Hanukkah Lights 2004

Listen: Hear 'Hanukkah Lights,' an Introduction

Chanukah lights

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.

'Gifts of the Jewish Magi'

Allegra Goodman
Keller & Keller

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.

Listen: Listen to 'Gifts of the Jewish Magi'

'Nona Maccabeus'

Gloria DeVidas Kirchheimer
Gabe Kirchheimer

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.

Listen: Listen to 'Nona Maccabeus'

'Moishe's Miracle'

Laura Krauss Melmed
Thomas W. Radcliffe

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.

Listen: Listen to 'Moishe's Miracle'

'A Candle for Kerala'

Ariel Dorfman
Rodrigo Dorfman

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.

Listen: Listen to 'A Candle for Kerala'

'Hanukkah At Tiffany's'

Lesléa Newman
Mary Vazquez

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.

Listen: Listen to 'Hanukkah At Tiffany's'



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor

Support comes from