Friday, December 18, 2020

The Trove of Hanukkah Treasures In New York City's Public Collections

By Valentina Di Liscia
Larry Kagan, "Menorah Memories,​ Troy, New York" (1981-82) in the Jewish Museum's collection, welded steel scraps, 20 3/4 × 19 1/2 × 3 7/8 in. (52.7 × 49.5 × 9.8 cm), The Jewish Museum, NY, Purchase: Contemporary Judaica Acquisitions Committee Fund, 2016-44 (image courtesy of the Jewish Museum)
Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish festival that commemorates the reconsecration of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem over 2,000 years ago, began at sundown yesterday, December 10. In New York, the holiday held special significance to waves of Jewish newcomers in the 20th century, many of them from Eastern Europe, who saw an opportunity to celebrate their faith in a way that had not been possible in their home countries. (Though some Jewish people have pointed out that other holidays, primarily Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Passover, are more important from the perspective of religious observance.) [More