Let’s be honest; by the sixth night of Hanukkah, the magic can wear thin.
Yet Deborah De Costa’s beautiful children’s book Hannukkah Moon reminds us that the sixth night of Hanukkah is a particularly special night of the holiday. The title refers to the appearance of the new moon on the sixth night, signalling the arrival of the Jewish month of Tevet. Jewish tradition celebrates each new month with additional prayers and historically giving women a half day off to connect with the cycles of the moon. In that sense, the sixth night should be doubly important. De Costa’s take goes beyond ancient traditions and adds a wonderful and inspiring dimension to the sixth night. Read the rest of this entry →