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Secular Holidays

Halloween - Trick or Treat? - One of my fondest memories growing up was taking my little orange UNICEF box and collecting pennies - as well as yummy treats - on Halloween. It was also a great day for acting rowdy and causing a little trouble around... More
Happy New Year - I am confused about some time frames. When is the Jewish New Year? Is it the month of Tishrei (Rosh Hashanah) or the month of Nissan (Passover)? In the Bible (Exodus 12:2), God says the first day of the year is in the... More
Seasons Greetings? - Do you wish someone "Happy Chanukah" in the same way you wish someone "Merry Xmas"? I have met some Jewish friends on my travels, and I wish to send them seasons greetings. But I'm unsure what to write. Thank you. More
Sylvester Day - I understand that in Israel the secular New Year is referred to as "Yom Sylvester." Where does this name come from? More
Xmas Tree - Do you have any information about the connection of a tree to the holiday of Christmas? I work in a Jewish school where the students are of Russian descent, and for them the tree is traditional. I am looking for... More

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