Door 18: Hanukkah
Task 1: Spin the dreidel to determine which book is going to be the first one you’ll be reading in the new year. Find a virtual dreidel here:
Task 2: Latkes or donuts are fried in oil to remind Jews of the oil that lasted for eight days: Fry yourself up some latkes or donuts. Share your recipe with us if they came out tasty.
Task 3: Read a book by candle light (or flashlight).
Task 4: The 6th night of Hanukkah is dubbed "Candle of Righteousness"; at this time believers are expected to make a charitable donation. Make a blessing bag or food donation to a local food bank (or another charitable donation if there is no food bank anywhere near you).
Book: Read a book about light, miracles, featuring Jewish characters, set in Israel, that is the second book in a series, with the word “two” in the title, or with a light on the cover.
Having finsished and immensely disliked Howard Jacobson's Shylock is My Name (the book features Jewish characters and, incidentally, is also # 2 in the Hogarth Shakespeare re-tellings) I am at least getting something out of the book by claiming the point for this task.
Of course, I could also have used The Merchant of Venice for this....which was an infinitely better read.