Chanukah: The Missing Menorah Teaches Kids Chanukah History and Tradition
Appropriately, the number of the day is “8” on Shalom Sesame’s Chanukah: The Missing Menorah, a DVD that explains many Chanukah traditions. This episode revolves around Anneliese’s family menorah, which was knocked out of her hands when she was caught in the middle of a game of tag. The Shalom Sesame gang—except Moishe the Grouch, of course—team together for a musical menorah search.
Videos in Chanukah: The Missing Menorah include a boy learning the ancient way to make olive oil for his menorah and introducing viewers to traditional foods; a girl who shares her Chanukah traditions, music, and party; Debi Mazar introducing a dreidel; and children explaining the significance of the dreidel and discussing some of their favorite Chanukah foods. The latkes in this episode are enough to make one’s mouth water—it’s a treat that’s hard to find in the South. Three Muppets play and sing “The Dreidel Song,” and enjoy Chanukah gelt.
There’s enough learning going on not to be painful as Judah Maccabee gets the star treatment in a “Veronica Monica” cartoon exploring the history of Chanukah, and as a Muppet in “Extreme Makeover: Temple Version.” In Grover’s travel segment, he visits ancient caves and tells of their significance. These are not hole-in-the-ground caves, but beautiful underground structures from Maccabean times.
Chanukah: The Missing Menorah is an entertaining DVD for both Jewish and non-Jewish families, offering personal and historical perspectives on this major holiday—a favorite of many Jewish children. Extra features include a karaoke-style sing-along, a trailer, sneak peeks, and “Grover’s Video Player” featuring “Aleph-Bet Song,” a short alphabet animation.