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The Lights of Hanukkah: A Book of Menorahs Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 1, 2003

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This beautiful coffee table book displays more than 60 full-color photographs of particularly striking, beautiful or historic menorahs (including one in which eight Liberty Bells represent the independence of the Maccabees). For 2,000 years, the special eight-branched candelabrum has been a cherished and instantly recognizable symbol of Hanukkah, which marks the miracle that the Maccabees' oil lamps lasted for eight days during their struggle against the Hasmonean regime. In the book, Rush provides a helpful introduction to the observance of Hanukkah and the role of the hanukkiah, or eight-branched menorah. This is followed by an extensive gallery of photographs of menorahs, from a simple clay lamp from the 4th century A.D. to several recent examples of menorahs that appear infused with the sensibilities of modern art. This is a gorgeous gift book and informative guide to the holiday's most visible object
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Barbara Rush is the author or co-author of nine books of Jewish folklore and folktales for both children and adults, including The Book of Jewish Women's Tales (Jason Aronson) and The Diamond Tree: Jewish Tales from Around the World (HarperCollins)- the recipient of the Sydney Taylor Book Award. From the late 1960s to the late 1990s, Ms. Rush was a professional storyteller, appearing at theaters, universities, festivals, libraries, schools, and synagogues throughout the U.S., Canada, and Israel. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (October 1, 2003)
  • ISBN-10: 1584793139
  • ASIN: B000ENBS86
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 8.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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The Lights Of Hanukkah: A Book Of Menorahs presents full-color photographic celebration of more than sixty beautiful Hanukkah menorahs. These eight branch-ed lamps range from 4th-century Israel, through 14th-century Italy, and down to modern-day America. Each was crafted to especially honor and celebrate the Jewish eight-day Festival of Lights. Simple and traditional prayers for the Hanukkah celebration enhance this photographic showcase and make The Lights Of Hanukkah a beautifully presented, highly welcome and enthusiastically recommended, informatively unique contribution to personal, academic, and community library Judaic History Studies collections.
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This short book provides a great brief introduction to a wonderful world of hanukkah menorahs.Its photos are annotated with biblical text. Serious readers will find Luminous Art: Hanukkah Menorahs of The Jewish Museum a more complete, informative and bigger book, and Lighting the Way to Freedom: Treasured Hanukkah Menorahs of Early Israel to contain many more historically relevant photos.
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I purchased a copy of this book for each of my two then-bosses about ten years ago, and I never forgot it. This year, I wanted to get a friend a meaningful Hanukkah gift (last year's was tad cheesy), and was surprised to see that it is only available through third-party sellers (on Amazon, at least). My assumption is that it's out of print, and I cannot understand why.

I located a copy that was "new," and it's in good enough to condition for giving. I let my friend know it was "used," although she loved it regardless. I plan to order myself a copy, too.

The book is called a "coffee table book," because it's mainly photos with captions. It is a lovely book filled with gorgeous photos of Menorahs, from simple, rustic early 4th Century to ornately designed 17th and 18th Century to sleek, smooth 20th Century modern. There is also an introduction with the history of the Menorah, as well as songs and prayers in English and Hebrew.

A thoughtful Hanukkah gift for anyone on your list, or for anyone who appreciates the beauty, meaning, and history of the Menorah, regardless of faith.
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