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PAGE 16A MBAF MORRISON BROWN ARGIZ & FARRA. LLP Best We hes For A Happy Chanukah/ Ira Si[ver, CPA, Partner DonaEL. Levin, CPA, Director C Mom.'son,. Brown, Argiz & Farra LLP er~inea .ublic Accountants and Consu tants Orlando Office 200 South Orange Avenue, Suite 1445. Orlando, FL 32801 Tel: (407) 237-3e00 yi Providing Quality Preventive, Esthetic and Restorative Management for the Oral Health of our Patient Family Dental Associates of Maitland, P.A. HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEM_RER 4, 2009 New Chanukah books for kids hitting the shelves By Penny Schwartz BOSTON (JTA) From all corners of the globe, to under the sea and above the skies, a new crop of children's books for Chanukah takes readers on aworldwide spin with delight- ful and informative books for kids of all ages. "Hanukkah Around the World" Tami Lehman-Wilzig, il- lustrated by Vicki Wehrman Kar-Ben; $16.95 hardcover; $7.95 paper; ages 8-11 Move over latkes, make room for precipizi. And suf- ganiyot, debla cookies and burmelos. These are among the traditional sweets eaten in Jewish homes from Italy to Israel. Tunisia and Turkey dur- ing the eight-day Festival of Lights. Recipes for the treats are featured in "Hanukkah Around the World" by Israeli- American children's writer Tami Lehman-Wilzig. The illustrated travelogue takes young readers to eight faraway places around the globe. First stop, the Israeli city of Modi'in. the ancient biblical home of the Maccabees where the Chanukah story began 2.000 years ago. Today the city comes alive to celebrate its beloved holidaywith a relay race to Jerusalem and eight days of kid-friendly festivities. Lehman-Wilzigwrites in an e- mail from her home in Israel. Each of the eight cities featured includes a short fictional story that highlights local customs, historical notes, current events and easy-to-follow recipes. Back pages include Chanukah potpourri from other locales and a glossary. The custom that most impressed Lehman-Wilzig was in Turin, where a custom connects the summertime observance of Tisha B'Av, commemorating the ancient destruction of the Temple, with Chanukah, recalling the rededication of the Temple. "It's a wonderful way to close the circle and is a custom to be cherished," she writes. "Menorah Under the Sea" Esther Susan Heller Kar-Ben, $17.95; ages 4-8 "Menorah Under the Sea" is a photo essay-style book that follows the explorations of David Ginsburg, a marine ecologist from Los Angeles who takes readers on an ad- venture to McMurdo station in Antarctica. The journal-like narrative describes how Gins- burg and his research partner, who arrived in Antarctica on the first night of Chanukah, use rubber dry suits to emerge under the treacherous waters. While collecting sea urchins and starfish for his research, Ginsburg is inspired suddenly to create a menorah on the sea floor using the neon-like sea urchins and starfish. Captured on film, and reproduced in the book, the glowing menorah is a sparkling and inspiring wonder. Notes at the book's end explain that sea urchins are invertebrates and have no central nervous system. Dur- ing Ginsburg's menorah as- sembly, readers are reassured that no animals were harmed. "The Rabbi and the Twenty-Nine Witches" Marilyn Hirsh Marshall Cavendish, $17.99; ages 4-9 This is a republication of a Jewish children's classic, by the late Marilyn Hirsh, an internationally acclaimed, award-winning artist and writer. Hirsh brings a light- hearted touch to this old leg- end from the Talmud about a cave full of witches, frightened villagers, the full moon and a wise rabbi. Her whimsical black-and-white line illustra- tions, with blue throughout, will delight readers; even the wicked witches are more slap- stick than frightening. Hirsh, who died of cancer in 1988, was a consummate professional and a uniquely talented artist, recalls the noted children's writer David Adler, who worked with Hirsh while he was an editor at the Jewish Publication Society. Adler recalls that in the early 1980s, though she was ill and hospitalized, Hirsh illustrated the JPS's 50th anniversary edition of "The Adventures of K'ton Ton," the classic Jewish children's series by Sadie Rose Weilerstein. "The Amazing Menorah of Mazeltown" Hal Dresner and Joy Fate, illustrated by Neil Shapiro Red Rock Press, $16.95; ages 4-8. When Molly and Max find an old, grimy menorah