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I like them because they remind me I am a guest in this country.

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Visitor Comments: 64

(64) Malka, November 7, 2011 6:05 PM

And Those December Magazines!

Those of us who subscribe to "women's" magazines (like Good Housekeeping, etc.) end up with only 11/12 of a useful annual subscription. December is cover to cover Kratzmir, with perhaps a token page of blue and white Chanukah cookies hidden in there somewhere. Just sayin'.

(63) Denis MacEoin, June 15, 2011 2:33 PM


I'm not a Jew, though I have very close contacts with parts of the Jewish community. Lori's short film says something important. Where I live, in the UK, many (most?) Muslims practise a form of separation from mainstream society, and this includes a very conscious refusal to go to Christmas parties, to send Christmas cards, or to listen to carols. It is extremely self-defeating, in the same way that most hasidim and haredim cut themselves away from the mainstream, even within Israel. Not everyone can make aliyah. Most American, Canadian and British Jews will, for the moment, remain where their jobs and families are. It is precisely their ability to be part of society and to contribute mightily to it that helps Jews belong. My last university was Cambridge, and my college was King's. The college choir is one of the top choirs in the world, and I know of nothing more wonderful than to listen to them sing Christmas carols in the setting of the chapel, one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. English carols are among the loveliest musical forms in European culture, dense with history and meaning. You don't have to be a Christian (I'm not) to attend chapel or listen to the choir on a CD. Whereas Muslims, with their separatist philosophy, often reject music altogether, many many Jews are musicians and music lovers. It's possible to carry more than one cultural affiliation with one at the same time.

(62) Anonymous, December 31, 2010 3:19 PM

Being Jewish at Christmas

Every Christmas(among other times) I am reminded that I am a Jew. Christmas songs send a chill up my spine. It conjures up pictures of all of the times we were murdered in the name of Jesus. Yes, my closest friends are Christians and I love them dearly. However, my parents taught to always remember that I am a Jew first. That is how I live my life.

(61) Guy Sutton, December 30, 2010 11:46 PM


WOW!!! I did just get this seen, have been on a cruise, yes, to get away from all the holiday crap(MY WORDS). We do something every year, and most are special events to raise money for needy folks OF ALL WALKS... I have not seen a video that had so many different views from you in all my time reading, although, what the heck! I personally like to hum them too! Some of the comments state, AVOD THEM, HOW DID THEY GET THERE, well, turn on ANY radio, walk into ANY market, store, gas station, they are PLAYING folks, really now! Avoid them, that part about made me fall from the chair. Lori, you are SPOT ON, when the messiah comes we are all taken bak HOME, Israel! We are guests in ANY other land, but not many folks have means to just pack up and go, as I also read as few stating, another fall off the chair statement, I just love this..... If we hear a song, even Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which by the way was MY song on the day, it sticks, we are human, not super beings, we hear, we repeat, or hum in this case. Lori, keep up the great comments, letting us all know a bit MORE about who we are and where we will be someday, people dissing Lori, take a Xanax, ya'll need to just relax, and watch more chitty bang bang... Your fan, Guy

(60) Rose, December 27, 2010 11:04 PM

to Iris 57

Iris, Guest was not my choice of words, it was Lori’s. But to answer your question, I would say that anyone who is a legal citizen is not really a guest. The fact is that even some legal citizens become enemies of the state. I would say then that at any given point and time, depending on one’s actions, circumstance or frame of mind, they could be called a guest as well. Also, I referred to “host” in response to Lori’s referring to Jews as guests. I don’t see similar posts in regards to Jews feeling like they need to protect themselves against Muslim, Wiccan, Unitarian, Buddhist, Hindu or Jain religious holidays. Either that says something about how Jesus touches a raw nerve in Jews or it speaks to the number of Christians in your host country if you are to refer to yourself as a guest. I don’t really have an attitude. How do you know so much about me and Christianity that you can measure whether I am a good Christian or not?

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