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Jews and Christmas

Growing Up Jewish in Texas: Christmas

Diane Ravitch | Posted 02.24.2014 | Religion
Diane Ravitch

When I go with my partner to midnight Mass, I am glad I know the words to the songs. I look around and am not surprised to see a fairly large number of other Jews from the neighborhood, also joining in singing the songs with the choir. It is Christmas. It is a time to celebrate peace and joy and goodwill towards all. We can all share those hopes.

Jews and Santa

Avital Norman Nathman | Posted 02.23.2013 | Parents
Avital Norman Nathman

As the boys were all running around, the other child told my son, You better behave, Santa is watching." Without missing a beat, he answered, "Nah, he doesn't watch me because I'm Jewish!"

Mommy, Do Jews Believe In The Christmas Story?

Rabbi Daniel Brenner | Posted 02.10.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Daniel Brenner

Last year before Christmas I got a Facebook message from my church-going high school sweetheart. Her children were very interested in this question. What follows is my letter to them.

A Jewish Christmas? Some Say 'Oy Tannenbaum'

Posted 12.15.2011 | Religion

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service (RNS) Frances Dinkelspiel attends a Reform synagogue, is raising her teenage daughters Jewish and plans to h...

Santa is Not An Anagram for Satan

Stan Brooks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Stan Brooks

With great trepidation (can a Jewish guy really find his inner Santa?), I agreed to be Old Saint Nick for a Head Start center. It was a pretty serious transformation.

A Rabbi's Thoughts: What Christmas Tells Us About America

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

G.K. Chesterton once referred to America as "a nation with the soul of a church," by which he meant a nation with an enduring religious character. He was right about this, and each year the Christmas season proves it anew.