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The Best Jewish Children’s Books of 2016

Stories about Noah’s Ark, Jewish weddings, and scientific discovery make perfect Hanukkah gifts

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Rav Yitzchok Hutner and the Meaning of Hanukkah

A poet, educator, and master of religious prose, he believed the holiday represented a watershed in Jewish history: the transition to an intellectual rabbinic Judaism

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The Little Girl Who Wanted a Dog for Hanukkah

Her parents didn’t want her to have a dog. Or maybe they just didn’t want her to want something they didn’t want themselves.

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The Best Jewish Children’s Books of 2015

Stories about dogs and cats and even Santa Claus make the perfect Hanukkah gift this year

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Jewish Fanfiction Creates an Alternate Literary Universe

The X-Men have a Seder. Hogwarts gets a kosher kitchen. And everyone from Ivanhoe to Big Bird to Captain Kirk gets a rewrite.

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Hanukkah in Jamaica

Holiday celebrations bring together the island’s diverse Jewish community

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Hanukkah Alegre!

Washington-area Sephardic Jews share traditional foods and converse in the disappearing language of their ancestors

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J.K. Rowling’s Hanukkah Gift to the Jews

On Twitter, Harry Potter author reveals a Jewish wizard at Hogwarts

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My Ghost of Christmas Past

Each year on Hanukkah, I remember a holiday scene from my childhood

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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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Finding a Home Where the Hanukkah Candles Outnumber the Christmas Trees

As a Jewish kid surrounded by Christmas cheer, an Afterschool Special inadvertently showed me that I didn’t have to try to fit in

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Sephardic Singer Flory Jagoda Keeps the Music of Her Prewar Bosnian Childhood Alive

The composer of the beloved Hanukkah song ‘Ocho Kandelikas’ shares stories and melodies from her past

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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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Giving Up Christmas as a Convert to Judaism

I don’t feel nostalgic about Christmas—I’ve discovered the magic of Hanukkah

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Camp Fire

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

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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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Judah’s Avatar

Watching James Cameron’s CGI epic and reconsidering the Hanukkah story

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My Hanukkah Gift

A writer’s reflections on her olive grove and a holiday ritual

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Can’t Buy Jappiness

An illustrated memoir of Hanukkah, materialism, and materials

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Festival of Candles

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

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