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This Hanukkah, Get Rid of the Tree

Why it’s not okay to have both.


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Published: November 23, 2013


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Visitor Comments: 25

(16) Sharona, December 1, 2013 9:13 AM

our purpose

On the one hand, it's good to be inclusive like with helping people in different ways, for example, helping both needy Jews and Non-Jews. But in regards to religious practice, one should chose one practice. It's like if you're in a relationship with two people and they want you to pick one, but you like both. It doesn't work. So too, G-d says to us, it's either Me or them. Obviously, we should respect everyone. But we should be loyal to our own heritage and just have the menorah. Everyone has a purpose, Ours is to learn about and keep the Torah and Mitzvos that connect us to G-d, while bringing light to the world

(15) Anonymous, December 1, 2013 12:05 AM

Tell it like it is

Interfaith is fraught with contradictions and you can't keep it going through the generations. THe only way to raise religious jewish children is by instilling jewish religious values. We have seen in history time and time again that nothing else works, and you cannot be a contradiction in terms, it will not work. And it's not the jets and the giants, it's the purity and holiness of your religion which cannot be watered down if it is going to be effective and lasting.

(14) Anonymous, November 28, 2013 12:55 PM

Offensive

This article is offensive. We, as Jews, are taught to be inclusive, to not persecute, to be understanding. Of course u can 'root for the jets and giants even if they do ever play each other' what about those brothers who play football on Teams against each other? What's their mom To do??? This is offensive to any interfaith marriage. Jews are supposed to be open minded and understanding. We raise our children Jewish. They go to Hebrew school. We celebrate Xmas because my husband is Unitarian. Just a pretty tree and decorations with some presents. Incidentally, the ornaments largely consist of strudels and other Jewish symbols. Also, look T history. The 'Xmas tree' was not for Xmas it was a harvest festival, as Americans do thanksgiving. And don't get me started on what 'proud Americans' did to the natives when they got here. Is thanksgiving even fair?????

Penny, November 28, 2013 9:32 PM

Strong reaction for an opinion, why.

To writer Offensive, How can the word offensive be used against such a non harsh non threatening opinion. I suppose because it might be something you don't want to think about. Could it be a little guilt or confusion on the topic. The video did though get you thinking about the topic. If you still decide both is right for you then I hope you will be good with it and enjoy both more because of the contemplation. If we all think before we do we have a better chance to do the best choice. Shalom

Sholom, November 28, 2013 11:22 PM

No love affair for Jews & Xmas

The xmas tree has its origins in pagan traditions. It was a cult that worshipped trees. The Torah is replete with warnings not to engage in idolatry. Additionally, Jews suffered horrible persecutions by fanatical Christians xmas & New Years. I don't know how any Jew in good conscience could embrace a symbol of anti-Semitism. That you made a bad decision in your selection of a non-Jew is painful enough.

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