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Hanukkah

The Jewish Force awakens: A ‘Star Wars’ gift guide
By GABE FRIEDMAN JTA news service

In the nearly 40 years since the breakout success of the first Star Wars film, the franchise has raked in $37 billion, mostly from branded toys and other merchandise.

Ahead of Star Wars: The Force Awakens – the latest reboot of the films, by director J.J. Abrams – there’s a whole new generation of intergalactic gear to spend your money on. And some of it’s even Jewish!

With the Force awakening just after Hanukkah, on Dec. 18, here are the five best Jewish-themed Star Wars items out there.

1. Yoda Lego mezuzah

“A hoot, these Yoda Mezuzahs are,” reads a product description, in appropriate Yoda syntax, on the Modern Tribe Judaica website. The company notes Lego has not officially authorized

the mezuzah, but Yoda likely would – because let’s be honest, he’s pretty much a wise old rabbi. (The jewishmuseum.org also features a Darth Vader Lego mezuzah)

2. . The “droidel”

Everyone’s favorite astromech droid, the lovable R2-D2, has been transformed into everyone’s favorite Hanukkah toy. However, the product, which can be made out of a paper printout and a pencil or straw, is much less hitech than its robot subject. (http://grrl.com/crafts_ hanukkah_ doidel.pdf)

3. Lightsaber candle stick

This recreation of Darth Vader’s lightsaber handle is billed as “perfect for breakfast on Bespin,” a fictional planet in the “Star Wars” universe – but it would work equally well as a shamash holder. The candlestick comes with three red candles (the color of Darth Vader’s weapon). Warning: It may lead to an impromptu lightsaber duel at the family Hanukkah table. The candles are the brainchild of ThinkGeek.

4. “Star Wars” kippah

When it comes to “Star Wars” yarmulkes, committed fans have a decent array of choices on websites like Etsy. They are guaranteed to look better than Anakin Skywalker’s humorous hair braid in the prequel films.

5. Kosher R2-D2 cookies

These ready-to-bake kosher cookies from Pillsbury would fit in equally well at a Hanukkah party or a Star Wars movie marathon. (Sold exclusively at Walmart)


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