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Hanukkah Lights 2004

Dec 6, 2004

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Celebrate the Jewish holiday with the perennial NPR favorite, Chanukah Lights, now in its 14th year. NPR's Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz of AFI present stories exploring the traditions of the season by writers Allegra Goodman, Gloria DeVidas Kirchheimer, Laura Krauss Melmed, Ariel Dorfman and Lesléa Newman.

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'Hanukkah At Tiffany's'

Author: Lesléa Newman Newman is the author of a number of children's books, including Runaway Dreidel and Heather Has Two Mommies. In Hanukkah at Tiffany's, a girl named Malka decides to change her name, inspiring a touching story of a family's heritage.

'A Candle for Kerala'

Author: Ariel Dorfman In this story from Chilean-American novelist, playwright and poet Dorfman, a phone call to an IT support desk brings an unexpected and distant blessing to a lonely man in New York.

'Moishe's Miracle'

Author: Laura Krauss Melmed NPR stalwarts Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz play a pair of benevolent cows that bring about a miracle to the people of a small village and its modest milkman. With illustrations by David Slonim, Moishe's Miracle is published by HarperCollins.

'Nona Maccabeus'

Author: Gloria DeVidas Kirchheimer Confronted with a "hip-hop holiday," a feisty grandmother fights back with a lively dose of her Sephardic heritage in Nona Maccabeus. Kircheimer is the author of the popular story collection Goodbye, Evil Eye.

'Gifts of the Jewish Magi'

Author: Allegra Goodman The author of Kaaterskill Falls and Paradise Park offers Gifts of the Jewish Magi (with apologies to O. Henry). An aging couple rediscovers their relationship through their exchange of ironic gifts.

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