in their father's junk shop, they discover the power of the menorah to transform their dreary town in the dark days of winter. "Happy Hanukkah, Cordu- roy" Based on the character created by Don Freeman, il- lustrated by Lisa McCue Viking, $5.99; ages 6 months to 3 years. The popular, cuddly bear of the classic Don Freeman books enlists the help of his animal friends to celebrate Hanukkah, lighting the me- norah, eating latkes, singing, and playing dreidel. "A Chanukah Present for Me!" Lily Karr, illustrated by Jill McDonald Scholastic, $6.99; ages 6 months to 3 years. This brightly colored board book is packaged as a gift. Each two-board spread features a Chanukah tradi- tion with large format words and collage illustrations. There are latkes, dreidels, chocolate gelt or coins, fried doughnuts and, of course, colorful candles in a meno- rah. In the end, a smiling family celebrates. At Chanukah, lighting up the tzedakah stairway Bernard A. Kahn, D.D.S. GENERAL DENTISTRY 926 N. Maitland Avenue Maitland, FL 32751 (407) 629-4220 DIRECTLY ACROSS FROM THE JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER By Edmon J. Rodman LOS ANGELES (JTA)-- What lights the Festival of Lights? What really ignites the eight days, turning them into a hot winter glow? Is it the oil. t.he candles, the songs, the latkes, the gifts? What would you give for an answer? A gift card good enough to eat. But don't! REAL. GOOD. FOOD. This Chanukah take a bite out of your holiday shopping w~h Too Jay's Gift Cards. Available in any d:e~mi:nMiO.n: at all or ot~line at ORLANDO Colonial Marketplaza (407) 894-1718 SOUTHWEST ORLANDO The Marketplace at Dr: Phillips (407) 355-0340 EAST ORLANDO Waterford Lakes Town Center (407) 249 9475 ALTAMONTE SPRINGS Palm Springs Shopping Center (407) 830-1770 LAKE MARY Lake Mary Centre C407) 833-0848 0C0EE Shoppes of Ocoee (407) 798-2000 It's dark and I am walking to Canter's. a famous Los Angeles delicatessen, to buy a half-dozen bagels. I see by the blue and white cookies in their bakery window that it's Chanukah. Near the entrance, seated on a crate, is a guy who ap- pears to be homeless. Is this his home? As I pass he holds out a paper cup and shakes it. Coins jingle. "Any spare change?" he asks. It's an exchange that hap- pens daily in big cities and small, at the Mobil station, outside the Piggly Wiggly, in the mall parking lot, outside the restaurant. No matter where or how high up you live, it happens. It's happened to me in Beverly Hills. The question is always same: "Do you have any change?" Yet our responses vary. At Chanukah time or any- time--on the street, at your door. in the mail or online-- there are many ways you can respond to requests for tzedakah. Maimonides, the influ- ential 12th century Jewish philosopher, wrote that there are"eightdegrees oftzedakah, each higher than the next." That is. eight distinct, clarify- ing ways you can respond to human need. The degrees are like steps progressively rising; kind of an early stairway to heaven. Edmon Rodrnan Eight nights of giving, but to whom, how and how much? Maimonides shows the way. Proverbs tell us that a "mitzvah is a lamp." On Cha- nukah we can light up the nights with giving. Consider each step of the tzedakah stairway a candle that is lit each night; each light is an act of giving tzedakah, of doing justice in the world. The lowest level is giving like a Grinch, too little and with a cheapster attitude, as when a panhandler is in your face and you feel put out. "Do I look like a sucker?" you wonder. "Isn't there an agency for this?" you think. So you flip him a dime. The countering Jewish idea in play here is from Devarim, Deuteronomy: "Give to him readily," it says, "and have no regrets." The second step is the sunny side of the first--still giving too little, but with a smile. Like when a condo- lence card comes around at work and you pull a five out of your wallet when it's full of 20s. Devarim also tells us when considering the needy, "do not harden your heart and shut your hand..." How much is too little? Hey, this isn't a seasonal piece on tipping but on doing justice. Do you need an accountant to paint you a picture? The third step is giving as much as is needed, butwaiting until someone asks. A tough standard, as most of us don't give until we are approached. The idea here is to cut down on the humiliation for the asker. Today, when institutions do Chanukah on page 23A