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Top 5 Gifts For Your Jewish Friend

by William Gist

One of the best parts of growing up was the fact that you get so many gifts each holiday. But gifts are not only for children and adults also get to enjoy some of the fun of gift giving.

Like in any culture and religion, there are specific gifts that you can give a person to make the experience even better.

In this article, we are going to discuss the best 5 gifts to give your Jewish friends.

1.    Hanukkah Bear

Hanukkah bear is a book written by Eric A. Kimmel, and the book is a winner of the famous National Jewish Book Award. This book is a classic children’s book, which is specifically written in order to introduce young Jews to Hanukkah.

The book is a humorous mix up where a bear follows the wonderful smells of the best latkes inside an old lady’s house. The lady is 97 years old and has poor eyesight and hearing. The lady mistakes the bear for a rabbi, and they light up the menorah, play dreidel and enjoy latkes together. The story has an excellent ending where the old lady discovers that the rabbi is, in fact, a bear. To the surprise of everyone, they both continue to laugh and make delicious latkes.


2.    Mezuzahs

No Jewish home is complete without a mezuzah. Mezuzahs come in all shapes and sizes, but we prefer only two types. First one is a mezuzah scroll, and the second one is a blue mezuzah with a depiction of Jerusalem, the holy city. Mezuzah scrolls can come in all shapes and sizes, and some even hold scrolls of up to 14 cm in length. You can find amazing mezuzah with scrolls at www.jewish.shop.


3.    Kosher Cookbook

No Jewish home is complete without a mezuzah, and no Jewish kitchen is complete without the new Kosher Cookbook. Ask yourself this, what is Hanukkah without all the delicious cuisine that comes with it? We would have you know that a big part of Jewish religion and culture makes the food. So if you want your belly to be filled with delicious food each Hanukkah, make sure to get this book that will teach anyone the art of Jewish culinary. The book is a big recipe book that has flavored healthy dishes, fast and easy recipes, and magnificent traditional dishes.

Kosher Cookbook


4.    Animal Menorahs

Is your friend an animal lover? Does your friend enjoy the company of animals? Well if so, then make sure to get him a hand-crafted animal menorah for celebrating Hanukkah. This gift represents a more modern gift but in the spirit of Judaica.

Animal Menorahs


5.    Hanukkah Dreidel

Every Jewish household has a Hanukkah Dreidel for celebrating the most important holiday in Jewish culture. For those of you who don’t know, a dreidel is a Jewish variant on the teetotum, a gambling toy found in many European cultures.


Each side of the dreidel contains a letter from the Jewish alphabet. The letters are Nun, Gimel, Hei, and Shin. Nun means “nothing”, Hei means “half”, Gimel stands for “all”, and Shin represents the word “put in”. But nowadays, the game is played differently and the four letters contain the phrase nes gadol hayan sham which translates from Hebrew in English to “a great miracle happened there.”