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Note from your Shopkeeper: There have been half-a-dozen or so attempts at an Elf On The Shelf knock-off for Hanukkah, none of which have pleased me for various reasons until I found Maccabee on The Mantel. Why am I offering this product to you?

  1. The book and doll are well made! The doll is well designed and sewn and the book is beautifully illustrated and well-written.
  2. The story is our Hanukkah story.
  3. The concept does not include spying on children and reporting "naughty" or "nice" behavior which is not part of our Jewish tradition... and is kinda, creepy, no?

Meet the Maccabee on the Mantel. He's a high-quality, snuggly, plush soldier doll here to spend the month of Kislev with your family. Maccabee comes with a beautifully written and illustrated book, which teaches the story of Hanukkah. Create your own holiday tradition with Maccabee that fits with the Jewish history and tradition of Hanukkah.

This the entire kit: the doll, hardcover book, dreidel and dreidel game instructions are all boxed ready to give.

From Interfaith Family.com" Abra [Liberman-Garrett} created The Maccabee on the Mantel so that her children, and all Jewish children, could have something to call their own during this season of Frosty, Rudolph, and Old St. Nick. The Maccabee on the Mantel is a children’s book and snuggly toy solider doll that connects kids to the rich history and traditions of Judaism.

Mac, as we like to call him in our house, is not a Jewish Elf of the Shelf. He is historical rather than mythological. He does not possess magical powers. He does not report to a large man in a red suit. And he is not related to Hanukkah Harry.

Mac is a reminder that Judaism is full of human heroes who have achieved great things through courage, bravery, and sacrifice. He encourages us to retell our stories, and explore who we are and where we come from.

Mac does not twinkle and he does not make our mantels shine. But he does provide a more lasting radiance by reminding us to believe in miracles. To me, that is real sparkle and that is the kind of holiday tinsel I want my son to embrace." -- Jane Larkin

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Maccabee on The Mantel Hanukkah Gift Set (Elf on The Shelf for Hanukkah) - Ages 2 to 7 has a rating of stars based on reviews.