Ever since Yehudah Hamaccabi and his small band of fighters defeated the mighty Greek army, and a tiny flask of pure oil burned miraculously for eight days, Chanukah has been known as a time of wonders. Throughout the ages, Jews all over the world have made great sacrifices in order to fulfill the mitzvah of lighting the menorah, even if it meant putting their lives in danger. In turn, the flickering candles inspired them and gave them the courage to keep their faith despite the trials they were faced with again and again. In A Tale of Two Wagons, Raizy Kessler has collected and retold a group of classic stories that take us from the small shtetl in Poland to the battlefields of World War l, from the victims of the Cossack hordes to the inmates of the Nazi camps, with tales of courage and commitment to the Chanukah lights.
by Raizy Kessler