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Glamorous Holiday Cakes

Watch the faces around the table glow when you serve desserts created with Chanukah Lights bakeware.

What’s a Jew to Do on Christmas?
In San Francisco, laugh and eat egg rolls, thanks to Kung Pao Kosher Comedy, which brings the best in Jewish comedy to the city, along with great Chinese food and fortune cookies with Yiddish proverbs.

Jews Just Want to Have Fun

Though Jews invented the chopped-liver mold and the oversized chai on a chain, they haven't lived up to their true kitsch potential. Until now, that is. Thanks to Judaikitsch: Tchotchkes, Schmattes, and Nosherei (Chronicle Books, $14.95),

Chanukah for lovers

New this year: a multi-hued heart dreidel from Tamara Baskin.

Jewish Love Songs

The Song of Songs notwithstanding, when you think of history’s great romantics, the Jewish people probably don’t top your list. The new CD “Jewish Love Songs” ($15) does its part to alter that view.

illustration © 2002 Ilene Winn-LedererRediscovering Shabbat

When 37-year-old Laurie Moskowitz of Washington, D.C., was growing up, Shabbat observance amounted to her mother lighting candles on Friday night. Today, Moskowitz's Sabbath includes chanting blessings, relishing a home-cooked meal on a beautifully appointed table, walking to services, davening with a minyan of 250, and visiting friends or relaxing at home with her husband and baby.

A Magical Pursuit

A bear wrapped in a tallit blows a shofar. Two children run away from home and hide out in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Naamah, Noah's wife, gathers the seeds of every flower and tree and replants the earth after the flood. A guinea pig named Peewee finds freedom in Central Park. A baby enjoys being inside her mother so much that the family must persuade her to be born. Welcome to the world of children's books.

Menorahs in a Lighter Vein
The time is long past when families had only one menorah for Chanukah. Today, more is better, especially for those of us who've caught the collecting bug. Here are a few menorahs, all crafted by Jewish women, that are fun to light and a joy to have around the house the rest of the year. All pieces range in price from $100 to $250.

A Chanukah Gift for the Generation Xer

Looking for Mr. Right leads in unexpected directions in Kissing Jessica Stein, a romantic comedy for the new millennium now available on DVD (list price $29.98).

A New Literary Voice

"One of the hardest things about growing up is how one day it suddenly dawns on you that your parents are human..."

from Why I'm Like This, by Cynthia Kaplan.

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