A Hanukkah Story: Etgar Keret’s “Childish Things”

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In honor of the beginning of Hanukkah, host Marcella Sulak reads Etgar Keret’s story “Childish Things”, translated by Sondra Silverston, which takes place during the holiday.


When Lev heard that he couldn’t burn the curtain, he burst into tears and claimed that in kindergarten, they said that every day you have to light a curtain and eat eight jelly doughnuts. My wife still tried to argue that the only things that gets lit are candles and the exact number of jelly doughnuts to be eaten isn’t specified in the holiday manual. But her flimsy arguments shattered on the armor of our pyromaniac son’s
terrifying determination.

“Childish Things” by Etgar Keret. Translated by Sondra Silverston, Tablet Magazine.

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Ma’oz Tzur by Yosef Karduner

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