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Light Source

Tracing where Hanukkah’s most famous metaphor begins, and why it’s relevant today

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Have Yourself an Unorthodox Little Christmas

This week on Unorthodox, how Chinese food and movies became a Jewish Yuletide classic, the Jews behind your favorite Christmas songs, and why Soviet Jews have ‘Christmas’ trees

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12 Yuletide-Themed Cocktails for Hanukkah

It’s been a long year. Drink up.

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Denmark’s Jewish Christmas Cookie

This holiday season, make ‘Jødekager,’ a Snickerdoodle-esque cookie made by Jewish bakeries in Copenhagen since the 17th Century

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Specters of the Skyline

Peering into, and through, the ghostly new Brooklyn

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The Christmas Cookie That Changed Jewish Lives

Lebkuchen have long been a Christmas treat in Germany. But for two Jewish families fleeing the Nazis, these cookies offered hope for the future in a new country.

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How ‘The O.C.’ Taught a Catholic School Girl About Chrismukkah

‘There was one lesson that Sister Maxie and Father Gus didn’t cover, for it was a lesson that could only be taught by the half-Jewish, half-Christian boy of my TV dreams’

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Merry Christmas, Donald Trump

TO: America  FROM: The Jews

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Jewish on Christmas? Sing Along to ‘Yingl Belz.’

The ‘YidLife Crisis’ boys have you covered for all your Christmukkah caroling

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Season’s Greetings

For the Hanukkah edition of our print magazine, the power of miracles

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This Christmas, Stuff Yourself Silly With General Tso’s Chicken

The 98-year-old creator of the famed poultry dish has died. So eat it like you’ve never eaten it before.

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This Holiday Season, Why Not Wear a ‘Yamaclaus’?

Wait, what? No, don’t, thanks.

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This Christmas, Whoopi Goldberg Invites You to Spend $139 on a Hanukkah Sweater

Because who needs bubbe when you’ve got Whoopi?

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Stay in Your Lane, Elf

‘Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf,’ a new picture book about one of Santa’s helpers who learns about the traditions of Hanukkah, takes the wrong approach to educating children about the holidays

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School Ties

Live from the American Hebrew Academy, Unorthodox talks with Marshall Rauch, North Carolina’s first Jewish state senator, and trumpet player Judith Saxton

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Cornell Discourages Menorahs as Holiday Displays but Permits Christmas Trees

The university’s guidelines claim that the restrictions reflect the school’s ‘commitment to diversity and inclusiveness’

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I’m Dreaming of an Unorthodox Christmas

Featuring Orange Is The New Black’s Yael Stone and Jennifer 8. Lee, the definitive expert on Jews and Chinese food

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Concerning the Jews

Merry Christmas, from Mark Twain

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Unkosher Christmas: A Family Affair

‘Boy, I’m your grandmother! If I say you can eat it, you can eat it!’

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’Twas the Night Before Holiday

Don’t pretend Christmas isn’t Christmas. It’s an opportunity to shore up who we are as Jews.

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For the Love of Suzie Louise: A Christmas Story

In middle-century Skokie, a young Jewish boy searches for a stolen Jesus to comfort his bereft Christian girlfriend

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Saint Joseph: The Forgotten ‘Father Christmas’

A modest proposal concerning one noted dreamer

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Being Jew-ish

How a Christmas tree came between my neighbor and me

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Budapest’s Top Pastry Chef Gives Christmas a Jewish Flavor

Rachel Raj’s flodni—a layer cake filled with fruit, nuts, and poppy seeds—has made her a household name across Hungary

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Lonely On Christmas? Let Bill Murray Be Your Guide

Netflix has released the most Jewish Christmas special of all time

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Have Yourself a Merry Kerry Christmas

Might we interest the Secretary of State in this lovely terror tree?

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Primo Levi’s Christmas in Auschwitz

The chemist and writer recalls the last holiday before liberation

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A Dessert for the Hanukkah-Christmas Eclipse

Meet the koeksister, a South African cookie

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All-Star Team of Jews Defiles Christmas in Billy Bob Thornton’s ‘Bad Santa’

How the Coen brothers and Terry Zwigoff helped create a holiday classic that angers gentiles

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