Tag Archive: Chanukah

Dec 15

Traditional Chanukah treats

Brass Chanukah menorah manufactured by the Jewish Immigrants on New York's Lower East Side, c.1915. We also have one like this, inherited from my maternal grandparents.

As a child growing up in a small Midwestern American city, Chanukah held a special magic for me. My late father, who must have possessed a largely untapped creative streak, devoted many hours to creating wonderful decorations out of Styrofoam, strings of blue-and-white electric lights, and blue and silver glitter. We were the proud owners …

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Dec 01

Fish and chips: an old-new tradition for Chanukah?

Malin’s - “The World’s Oldest Fish and Chip Business,” 1972

Every once in a while I’m contacted by an aspiring author of historical fiction who wants to know how she (or he) can make the historical research faster and easier. Fortunately, the contact is usually made by email or phone; that way they can’t see me silently shake my head in dismay. Yes, we’d all like to be more efficient. But if I were to try to save time, I’d cut back on the time I spend on Facebook and Twitter. The time I spend doing historical research—even when it seems like I’m getting nowhere—usually turns out to be pure gold.