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Chanukah Stories

Chanukah Stories

Chanukah Stories (2005)

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  • Distributed by: PBS
  • Cartoon Characters: Zachary "Zak Mak" Maccabee, Diz the Dreidel, Seth, Mr. Hoffman ("The Tie Man's Miracle").
    Characters, "Moishe's Miracle": Moishe, Baila, Cows, Latke Pan.
  • Originally Released in 2005 (Estimate).

  • Color
  • Running Time: 30 minutes.
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.

Cartoon Summary:

In this TV special, celebrity storytellers share two popular Chanukah tales- one which takes place on the first night of the eight-day Festival of Lights, the other on the last.

"The Tie Man's Miracle," narrated by actor Jami Gertz, celebrates the true meaning and enduring spirit of the holiday. The folktale "Moishe's Miracle," as retold by TV veteran Bob Saget, is chock-full of humor, mystery and delicious latkes.

On the eve of the first night of Chanukah, eight-year-old Zachary "Zak Mak" Maccabee longs for the holiday to begin. In a flash and a whirl, a sassy three-foot animated dreidel spins to life and leads Zak on a wild adventure into the fascinating and magical world of a Polish shtetl in the 1800s, and then whisks him forward to America in the 1960s to share a heartwarming Chanukah story of family, loss, remembrance, and believing in miracles.

"The Tie Man's Miracle" honors the enduring spirit of Chanukah. On the last night of Chanukah, seven-year-old Seth anxiously waits to light the menorah. But before he can, old Mr. Hoffman arrives at the house, selling his colorful ties, and tells Seth a story of an unforgettable Chanukah miracle. Mr. Hoffman patiently answers Seth's nosy questions, explains the Holocaust to him, and recites a legend that stretches back to his boyhood: if all nine candles on the menorah extinguish at the same time, a wish will travel "straight to the ear of God."

"Moishe's Miracle" celebrates kindness and the rebirth of the soul, not to mention delicious potato latkes.

On the eve of the eight-day Festival of Lights, Moishe's sharp-tongued wife Baila scolds her husband for his generosity with their hungry neighbors. With no money to buy eggs and flour to make traditional Chanukah latkes, the milkman escapes to the barn to sleep. In the morning, a bewildered Moishe hears his cows speak to him. The cows tell Moishe that he is the lucky recipient of a magic frying pan that can produce as many latkes as he wishes. Charitable Moishe immediately shares his good fortune with his poor neighbors from the village of Wishniak, but Baila thinks that the pan is their key to riches.

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