From Our Archives: Hanukkah, Forever New by the Forward

From Our Archives: Hanukkah, Forever New

Sebastiano Conca: ‘Alexander the Great in the Temple of Jerusalem’ (1737) / Wikimedia Commons

What follows is a Forward editorial in celebration of Hanukkah from back in December 2004, when I was editor. I was rather proud of it then, and I think the message holds up pretty well. Down at the bottom is an extra treat: a cover version of “The Many and the Few,” Woody Guthrie’s epic retelling of the Hanukkah story, ending with the words “Thank God we’re the seed of the Jews.” Don’t miss it.

Bonus: Here’s a cover version of Woody Guthrie’s epic Hanukkah ballad, ‘The Many and the Few’ (from his Coney Island years, when Woody was married to the Yiddishist radical Marjorie Greenblatt and raising a house full of Jewish children). It’s must-listening.

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J.J. Goldberg

J.J. Goldberg

J.J. Goldberg is editor emeritus of the Forward, where he served as editor in chief for seven years (2000-2007).

From Our Archives: Hanukkah, Forever New

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