The Power of Light: Eight Stories for Hanukkah
Isaac Bashevis Singer
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miracles in ancient times and why doesn't He work miracles in our times?" conversation of the adults. Father pulled at his red beard. His eyes expressed indignation. "What all are you saying, generations even though Hanukkah Hindel especially is my we son? God works miracles in are not always aware of them. a feast of miracles. —you, my daughter, are named after My her- grandmother — told me the following story. In the village of Tishewitz there was a child named Zaddock.
pancakes. After Reb Isaac blessed the first light and gave coins to the children, they sat down to play dreidel. The baby, Hershele, slept in his cradle. The children of the house had prepared a gift for him a fawn made of sugar, and on its belly was the one. — inscription 'Hanukkah.' When was given to Hershele he But the fawn didn't come that night. Reb Isaac comforted Kreindl by quoting the Gemara: 'Miracles don't happen every day.' "Kreindl shook her head. 'I hope to God that Hanukkah is
order to scofif at the faithful and lead them astray. The town's healer, Nissan, who trimmed his beard and came to the syna- gogue only on the Sabbath, called the old woman a liar and warned that the little ones might catch terrible colds at the graveyard and get inflammation of the lungs. The blizzard seemed to become wilder from minute to minute. But suddenly, while the people were reciting the evening prayer, a change took place. The sky cleared, the wind subsided, and warm breezes wafted
Dreidel. It was also not necessary because that day David and Zelda decided to get married after their graduation from college. So Dreidel is still with us, always eager to learn new words and new games. When David and Zelda marry, they will take Dreidel to their new home. Zelda has often said, "Dreidel was our matchmaker." On Hanukkah he always gets a gift a mirror, a ladder, a bathtub, a swing, or a jingle bell. He has even developed a — taste for potato pancakes, as befits a parakeet
went to well. to 32] Menashe and Rachel ask the advice of the Lublin rabbi, and the rabbi said that the children should be left in peace. One Hanukkah evening the children got their Hanukkah money and ate the tasty pancakes; then they sat down and It was the sixth night of Hanukkah. Six burned in the brass lamp in the window. Until tonight Menashe and Rachel had played together with the other children. But tonight Menashe said to Rachel, "Rachel, I have no desire to play." "Neither have