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.

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

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

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

The Best Kids’ Books of 2012

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

Childish Things

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

Gelt and Innocence

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

Miracle on New Jersey Avenue

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

The Light, the Sword, and the Nintendo DS

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

Festival of Candles

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

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