YourClassical Storytime

'The Lost Menorah'

YourClassical Storytime - The Lost Menorah

The silver menorah has been in Reb Noson's family for 400 years, and it’s probably even older than that. But this Hanukkah, it’s gone missing! Find out what happens next in The Lost Menorah, the latest episode of YourClassical Storytime — featuring a story by Howard Schwartz, narration by Theodore Bikel and music by the Eaken Piano Trio.

This story is excerpted from American Public Media’s Hanukkah special, Candles Burning Brightly, hosted and produced by Mindy Ratner. The program offers a delightful hour for everyone to celebrate the Jewish Festival of Lights, including lots of music from Jewish communities worldwide and a hilarious lesson on preparing a classic Hanukkah dish. Listen now!  

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Note: Although the original story of The Lost Menorah takes place many years ago, illustrator Xee Reiter says, “I took the creative freedom to modernize this story by using an urban landscape.”


Scott Robinson: Great Is the Miracle Suite
Julius Chajes: The Chassid
Louis Lewandowski: Haunerot Hallalu
David Weintraub: 8 Bright Candles
Performed by the Eaken Piano Trio
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Narrator: Theodore Bikel (with Mindy Ratner)

Story: Howard Schwartz (from Adam’s Soul: The Collected Tales of Howard Schwartz [published 1992 by Jason Aronson; now out of print]; used with the kind permission of the author; find out more at

Producer: Valerie Kahler

Illustrations: Xee Reiter

Social media producer: Inés Guanchez

Senior digital producer: Randy Salas

Production manager: Valerie Kahler

Program director: Julie Amacher

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