The Power of Light: Eight Stories for Hanukkah by Isaac Bashevis Singer

By Isaac Bashevis Singer

8 stories via Nobellaureate Isaac Bashevis Singer--one for every evening of the Hanukkah celebration--tell of an international within which miracles aboundl, love triumphs, and religion prevails. Full-color photographs all through.

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But Menashe and Rachel were so very deeply attached to each other that no one could keep them ones, it's who apart. Menashe was not only good at studying the Torah but also talented with his hands. All the other children got tin dreidels Hanukkah, but Menashe carved two wooden ones for Rachel and himself. When Menashe was telling stories, even the grownups came to listen. Not only Rachel, but all the children in the poorhouse were eager to hear his stories. Some his mother had told him when she was still alive.

All the stores had been destroyed in the bombing, and David sometimes found stale bread, cans of food, or whatever else had been buried. Making his way through the ruins was dangerous. Sometimes bricks and mortar would fall down, and he could easily lose his way. But if he and Rebecca did not want to die from hunger, he had to take the risk. That day was one of the coldest. Rebecca sat on the ground wrapped in all the garments she possessed; still, she could not get warm. David had left many hours before, and Rebecca listened in the darkness for the sound of his return, knowing that if he did not come back nothing remained to her but death.

There was no fire insurance in those years. Then Sarah became ill. There was no doctor or druggist in Bilgoray. There were only three remedies for people to apply leeches, cups, and bleeding. If these three didn't help, nothing more could be done. Sarah died and left three orphans, a boy by the name of Mannes and two younger girls, Pessele and Etele. "Not long after Sarah's death, Falik himself became mortally sick. He grew pale and emaciated, and after a while he became bedridden and it seemed he would never recover.

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