By Tomie dePaola
In My First Chanukah, Tomie dePaola?s mild textual content and understated paintings supply perception and heritage into the vacation for younger readers. crowd pleasing foil lighting up the canopy!
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Peck’s dealings with Tzuref and the yeshiva coincide with the birth of his first child, and both experiences produce ambivalent emotions within him. In the conclusion, Peck finds himself wearing the man’s black suit—vowing to buy one for his newborn son—as men in white coats take him away. A satirical piece, “Eli the Fanatic” is concerned with the artifice of 1950s Jewish suburbia. Roth admonishes the citizens of Woodenton for the short-term memory that seems to have accompanied their newfound wealth and security in America.
Intentionally, these authors provide a diversity of backgrounds. Pearl Abraham comes from a hasidic background and offers a critique of a community she experienced firsthand, while Erich Segal—a liberal Jew and a professor of classics—offers an academic’s perspective on the history of hasidism. Boaz Yakin and Naomi Ragen are both from secular backgrounds but had brushes with the yeshiva/haredi world. 55 Anne Roiphe and Tova Mirvis come from quite different backgrounds—Roiphe’s was decidedly secular and Mirvis’s was Orthodox.
My attempt at even-handedness on these relationships did not assuage her grief or bitterness. Her hostility was fueled by what she saw as my apologetic for the haredim. I therefore do not expect this book to change, soften, or curb the growing polarization among American Jews. These fissures, cracks, and divisions have roots in a long debate that stretches back a number of generations. The study is also not meant to indict either side for their chosen lifestyle; nor is it meant to undermine the objections that liberal or haredi Jews may have to the religious and social behavior of others.
My First Chanukah by Tomie dePaola