The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes, by Linda Glaser, illustrated by Nancy Cote. The story actually takes place on the last night of Hanukkah, when Rachel’s mother is making latkes and gets a call that more relatives are coming. There won’t be enough latkes, and there aren’t enough potatoes to make more, so Rachel volunteers to borrow more potatoes from a neighbor. Rachel wants Mrs. Greenberg to join them for dinner, but Rachel’s mother says Mrs. Greenberg will say no. “She thinks she’d be a bother. She’s as stubborn as an ox.” Sure enough, Rachel’s mother was right.
But then Mama needs eggs, and again Rachel runs next door to borrow and to invite. “Borrow? Don’t borrow. Use them in good health,” Mrs. Greenberg says generously. But she still won’t come to dinner.
Even when Rachel goes back to borrow chairs, she can’t persuade Mrs. Greenberg to come to dinner. But Rachel is stubborn, too—and clever. I won’t spoil the surprise by giving away the happy conclusion.
May your candle and any mitzvah you perform tonight shine brightly against the darkness.