The Best Jewish Children’s Books of 2016

Posted on January 9th, 2017
By Marjorie Ingall for Tablet Magazine 

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

Giving someone a didactic book as a gift is like giving them a Dustbuster. Or a bathroom scale. There’s implicit criticism there, a kind of superior “you require betterment, and I shall better you” messaging that is not very spirit-of-giving. It’s even worse when the recipient of your dull and noble book is a child. Congratulations, you’ve just conveyed to an impressionable youth that reading is a chore and that you are unfun.

Therefore. Here is a collection of giftworthy books that are not only worthy but fun to read. Gifts like these help kids stay readers for life.

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Am I A Terrible Parent for Not Getting My Kids Gifts?

Posted on December 26th, 2016
Maurie Backman for Kveller 

I’m the type of person who has a real problem with clutter. (In fact, I’ve written about it here.) Having a cluttered house doesn’t just irritate me; it makes me feel claustrophobic in my own home. And so with the holidays coming up, I’m already taking steps to clear out space to accommodate the inevitable influx of boxes that’s sure to take over my house.

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How to Avoid 8 Nights of Unnecessary Hanukkah Gifts

Posted on December 19th, 2016
Maurie Backman for Kveller

Now that Hanukkah is just around the corner, I’m doing my best to prepare by shopping early, searching for the best deals, and clearing out space in my house to accommodate the usual haul of incoming presents.

So let’s talk about those presents for a minute. My kids tend to get a lot of them—too many, if I’m being honest. And since my oldest happens to have a December birthday, the influx of stuff that takes over my already-cluttered house around Hanukkah time is almost unmanageable. Not only that, but the sheer volume of presents is actually overwhelming for my kids, so much so that my family’s generosity almost tends to backfire.

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With Hanukkah just around the corner, find more great ideas in our Hanukkah Spotlight Kit 

Top Ten Hanukkah Songs

Posted on December 5th, 2016
AMY DEUTSCH for Kveller

Maybe it’s the Christmas “competition,” but it seems like there are more songs about Hanukkah than about any other Jewish holiday. And why not? It’s fun and delicious and lasts for eight amazing days. So if the only Hanukkah song you know is “Dreidel Dreidel,” read on.

1. Michelle Citrin, “Left to Right“

In 2008, Michelle Citrin and William Levin created this music video (reminiscent of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company ad from The Office) with help from people across the world who submitted short clips of themselves lighting Hanukkah candles and then passing the candle on to someone else. It’s an awesome video and a catchy and sweet song. And even better, it reminds you which way you’re supposed to light the candles. (I forget every year!)

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With Hanukkah just around the corner, find more great ideas in our Hanukkah Spotlight Kit