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jewish christmas

Nittel Nacht

Why Hasids Celebrate Xmas Eve (Sort Of)

By On December 23, 2015

Christmas Eve has such a marked place in European Jewish history that it has its own name: Nittel Nacht. As a precaution against the violent acts by marauding Eastern European and Russian… Read More

Christmas Eve Music for the Whole Mishpucha

Christmas Eve Music for the Whole Mishpucha

By On December 24, 2014

Are you struggling with holiday music choices for your interfaith family? Or perhaps you’re a closet carol-loving Jew, like Bob Dylan. Or a non-denominational December-loving person who will poke his eye out… Read More


‘Twas the Night Before Hanukkah

By On November 30, 2012

In comedian Lenny Bruce’s famous “Jewish vs. Goyish” sketch, Broadway star Eddie Cantor is deemed goyish, along with Kool-Aid and the Marine Corps. You might say that Cantor, though born to Russian-Jewish immigrants, was asking… Read More


A Christmas Special for Jews

By On January 17, 2012

There’s a certain magic to stop-motion animation–the animation technique that makes physically manipulated objects, like clay figurines, look like they’re moving on their own. It seems honest and unpolished, evoking the same kind of feeling we get… Read More


A Zodiac for the Jewish Deli

By On December 17, 2010

There’s always been a healthy, productive relationship between Jews and Chinese food–from Christmas dining to a mutual love for sweet & sour flavoring. L.A.-based comedian Seth Front (who’s also a rabbi’s son) took the relationship one step… Read More