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The Case for Vodka

Jews desperately need a holiday beverage that isn’t heavy and creamy. The choice is clear.

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Pine Trees, Latkes, and the NBA

‘Hanukkah, Oy, Hanukkah!’

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The Armadillo Menorah

A miracle of lights in Texas

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Eight Nights of Hallmark Hanukkah Movies

The Hallmark Channel just announced that they’ll be producing Hanukkah films. We have ideas.

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The Lamps That Burned for Thousands of Years

A new exhibit at the Jewish Museum explores Hanukkah lamps through the ages, from gold and silver to acorn shell and pomegranate peel

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Making Hanukkah ‘Japonesas,’ the Jewish Doughnuts of Medieval Spain

This holiday, a delicacy from the ‘Jews of the Rock’ and a delicious taste of Gibraltar

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We Are the Heirs to the Maccabees

A Pittsburgh rabbi calls on Jews to follow in the footsteps of the Maccabees this Hanukkah with a rededication to Jewish practice

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Tablet Original Fiction: In New York, no one goes mad with God fever

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Recipes for Survival

Whether they’re the hand-bound sheets my mother took when we emigrated from the Soviet Union, or the synagogue sisterhood collection I still use to make latkes, cookbooks contain more than ingredients—they contain whole Jewish lives

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A Khanike Sucker, a Rigged Dreydl, and the First Jew in Space

Rokhl’s Golden City: Happy Khanike!

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Deck the Halls—With Paper Dreidels

How American homes came to embrace mass-produced Hanukkah decorations

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The Best Jewish Children’s Books of 2018

From biblical tales to Holocaust stories, these books make perfect Hanukkah gifts—with a dash of magic and a bit of jazz

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I Wanna Be Your Goyfriend

Rokhl’s Golden City: Plans for the ‘day of immense goyish significance,’ and other klezmatic holiday delights

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WATCH: ‘The MeshugaNutcracker!,’ the Pun-Heavy Hanukkah Musical, in Theaters Tonight

Do you dig characters named Schmendrik and Schmegegge? Big fans of Bruce Vilanch? Like a little bit of Holocaust with your holiday cheer? Don’t miss this gem, playing for one night only.

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‘Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins’ Is the True Story of Hanukkah

Bookworm: So what if the festival of lights has some magic?

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Chai? Chai Not?

How Elvis showed me the way to being Jewish and different but also American and the same

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Rokhl’s Khanike Gift List for the Yiddishist in Your Life

Golden City: Support #derkegnshtel and don’t be a seks farbrekher

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This Hanukkah, There’s Only One Gift You Absolutely Shouldn’t Buy

Gadgets are cool, but your privacy’s cooler

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Fry Up Something New for Hanukkah

Go beyond latkes to a whole world of fritters for the holiday

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What Does Hanukkah Smell Like? Fear of Relatives, That’s What.

My favorite parfumier tried to capture the holiday’s scents. Sufganiot and dreidels and gelt all made the cut, but it’s the family-drama-inspired perfume that most intrigued me.

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The Best Jewish Children’s Books of 2017

Let the last-minute Hanukkah shopping commence!

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A Twist on the Traditional Latke

These aren’t your grandmother’s potato pancakes

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Yo La Tengo’s Hanukkah Shows Are Back, Baby!

The Indie rockers from Hoboken return with an eight-night slate at Bowery Ballroom

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Dazzling, Old Lamps

A historical look at three special menorahs and hanukkiahs from Jewish history—17th century Italy, and 19th century Germany and Iraq

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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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