On the seventh night of Chanukah, Moses gave to me, the poems of Shel Silverstein. When I was younger, I gravitated towards Shel Silverstein’s poems because of the silly pictures and the silly nature of the poems themselves. In my head, I never imagined that he could be Jewish. I was the only Jewish kid in my class, and my Hebrew School class wasn’t that big. I figured that Jewish people were few and far between. Continue reading Night 7 of Chanukah: Shel Silverstien→
There are many prominent Jewish authors, and over the last seven nights, we’ve covered quite a diverse bunch. As tonight is the final night, and we light all eight (really nine) candles, I’d like to share one of my favorite collections of authors: an anthology edited by Rachel Swirsky and Sean Wallace called People of the Book.
One of my non-Jewish friends recently made a joke about Jewish holidays: “They’re all: ‘We survived; let’s eat!'” She wasn’t entirely wrong. Jews have been persecuted and attacked for thousands of years, and yet we’re still here, resilient as ever, and always ready to party down and eat.
Recent current events have brought to mind arguably the worst tragedy in Jewish history: the Holocaust. All over Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites, people are connecting Trump’s ideas to Hitler’s. It’s a scary time in our world right now — and the only way I find I can escape is through books; more specifically, comic books.
It’s that time of year again! The Geekettes plan to celebrate this year’s Festival of Lights by sharing with you some of our favorite Jewish authors and how their faith/culture influences their works. For Night One, I would like to talk about Cassandra Clare, author of The Mortal Instruments series and creator of the first famous Jewish vampire. Continue reading Night 1 of Chanukah: Favorite Jewish Authors Edition→
The shopping malls are filled with “Little Drummer Boy” and “Jingle Bells” right about now, but what do Jews listen to to get in the holiday state of mind? There aren’t a lot of Chanukah songs on the radio, but thanks to the wonders of the internet, there are some really great ones by talented singers cropping up on youtube here and there. Check out my playlist to see what I’ll be rocking out to for eight days and nights this December. Continue reading 5 Youtube Songs to Get You in the Mood for Chanukah→
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading these as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them! I don’t love how little attention Jewish characters get for being awesome characters, in the same way that female characters do. However, one female character got to be beautiful and popular and Jewish, a rarity in films.
If you’re wondering how I’m celebrating two nights of Hannukah as one, I’ll explain myself! Last night and tonight I’m writing about two women who are always referred to together. Thus, they each get their own celebration but as one article. Curious? Keep reading!
Tonight, the geeky wins out over the courageous. I’ve got a character who is so passionate about her love of musical theater, it’s hard to be friends with her if you don’t also love theater. She IS courageous in her ability to follow her heart, even though it may take patience and risks.