In 2014 Theodore Bikel wrote a Hanukkah story “The City of Light.” It was read aloud on NPR’s Hanukkah Lights by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz. It now appears for the first time as an illustrated book in time for Hanukkah 2019. In a new and expanded version with a foreword glossary and notes by Aimee Ginsburg Bikel, the book is for all readers ages 10 and up. Set in Vienna during Kristallnacht ‘The Night of Broken Glass,’ the story follows a young Jewish boy strolling through Vienna witnessing acts of anti-Semitism during the holiday of Hanukkah. At night, he dreams of a superhero Judah Maccabee defending Vienna’s Jews. When he awakes and realizes there will be no Maccabean rescue, he weeps. Years pass, the boy, now an old man, returns to Vienna and sees the Jewish community and the Temple are restored. He looks for the eternal light in his Temple and can’t find it. Then suddenly it becomes clear to him: ‘The light was there all the time it was in his own heart.’
The City of Light
- From the Publisher
January 1, 2013
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