelphia’s Great Hebraica (Rosenbach Museum and Library Company of Philadelphia)

Chosen: Philadelphia’s Great Hebraica
Written by David Stern, Edited by Judith M. Guston
(Rosenbach Museum and Library, Library Company of Philadelphia)
(Paperback, 149 pages, 2005, ISBN: 0939084368, $25.00)

ChosenThis catalog, which accompanies the exhibition of the same name at The Rosenbach Museum and Library Company in Philadelphia, features 75 full-color illustrations of all the objects in the exhibition.

Read the Google Preview: Chosen of this book before you purchase it.

This catalog provides information of lasting value and interest about each of the objects and explains their place in the broader history of books and manuscripts in Hebraic language over the past millennium. Additional contributions by Evelyn Cohen and Emile Schrijver.

Objects for the exhibition have been loaned by Bryn Mawr College Library; Center for Advanced Judaic Studies Library, and Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania; Congregation Mikveh Israel; Congregation Rodeph Shalom; Free Library of Philadelphia, Rare Book Department and Education, Philosophy, and Religion Dept.; Haverford College Library; Temple Judea Museum, and Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel.

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July 21, 2010 at 10:21 pm Leave a comment

Weekly Book Special: Passover Seder: Touch, Turn, Open and Learn!

Weekly Book Special: March 22nd-28th

Next Monday is the Jewish High Holiday and festival of Passover, commemorating the Hebrews’ escape from enslavement in Egypt. Our book special this week is:


Passover Seder: Touch, Turn, Open and Learn!

by Emily Sper (Hardcover no dustjacket, 20 pages, 2003, $10.00)

Passover Seder

“Clever paper engineering turns ‘The Passover Seder’ by Emily Sper into interactive educational fun,” writes Publisher’s Weekly.

“Kids can rotate a seder plate laden with bitter herb, charoset, etc., to match each item with its English and Hebrew names (transliteration provided); pull a tab to ‘spill’ a drop of wine for each of the 10 plagues and look behind flaps to find the afikoman. “The text outlines the steps of a seder and adds bonus facts. Bold yet polished graphics ensure a strong visual appeal.”

“[This is] a great book for beginners,” writes Kyra Anderson of This Mom blog on family and wellness. “We had our very first home Passover seder last night…it was a tremendous success!”

The North American Montessori Center also lists this book under “suggested reading” about Passover.

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March 22, 2010 at 11:53 am Leave a comment


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