8 Netflix Movies to Watch During Hanukkah
If you grew up Jewish, you're all too familiar with the incredible lack of Chanukah-themed movies (recipes, on the other hand, we've got covered). All we really had in the way of screen entertainment were An American Tail, the Rugrats specials, and the travesty that was Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights. Meanwhile, a new spread of Christmas films would release every year — family-friendly fantasies about saving Santa Claus, chipper romantic comedies set beneath the mistletoe, and the occasional sect-funded allegory about how the world has lost touch with Jesus. There was room for all these and more, but rarely for an epic about the intrinsic excitement and adventure in a story about a fiscally sound source of fuel.
That said, you can find a good number of films celebrating Judaism, Jewish culture, or simply riding high on the nebbishy genius of Hollywood's favorite Members of the Tribe, if you're willing to put in the legwork... by which I mean browsing Netflix for a few minutes at a time. The site has its share of features that should imbue any Jewish viewer with a sense of pride in his or her Jewish blood, and any non-Jew with the sort of envy that we feel whenever we see all you guys decorating those glorious trees. I don't know what it is about those trees, but we hate that we can't have them.
Sprawling jealousies aside, Netflix makes for the perfect opportunity to merge an appreciation for Jewish culture with the love of fine cinema. In honor of the first night of Chanukah, peruse this list for eight holiday-themed movies to stream on Netflix... accompanied by a good nosh.
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