Synopses & Reviews
The observance of Hanukkah as a time of freedom and miracles resonates strongly with Jews today as in centuries past, and the Hanukkah lamp is central to the celebratory ritual. The importance of the Hanukkah lamp is reflected in the collection of The Jewish Museum in New York: its 1,022 lamps represent the largest assemblage of Hanukkah lamps in the world. This publication presents the Museumand#8217;s unparalleled collection in its entirety. Remarkably expressive and varied, these lamps are a revelation for anyone interested in Jewish culture, history, and the beauty and diversity of these beloved traditional objects.
"This book has been published in celebration of the centennial of the Jewish Museum, which was founded in 1904."
The Jewish Museumand#8217;s collection of 1,022 Hanukkah lamps and menorahs is the most extensive in the world and reveals the beauty and diversity of these beloved traditional objects. This beautiful book showcases the Museumand#8217;s entire collection, presenting lamps crafted over the last five centuries from a variety of cultures and continents.
About the Author
Susan L. Braunstein
is curator of archaeology and Judaica and head of the Judaica Department at The Jewish Museum in New York. She is also adjunct instructor of Jewish art and material culture at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. She is coeditor of Getting Comfortable in New York: The American Jewish Home, 1880and#150;1951
and coauthor of Israel in Antiquity: From David to Herod.