the celebration birth of Jesus Christ.
One thing new to me, however, were lines of Chrismukkah cards! Excuse me! This might be intended by some well meaning souls to unite the two holidays but it just does not cut it with me.It diminishes the full intent and meaning of Christmas.
No matter how you cut it, it all stinks of "wannabe". Every last bit of it is a direct theft from another tradition but then, that is par for the course, is it not?
Please understand, I do not begrudge people of any sort celebrating their cultural holidays but it does seem to me that, for a holiday that is of very minimal importance in the Jewish religion, there is a great deal of “Christmas envy” being shown in these items. And some, of these items come from sites that serve all holidays but we already know the Christian versions so I only post the Hanukah ones. So here we go again folks….
I included bakewear and a few other items after some thought because these are also traditional Christmas family activities. I have NO PROBLEM with Jewish families and baking because these are such wonderful memories for the children and parents, however, I do not think baking sweets of this type, cookies and cupcakes, is not really traditionally Jewish for this time of the year.
Scratching my head at this combination!
This judaization of Christianity
appeals greatly to the Christian Zionists.
By Tom Piatak
Reposted December 2, 2010
Eight years ago, when the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ran a slightly abridged version of my first essay on the War Against Christmas, the paper offered a fair description of my argument to its readers:
Is Hanukkah at all comparable to Kwanzaa, and is it a desire to compete with Christmas really an important force in its celebration?
As fate would have it, an article addressing these questions appeared in my hometown newspaper, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, on December 20, 2008. The article, How Hanukkah Has Become Hip by John Campanelli, noted that:
“Until the late nineteenth century, the holiday was celebrated modestly in Jewish homes, with an adult male lighting candles and reciting the blessing”.
Indeed, the article, citing Dianne Ashton, a religious studies professor at Rowan University who is writing a book on Hanukkah, noted that
“It’s hard to tell exactly how things were celebrated because there’s almost no record of it. Ashton found no mention of Hanukkah in old diaries and letters. Instead, they mentioned the Sabbath, Passover, and other, more significant holidays”.
"Genuine Christmas carols that any Jew can sing with lusty pride and not a shred of prejudice; well maybe just a little. Who else but a proud Jew could turn the Hallelujah Chorus into We Will Sue ya? No stereotypes there, right? Laugh at well-known Christmas carols given the Yiddishe twist, and how they do not relate to the special birthday the majority of the world celebrates. As the song says....Goys Rule the World (Don't ya believe it.) Laugh on the full 8 days of OUR holiday. .
Why do I keep thinking of Christian Zionist indoctrination?
In fact, according to Ashton, it was the German-American zest for Christmas that was instrumental in creating the modern Hanukkah. The first concerted effort she found for more emphasis on Hanukkah occurred in the 1870s in Cincinnati where “Because of [the city’s] large German population, the traditions of Santa Claus, trees and gift giving were everywhere.”.
The first celebration of Hanukkah is described in the Bible I use, at 1 Maccabees 4, 35-59, but it is not found in the Hebrew Bible, the Tanakh, since the book of Maccabees is not part of the Hebrew Bible. Indeed, as Schwarz notes,
“the tradition about one day’s worth of oil lasting eight days is not mentioned in any contemporary record. It first appeared several centuries later in the Talmud”..
“In neither of these cases was substituting Chanukah considered an option; it was simply too insignificant”.
to save their child from Christian envy.
Of course, there are different ways
Schwarz regards Hanukkah as “the greatest American holiday”, because it is “democratic, inclusive, and multicultural”, whereas Fisman wonders if the “outsize importance” attached to “a minor holiday largely unrelated to Judaism’s core values” is necessarily the correct response to the appeal of Christmas.
Or did Santa just get bored of Coca Cola red and white?
The whole outfit stinks of unoriginality!
Oy to the woild!
The REAL Hanukkah Harry.
Hanukkah Harriet along the way to this Santa Convention.. .
Last year I also came across, at the website of Catholic apologist Mark Shea, a 2004 article from the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, discussing what Hasidic Jews call Nitel Night and the rest of us call Christmas Eve:
“According to kabbala (Jewish mysticism), on the night on which ‘that man’ ~ a Jewish euphemism for Jesus ~ was born, not even a trace of holiness is present . . . . For this reason, Nitel Night . . . is one of the few occasions when Hasidim refrain from Torah study. On this horrific night, they neither conduct weddings nor do they go to the mikveh (ritual bath)…” [For them, it's wholly unholy, by Shahar Ilan, December 24, 2004]
Rahm Emmanuel lighting the White House menorah a year or two ago.
As I wrote in my 2001 essay, “Much of the public celebration of Christmas was capable of being enjoyed by non-Christians as well as Christians, and almost everyone did enjoy at least some of it. I know non-Christians who enjoy Christmas specials, Christmas movies, Christmas music; I do not think these people are unique.”
The driving force behind the War Against Christmas remains multiculturalism, ~ a credo embraced by those of all faiths and of none, that insists that Western culture, of which Christmas is undeniably a part, is problematic at best and oppressive at worst.
Truly the designs are individual, fun, and varied.
However, this next one is a bit different, perhaps bordering on that porn thing you might say.
For more of the latest debate on the onslaught on Christmas as it has been going for the past decade, please refer to the following links. It seems the author has been involved for at least 10 years and has built up quite a library.
Better not let the rabbis see this!
The Lobby for Jewish values passes out fliers against hotels,restaurants putting up Christmas trees, other Christian symbols ahead of civil New Year, say businesses who do so risk losing kosher certification.
I look like a putz in this thing!
I am SO gonna pee in her lingerie drawer!
By Ali Galhar
According to the lobby's Chairman, Ofer Cohen, they have received backing by the rabbis, "and we are even considering publishing the names of the businesses that put up Christian symbols ahead of the Christian holiday and call for a boycott against them."
According to a senior official in the kashrut department, this is done each year consensually, but that businesses which do not meet this requirement may find their kashrut certificate revoked.
It should be noted that most of the hotels in Jerusalem and a significant part of the restaurants in the capital receive permanent kosher certification from the city's religious council.
On a final note....