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PAGE 16A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 12, 2014 By Penny Schwartz BOSTON (JTA)--Back in 1984, when Eric Kimmel was an up-and-coming children's book author, he tried his hand at a Chanukah story, one featuring goblins. Overly cau- tious Jewish editors rejected the manuscript, not knowing what to make of it, Kimmel recalled. "It was strange. It didn't look like any other Chanukah books and didn't fit into any neat category. It wasn't a folk tale and itwas kind of creepy," he told JTAwith his signature sense of humor and tell-it- like-it-is manner. Kimmel tucked the story away in a drawer for a while. Years later, some keen- eyed editors, first at Cricket magazine and later at Holiday House, took a chance on Kim- mel's offbeat tale, "Hershel and the Chanukah Goblins," illustrated by the late ac- claimed artist Trina Schart Hyman. The book was recognized with a 1989 Caldecott Honor and went on to win a place in the hearts and homes of Jew- ish and non-Jewish families, schoolteachers and librarians across the country. "Hershel" has been in print ever since. Now, in time for Chanu- kah, the eight-day Festival of Lights that begins this year on the evening of Dec. 16, Holiday House has issued its 25th an- Glickstein • Laval • Carris ° P.A. CERT FED PUBL C .~CCOUNTANTS Wish Our Clients and Friends a Happy Chanukah 220 E. CENTRAL PARKWAY, SUITE 1040 ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FL 32701 PHONE: (407) 645-4775 • FAX: (407) 629-1606 www.glccpa.com Harriett & Shelley Lake IITL Providing Quality Preventive, Esthetic and Restorative Management for the Oral Health of our Patient Family Dental Associates of Maitland, P.A. 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 niversary edition of"Hershel and Chanukah Goblins," with a new afterword by Kimmel and Holiday House publisher John Briggs, who brought the book to light. And Kimmel has a new Chanukah tale out this year, "Simon and the Bear." As"Hershel and Chanukah Goblins" opens, a wandering poor Jewish man named Her- shel arrives in a Jewish village on a snowy day at the start of the holiday. For years, the townsfolk have been scared off by goblins from celebrat- ing Chanukah, they tell him. The evil doers blow out the Chanukah candles, break the dreidels and throw the latkes on the floor, they bemoan. But Hershel tells the rabbi he is not afraid. "If I can't outwit a few goblins, then my name isn't Hershel of Ostropol," Hershel says. Each of the eight Chanukah nights, Hershel outwits the goblins, one more menacing than the next. In the end, with clever maneuvers and quick thinking, he breaks their evil spell and returns the Festival of Lights back to the townsfolk with a triumph to match the holiday's own miracle. Growing up, Kimmel en- joyed hearing stories of Her- shel of Ostropol from his storytelling grandmother. He sees the folk character as a hero among the people, the opposite of the fools of Chelm. Hershel has street smarts, is practical and takes on the mighty and powerful. "He's surviving day to day and using his wits," Kimmel says. The book was hailed as a perfect match between the master storyteller and Schart Hyman, whose vibrant paint- ings set the tone with dark- ened scenes illuminated by the golden glow of the Chanukah _ candles and shiny geit coins. In addition to the strong pairing between art and story, "Hershei and the Chanukah Goblins" is considered a classic because of Kimmel's ability to tell a mesmerizing story, says Anita Silvey, the author of "100 Best Books for Children" and "Everything I By Ruth Abusch Magder SAN FRANCISCO (MyJew- ishLearning.com)--Chanu- kah is observed with joy and celebration in Jewish com- munities around the world. There ate eight nights of lights and blessings the world over, but there are also many ways that different communities make the holiday uniquely their own. Here are eight customs and ideas to help you make your celebration just a little more global. • In Alsace, a region of France, double-decker Cha- nukah menorahs were com- mon with space for 16 lights. The two levels, eachwith spots for eight lights, allowed fa- thers and sons to join together as they each lit their own lights in one single menorah., • There is a custom of plac- ing your menorah in a place where people will be able to view the lights burning and appreciate the miracle of the holiday. In some Jerusalem Need to Know I Learned From a Children's Book." "Readers from different backgrounds learn about Jewish culture, but what pulls them along is a story," Silvey wrote in an email. Kimmel, 68, who was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., has gone on to win two Na- tional Jewish Book Awards and the Sydney Taylor Award for Jewish children's books. He recalls a letter from a young reader with a Latino background who said Hershel was his favorite Halloween story. Kimmel says he receives many requests for permission to turn the story into theatrical productions. "I am always flattered," he says. Kimmel says "Simon and the Bear" (Disney Hyperion; ages 3-6) may be his bestwork. It's a charming, witty, feel- good adventure based on a sad story that Kimmel read about the sinking of the Titanic. The book was illustrated by Matthew Trueman. Here are some other "new Chanukah books for children: "Beautiful Yetta's Hanuk- kah Kitten" Daniel .Pinkwater, illus- trated by Jill Pinkwater Macmillan ($17.99), ages 3-8 A fun-filled collaboration between the Pinkwaters--the humorist Daniel and his artist wife, Jill -- will enliven Cha- nukah in this new Yetta the Yiddish-speaking chicken tale. Yetta's flown the coop from a Brooklyn poultry market and takes upwithacast of nest mates who jest in English and Yiddish translations.Alost kittenin need of care leads them to celebrate Chanukahwith awarmhearted grandmother. The large-format pages sparkle with brilliant and entertainingcolor illustrations. "The Dreidel That Wouldn't Spin" Martha Self Simpson; illus- trated by Durga Yael Benhard Wisdom Tales ($16. 