In anticipation of the last night of Hanukkah this evening, we share a cover page from a December 1941 edition of The Modern View, A Weekly Journal of Modern Jewish Life and Thought that is one of the treasures we have in the stacks here at Central Library. In that year the 1st night of the festival of lights coincided with the 150th anniversary of the Bill of Rights (now an even more mature 225 years old). Our room has materials on Judaism and its celebrations and holy days (see, for example, The Book of Customs and others at or around #Dewey 296.43) as well as the important liberties enshrined in the first ten commandments to the U.S. Constitution (see this list for a few titles).
Our room also subscribes to The Forward and the St. Louis Jewish Light. Please visit us to keep up with current events and issues in the local and national Jewish communities, to learn about this and other faiths, or just to admire our beautiful ceiling.
Stay tuned in this space for more explorations of The Modern View and other treasures from the SLPL stacks.
Chag Urim Sameach! (Happy festival of lights!)