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‘Us’ and ‘Them’

At a preschool Hanukkah celebration—held in a nice liberal church—an atheistic Jew wonders where he fits in, and what to tell his daughter

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Spirited Holiday

With A Dreamers Christmas, subversive jazz musician John Zorn makes a straightforward holiday album that’s radical in its own way

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Standing Tall

It’s the time of year when intermarried Jews are lectured against Christmas trees. Given marriage trends, the lecturers should learn to pipe down.

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Bake Off

From chocolate cake to onion rolls, recent Jewish cookbooks offer a tantalizing range of recipes for Hanukkah treats to complement the latkes

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Light the Lights

Agenda, Hanukkah edition: Matisyahu comes clean in Williamsburg, latkes get judged, and a 4,000-pound menorah is lit. Plus our seasonal gift guide!

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Silk Road Food

Bukharian Jews in Queens, N.Y., mostly émigrés from the Soviet Union, brought with them a cuisine that mixes the polyglot flavors of Central Asia

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Children’s Books 2011

Need Hanukkah gift ideas? From a tale of a Shabbat princess to a Lower East Side detective story, here are the year’s best Jewish kids’ books

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Childish Things

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

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Camp Fire

In his memoir, the famous refusenik remembered celebrating Hanukkah in the Soviet Gulag

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Yo La Tengo’s Eternal Hanukkah

Hoboken’s own rock out with The Feelies and other friends

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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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The Unbearable Dumbness of Dreidel

How does this game possibly make any sense?

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Sweet and Light

A well-oiled selection of Hanukkah fare—from a new twist on latkes to salads and savory ‘gelt’

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Anander Mol, Anander Veig

Another Time, Another Way: Tablet Magazine’s Hanukkah album, remixed versions of holiday and Jewish classics

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Children of the Book

Part II: As Hanukkah approaches, a look at the year’s best Jewish books for older kids

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Children of the Book

As Hanukkah approaches, a look at the year’s best Jewish picture books

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Bright Spots

The best of this year’s chanukiahs, the menorahs used for Hanukkah, are beautiful, sometimes clever, and occasionally poignant

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Meet Your 2009 Major League Dreidel Champion

You don’t need to be Jewish to be a great spinner

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Festivismukkah!

The Annotated Child: Coping with the December dilemma

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Diamond Does Sandler

Neil’s cover of ‘The Chanukah Song’

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Hanukkah FAQ

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Festival of Lights

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A Dreidel for the Blind

The letters are in Braille!

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Winter A-Go-Go

Merry-making at a Yo La Tengo Hanukkah concert

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Get the 411

From the archives: Investigating the meaning of Hanukkah

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Small Miracle

A new album tries to change Hanukkah’s reputation

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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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Rock of Ages

From the archives: Love among the menorahs

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Week at a Glance

Pornographic vegan cupcakes and other highlights of a West Coast Hanukkah

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Sophie Says

A young critic weighs in on three new novels