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    The Best Hanukkah Gifts for Kids (and Kids at Heart)

    The Best Hanukkah Gifts for Kids (and Kids at Heart)

    It's always a joy to see Hanukkah through the eyes of a kid! Playing dreidel, making latkes together, telling the story of Hanukkah. No matter if you're young or young at heart, we have the best gift ideas that will make you feel like a kid again!

    Hanukkah Gifts for Kids

    Menorah Sun-Staches Sunglasses

    Fashion meets function with these sunglasses! Get one for the whole family for the ultimate family photo opp.

    Menorah Sun-Staches Sunglasses

    Menorah Hat

    Not only does this hat look cool (you can't argue with that), but it is adjustable to fit all ages!

    Menorah Hat

     

    Gold T-Rex Dinosaur Menorah

    This dinosaur menorah is adROURable, right? Perfect for the person who wants to put the funukkah in Hanukkah.

    Dinosaur Menorah

    PJ Library Books

    Give the kid in your life the gift of free books! We love partnering with PJ Library because FREE Jewish themed books for kids 6 months through age 11. Reading together is magic, and PJ Library shares Jewish stories that can help your family talk together about values and traditions that are important to you. Love it!

    PJ Library

    Emoji Marzipops

    You don't have to be a kid to LOL over these cute pops! They were even featured in Food Network Magazine. How cool is that??

    Emoji Marzipops

    Jewish Wisdom Ball

    Just like having Bubbe right there with you at all times! This wisdom ball gives advice like "feh" and "you call that a question??"

    Jewish Wisdom Ball

     

     

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    How to Plan the Best Hanukkah Party

    How to Plan the Best Hanukkah Party

     How to plan the best Hanukkah party

    The countdown is ON until the Festival of Lights, which means there will be parties galore, complete with stuffing our faces with latkes, and lots of menorah lighting. Obviously you want to look stylish for the party in your best Hanukkah apparel, but how else can you throw the party of the year?

    Here are our tips on how to plan the best Hanukkah party ever. 

     

    Decor

    You want to wow your guests when they walk in! We suggest picking a color theme like blue and silver and then going to town. A chic Hanukkah Table Runner topped with a Dreidel Vase sets the stage perfectly. And serve your guests on cool Dreidel Plates. These Marzipan Pops from Marzipops double as decor and food and are perfect on any table.

    Marzipan Dreidels

    Food

    And speaking of food, like every Jewish holiday, a big part of Hanukkah the FOOD! Fried foods reign when it comes to Hanukkah recipes, like latkes and sufganiyot. But get creative with other fried treats like Deep Fried Matzo Balls. If you don't feel like making your own latkes (make them ahead of time, freeze, and and reheat in the oven right from the freezer) you can always get latkes delivered. And don't forget the gelt!

    Games + Presents

    How about an ugly Hanukkah sweater contest? Ugliest one wins? It's a classic! Maybe the winner can get something to add to their ensemble like these Menorah Sunglasses or everyone's favorite Nice Jewish Guy Calendar.

    And don't forget a rousing game of dreidel. Winner takes all the marbles! We love these Lego Dreidels because they can double as the prizes.

    Or how about Secret Hanukkah Harry- encourage your guests to bring a fun gift under $25. These Matzo Ballin' Socks will have everyone jealous.

    Menorah Time

    If your party is during the 8 days of Hanukkah, don't forget to light the menorah! We love mixing one classic one like this Building Bridges Menorah with one fun one like our Dinosaur Menorah.

    Don't forget the kiddos!

    If you're having kids are your party, make sure to have some Kids Hanukkah activities like this Dreidel Book, a Hanukkah version of Karaoke, a station to Make Your Own Hanukkah Candles or Dreidel Silly Putty to keep them occupied. All of these are pretty fun for adults too, come to think of it.

    Most of all, have fun! Your excitement and joy is contagious.

     

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    The Best Yiddish Words

    The Best Yiddish Words

    "If you don't have anything nice to say, say it in Yiddish!" ~ Yiddish Proverb

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    Yiddish is arguably the most fun language ever. It's both humorous, dark, and largely insulting. Spoken by Ashkenazi Jews, Yiddish is similar to German, with some Hebrew and other Slavic languages thrown in for kicks. How many ways to call someone an “idiot” does one person need? Apparently a lot! Here are some of the best Yiddish words ever:

    • Balaboosta: The ultimate Jewish homemaker – she cooks, she cleans, she fries latkes. She's the best!
    • Bubbe: Grandmother. We love our Bubbe!
    • Bubbeleh: A term of endearment, darling. Bubbe often calls her Grandkids “bubbelehs”.
    • Bupkis: Worthless or nada. As in, “I can't believe you got me bubkis from ModernTribe for Hanukkah”

    Yiddish Word Magnets

      • ChutzpahNerve. As in, “It took a lot of chutzpah for you to take the last bagel!” (Not a compliment.)
      • Klutz: A clumsy person. 
      • Kvell: To beam with pride. As in, “Bubbe was kvelling when I started my own online Judaica store!”

      Totally Kvelling Shirt

      • Kvetch: To complain. As in, “If Mordechai had studied as much as he kvetched about the MCTs, he would have gotten into Med School!”
      • Mazel Tov: Literally means “good luck” but it is an expression used to express “congratulations”. 
      • Mensch: A good person. As in, “What a mensch you are for getting me a present from ModernTribe!”

      Mench Mug

      • Meshugina: Craziness. 
      • Nosh: To snack. As in, “Oy vey, I can’t stop noshing on bagels!"
      • Oy vey: An expression of dismay. As in, “Oy vey, I can't believe you ate the last bagel!”

      Oy Vey Earrings

      • Plotz: To collapse. As in, “I just ran all the way to Ess-a-Bagel to pick up bagels before they closed. I am so tired I could plotz!”
      • Putz: A vulgar word for a part of the male anatomy, or an idiot. Ironically it means both.
      • Schlep: To drag. As in, “I schlepped these bagels all the way home from NYC, the least you could do is toast me one with some schmear!
      • Shlemiel: A clumsy person, similar to a klutz. As in, “You shlemiel! You knocked the last bagel onto the floor!:
      • Shlimazel: Someone with bad luck. As in the person whose bagel got knocked over! Fun fact: On “Laverne and Shirley”, they sing “shlemiel” and “shlimazel” in the show opening hopscotch chant.
      • Shmooze: To make small talk. You would often shmooze at a cocktail party.
      • Schmuck: See putz.
      • Schmutz: Dirt. As in, “You have a little schmutz on your face.”
      • Shtup: To have sex with. I don’t think you need a sample sentence…
      • Shvitz: Sweat. As in, "I ran home to see if my ModernTribe package came and now I'm shvitzing!"
      • Tchatchke: A knick-knack, or a young floozy. Either way!
      • Yenta: A female gossip. As in, “She yaps non-stop about who is shtupping who. What a yenta!

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