296.4350973: Ashton, Dianne. Hanukkah in America: A History. New York: New York University Press, 2013. 278 pp. ISBN 978-0-8147-0739-5.
- 200: Religion
- 290: Other religions
- 296: Judaism
- 296.4: Traditions, rite, and public services
- 296.43: Festivals, holy days, and fasts
- 296.435: Hanukkah
- +0973: United States
Hanukkah is one of the oldest religious observances still extant and celebrates the re-dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean revolts during the 2nd century BCE. It begins on the 25th day of Kislev in the Hebrew calendar and continues for eight nights and days. For almost two thousand years, it was a solemn occasion replete with songs, rituals, and reflection. But, like all things, when Jewish populations increased in the United States, it became a much more diverse and interesting event. Dianne Ashton’s Hanukkah in America is a look at how changes in America’s social landscape intertwined with and transformed Hanukkah forever.