95); ages 5 and up In this beautifully illus- trated tale set in the old world, the keeper of a toy shop offers a mysterious dreidel to a young boy from a poor family. The boy's humility emits a small miracle from the special "The Night Before Hanuk- dreidel. An author's note ex- kah" plainstheholiday, dreidelsand Natasha Wing; illustrated how to play the dreidel game. by Amy Wummer "Here is the World: A Year Grosset & Dunlap ($3.99); of Jewish Holidays" ages 2-5 Leslea Newman; illustrated This rhyming Chanukah by Susan Gal story for young kids is Natasha Abrams Books for Young Wing's newest entry in her Readers ($18.95); ages 4-7 best-selling series of "night- A lavish and brightly il- before" books. Rhymes and lustrated book by the award- illustrations are lively as the winning writer Leslea New- story followsa familycelebrat- man lyrically rhymes its way ing Chanukah and retelling a through the Jewish holidays, simple version of the holiday includingChanukah.Endpag- story. esexplainJewishcustomsand "Miracle for Shira: a Cha- holidays and include recipes, nukah Story" including fried potato latkes GaliaSabbag;illustratedby for Chanukah. A perfect Cha- Erin Taylor nukah gift for young readers. Available on www.shira- "Latke, the Lucky Dog" series.corn ($12; also ebook EllenFischer;illustratedby through Amazon.corn); ages Tiphanie Beeke 4-8 Kar-Ben($17.95hardcover; This entryinaseries by Galia $7.95 paperback); ages2-7 Sabbag, a longtime Jewish A newly adopted dog from a educator, features the spunky shelter is a family Chanukah and curious Shira Searching gift that delights a young for her new unusual dreidel brother and sister. Latke, the sent by her aunt in Israel dog, feels very lucky to be that is lostat school. Hebrew living with the loving family, words, written also in English, but in innocence he gets into are sprinkled throughout the mischief and threatens tospoil text. Erin Taylor's large format, the. Chanukah celebrations, animation-like illustrations The story, told from Latke's enliven the story that's a good perspective, will delight dog- read for kids in Jewish and loving kids. religious schools. neighborhoods, spaces are cut made necklaces from Uganda, would attract the notice of into the sides of buildings so challah covers from Ghana or Muslimneighbors.Insteadthey people can display them out- kipot from China. would fill little plates with oil side. Historically in countries ° In Santa Marta, Colom- and set them near each other. like MorrocoandAlgeria, and bia, the new Jewish commu- If neighbors stopped by, they even some communities in nityChavurahShiratHayyam could simply make the meno- India, it was customary to has started its own traditional rah disappear by spreading the hang a menorah on a hook Chanukah recipe: Instead of plates around the house. on a wall near the doorway eating fried potato latkes, • The rich culinary tradi- on the side of the door across they eat Patacones, or fried tions of the Moroccan Jewish from the mezuzah, plantains, community know not of po- • In Yemenite and North • The Jewish communities tatolatkesorjellydoughnuts. African Jewish communities, in Ethiopia and parts of India Rather they favor the citrusy the seventh night of Chanu- splitofffromthe larger Jewish flavors of the Sfenj doughnut, kah is set aside as a particular community in ancient time whichwas madewith the juice women's holiday commemo- before Chanukah was estab- andzestofanorange.Notably, ratingHannah,whosacrificed lished as a Jewish holiday, from the early days of nation seven sons rather than give They only began celebrating building in Israel, the orange in to the Greek pressure to Chanukah in modern times, cametobeassociatedwiththe abandon Jewish practice, and whentheircommunitieswere holiday of Chanukah as the in honor or Judith, whose reunited with other Jewish famedJaffaorangescameinto seduction and assassination communities, season in time for the holiday of Holofernes, the Assyrian • In 1839, thousands ofJews celebrations. emperor Nebuchadnezzar's fled Persia, where the Muslim Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Mag- top general, led to Jewish authorities began forcibly der, PhD., is the rabbi in military victory, converting them, and settled residence at Be'chol Lashon • Gift giving at Chanukah in Afghanistan. While some and the editor of the blog time is primarily a North of them lived openly as Jews, Jewish&.A culinary historian American custom, but it is othershidtheirJewishidentity, and mother of two, she lives easy to make it global by When Chanukah time cameand meditates in San Fran- gifting Jewish items made around, they would not light cisco. Follow her on Twitter around the world like hand- a special menorah for fear it @rabbiruth.