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Author Arthur Levine says he "really wanted to add ... a mythological hero that Jews could call their own, hence Nate Gadol." Reproduced by permission of the publisher/Candlewick Press, Somerville, Mass. hide caption

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Why Do We Give Presents On Hanukkah? 'Nate Gadol' Has The Story

Jewish families haven't always given presents on Hanukkah — it dates only to the 1880s. Arthur Levine's kids' book The Hanukkah Magic of Nate Gadol imagines a fanciful origin for the tradition.

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Opinion: COVID-19 Has Taken Away Nutcracker Season

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Author Arthur Levine says he "really wanted to add ... a mythological hero that Jews could call their own, hence Nate Gadol." Reproduced by permission of the publisher/Candlewick Press, Somerville, Mass. hide caption

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Hanukkah isn't Jewish Christmas. Here's the story of the holiday and why we celebrate

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