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Gelt Complex: A Tale of Two Zaydes

One grandfather gave lavish Hanukkah gifts, the other single dollar bills. The reasons stretch back to the Old Country.

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The Best Jewish Children’s Books of 2014

Great Hanukkah gifts about subjects ranging from civil rights to jazz, Torah to immigration, goofy frogs to spooky goblins

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Getting a New Perspective on Jewish Holidays—Through the Eyes of a Child

I didn’t know about the holidays until my son came home from preschool wearing a cardboard Hanukkah candle on his head

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The Best Jewish Children’s Books of 2013

From Jews in space to Bigfoot on the loose, this year’s selections take kids of all ages into new territory

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The Best Kids’ Books of 2012

From pirates to dinosaurs, superheroes to baseball, the best of the year’s Jewish-themed children’s books

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Childish Things

My son’s pyromaniacal tendencies, Bibi, and bedtime stories that go awry

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Gelt and Innocence

A feverish love of collecting masked a family’s shameful truth: There was no money.

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Miracle on New Jersey Avenue

From the archives: An unexpected profusion of gifts for six Brooklyn siblings

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The Light, the Sword, and the Nintendo DS

From the archives: One young family attempts to navigate the treacherous waters of Greedikah

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Festival of Candles

Celebrating Hanukkah—and my grandfather’s birthday—whether behind drawn curtains in Lithuania or openly in Canada

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