Tuesday, December 02, 2008

The Book of Life Chanukah Round-Up

The Book of Life's first-ever episode was posted in December, 2005, which means that we've been podcasting for three whole years! Here are the Chanukah episodes for 2008, 2007, 2006, and 2005 in a handy-dandy flash player, so you can enjoy them all at once. Makes great background listening while you are wrapping presents or frying latkes!


Monday, December 01, 2008

Spin the Dreidel

SHOW NOTES:

The Book of Life celebrates Chanukah!

> Sylvia Rouss tells us about her Sammy Spider series of picture books, which began with Sammy Spider's First Hanukkah. We also hear about the upcoming Sammy Spider's First Simchat Torah, Sammy Spider's First Day at School, and an entry in Sylvia's "Littlest" series, The Littlest Maccabee.

> FYI: You can now download mp3 audiobooks of The Chanukah Guest, Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins, and The Magic Dreidels, read by author Eric Kimmel himself. Find them at Anansi's Store at www.ericakimmel.com.

> Musician Josh Nelson (of The Josh Nelson Project) tells us about the part he played in Craig Taubman's Lights Hanukkah concert, and about his own debut CD, Lift. Scroll down to watch a YouTube video of Josh performing L'Dor Vador during the Lights concert. And click to learn how you can get the CD of Lights, and find listings for the TV special. Note that a DVD of the concert will be available during December from many PBS stations as a pledge drive thank-you gift.

> Rabbi Ilene Schneider discusses her mystery novel, Chanukah Guilt. Protagonist Rabbi Aviva Cohen's life takes an interesting - and sinister - turn when she agrees to officiate at the funeral of an unpopular land developer. She doesn't expect to be told by two different people that he had been murdered. Nor does she expect that the first funeral will result in a suicide!

AUDIO:

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VISUAL AIDS:
Josh Nelson performs L'Dor Vador in "Lights"


CREDITS:

Our background music is provided by The Freilachmakers Klezmer String Band.

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