Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Hanukkah 2013

Happy Hanukkah to all my Jewish family and friends!

Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, begins November 27th and ends December 5th, and this year it overlaps with Thanksgiving, a rare occurence.
The last time the two celebrations occurred on the same date was in 1918.
Hanukkah celebrates a miracle that took place more than twenty centuries ago, when the Holy Land was ruled by the Greeks. The Jews defeated the Greek army and reclaimed their Holy Temple in Jerusalem. There was only enough oil to keep the candles burning for a day, but the flames burned for eight days.

This year I wrote a short Hanukkah story - Bashert – which is available for preorder as part of the Dreamspinner Press 2013 Advent Calendar Anthology, Heartwarming. 
Bashert by Gale Stanley
Is it possible to be a good Jew and a gay man?
Not for Jonah Stern. He can’t reconcile his faith with his attraction to boys, so he turns his back on Judaism. A college scholarship is Jonah’s ticket to freedom from his disapproving parents. Next step: losing his virginity to Christian, the blue-eyed blond man of his dreams.
Instead, Jonah has a fateful meeting with Aaron Blumberg and ends up celebrating Hanukkah. Aaron tells him they’re bashert—meant to be. But Jonah has doubts. He believes his lack of faith will create a wedge between them. It’s up to Aaron to bridge the gap and convince Jonah to take a leap of faith.

Available at Dreamspinner Press:

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