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  • Getting gelt was good as gold

    December 12, 2014 | 11:19 am

    What can a buck get you on Chanukah? Maybe a gold mesh bag of chocolate coins or a lighter for your menorah. But Jewish continuity?
    At a time, when we get so wrapped up in gift giving, I propose that it’s a single dollar of gelt (Yiddish for money) that has the power to keep...
  • In search of . . . Chanukah gelt

    By Amy Klein

    November 29, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    My family didn't do Chanukah presents.

    Each year, as winter barraged us in Brooklyn -- mean, wet sleet, mounds of blackened snow -- Chanukah snuck in, to warm our homes. Twenty-five years ago, the American holiday marketing blitz had hardly begun: There were still quiet moments...

  • Manage your Chanukah fantasy by putting the focus on your family

    By Donna Becker

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Every Chanukah we seem to throw ourselves into planning the perfect celebration. Beautiful pictures in glossy magazines and catalogs feed a holiday fantasy that includes intricate latke recipes and newly minted family traditions presented to a receptive room full of beaming relatives...