General FAQs

You didn’t answer my question here, now what?

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Can I submit my Maccabee pictures and stories?

Yes!  Please, we LOVE  LOVE LOOOOOOOVE to see what other families are doing with their Maccabee.  Please submit pictures and stories here: (link)

Does the Maccabee “spy” on the children and/or report bad behaviors?

That depends on your family’s own beliefs, ideas and traditions. The Maccabee is a little different in every home because every family is different, right?  Personally, our Maccabee does NOT report bad behaviors because our children never, ever do anything wrong.

Can THIS doll be held/touched/slept with?

Yes!  In fact, we say the more hugs you give your Maccabee the stronger he gets! It is why our Maccabee doll is so loveable.  No child wants to hug a creepy looking doll, right?

Are author/creators of this book available for readings and signings at bookstores, temples, etc.

Most definitely, please contact us at http://www.maccabeeonthemantel.com/contact-us/

Can the book and Maccabee be purchased separately?

Absolutely! We realize that some families may want to share a book but have separate dolls or vice versa.

Do you ship internationally?

Not at this time; we have had several inquiries however, and we will be looking into this.

When will my order be shipped? What are my shipping options?

We have a flat rate USPS shipping option.

What methods of payment do you accept? COD? Diner’s Club?

At this point we are working only with PayPal accounts when individuals are ordering online.

I am with a retailer, how may I obtain the Maccabee on the Mantel for my store?

Please see our section for retailers: http://www.maccabeeonthemantel.com/retailers/

How can I order a Maccabee Doll for my Family?

Please place your order at our website, www.MaccabeeOnTheMantel.com. Then hang out a while and peruse our fun and informative page.

FAQ’s regarding the book, “The Maccabee On The Mantel”

Q ~ Why does the book show a menorah with only 7 branches at the temple?

A ~ Nowadays Menorahs are synonymous with Hanukkah. Originally however, in the Temple there was a 7-branched lamp made of gold that burned continuously. According to the Book of Maccabees the evil Antiochus Epiphanies stole the lamp when he invaded and robbed the Temple.

Q ~ What is the difference between a Menorah and a Hanukkiyah?

A ~ A Menorah has 7 branches and was used in the Temple prior to its destruction. The HanukkIyah while also a type of Menorah is specifically used to during the holiday of Hanukkah. When the Jewish revolutionaries (the Maccabees) had reclaimed the Temple they wanted to rededicate it to God. Antiochus had soiled it when attempting to take it over and according to the laws of Judaism it was necessary to restore its ritual purity. The purification process required 8 days of oil but they only had enough for one day. They lit the Menorah despite having insufficient oil and, miraculously, the oil lasted 8 days. In commemoration of this miracle, Hanukkah is celebrated for 8 days with 1 candle being lit the first day, 2 the second day and so on.

Q ~ How historically accurate is the book?

A ~ The story in the book is the story of Hanukkah. This book is designed specifically to explain the story of Hanukkah and the Maccabees in a style appropriate for children of all ages, from babies upwards.

 Q ~ How do I figure out what to name my Maccabee?

A ~ Some parents use this as an opportunity to introduce their children to the concept of the Hebrew name. Others use it as an opportunity to introduce their children to the concept of democracy having name-nominations and then a family vote.

Q ~ How do you light the menorah anyways? Does it do anything besides, you know, burn?

A ~ The candles are lit left to right with each new day’s candle taking the leftmost spot, i.e. the 4th day’s candle would be 4th from the left. Therefore, the candle signifying the first night, which was the most important night, will always be lit first. Another custom pertaining to the HanukkIyah is to place it in a window so that those passing by will be reminded of the miracle of Hanukkah. Needless to say, there have been times, places and instances in history that have caused people of the Jewish faith to forgo this tradition for a variety of reasons that range from feeling unsafe “advertising” their Judaism, to experiencing pressure to assimilate. These are all great discussions to have with your children when the time is right.

 Q ~ So we have a whole entire holiday dedicated to long lasting oil? I don’t get it…

A ~ We celebrate Hanukkah to commemorate the rededication of the holy Temple in Jerusalem. In 168 BCE the Jewish Temple was seized by Syrian-Greek soldiers under the rule of King Antiochus, it was then dedicated to the worship of the Greek God Zeus, until the Jewish people regained control of their Temple and could once again worship according to the Torah. Hanukkah is about more than oil, it is about the perseverance of a people who refused to acquiesce and sacrifice their beliefs. Jewish history is riddled with persecution and there are countless opportunities to educate children (and adults) about the importance of standing up for one’s own beliefs, fighting for a greater good and maintaining faith in times of challenge.

Q ~ Why is Hanukkah on a different day each year?

A ~ Well…it is and it isn’t. The Jewish calendar is lunar based and as such every year the first day of Hanukkah falls differently on our Julian calendar, or secular calendar. According to the Jewish calendar Hanukkah always falls on the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev. Generally speaking however, we can usually count on Hanukkah landing somewhere between Late November and late December, think Thanksgiving to Christmas time period.

Q ~ Is Hanukkah a “really big deal”?

A ~ Talk about a tricky question! The short answer is – yes and no. There are Jewish holidays with far greater religious significance. Of course Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kipper are the “biggies”. That having been said, it is important to realize that any holiday that sparks a feeling of connection with Judaism is important. If it happens to be Hanukkah that resonates with a child to creates excitement about their faith, it is then, therefor, an important holiday.

 Q ~ Who consulted on this project?

A ~ Throughout the entire creation of this book and doll the Toy Vey Team worked closely with a team of experts. This team included teachers at a Temple Emanu-El Preschool, the Pre-School director Shelly Sender, and the Rabbis Amy Ross and Adam Allenberg. The Toy Vey team feels extradinairily lucky to have had the guidance of these esteemed leaders in the Jewish community to help them make the concept the best it could be.

Q ~ What is dreidal? What do the letters signify? Why do we play? Is it Jewish gambling?

A ~ Dreidal is a game played at Hanukkah, more a game of chance than skill, it is still considered gambling because the letter the dreidal lands on determines one’s winnings. Usually those winnings are the Hanukkah gelt, chocolate coins covered in gold foil. Dreidal is a Yiddish word means to turn. This game is associated with Hanukkah because during the rule of Antiochus Jews were not allowed to study the Torah. In order to still be able to practice their religion and study Torah the hews would gather and bring the “spinning top” with them. If a soldier were to appear, they would quickly hide their studies and pretend to be playing the dreidal game. The letters on the dreidal (when played outside of Israel) are Nun, Gimmel, Hay and Shin which stand for the Hebrew phrase “Nes Gadol Haya Sham” which means “a great miracle happened there.” The Nun means “nichts” and that stands for “nothing”, if the dreidal lands on the Nun the spinner or player does nothing. Gimmel means “gang” which in Yiddish means “everything” so should the dreidal land on this letter, the individual who spun it takes everything in the pot and wins the game. “Hay “means “half” so should the dreidal land there the spinner gets half of whatever is in the pot. “Shin” means “shtel”, Yiddish for “to put in” which means the player who spins that letter must put 2 of their coins into the pot. When a player runs out of coins they have “lost” the game and are out.