Christmas/Hanukah Update: December 2016


It’s back ~ my annual Christmas/Hanukah primer. Although, to be honest, I really just wanted a reason to share this glorious portrait of a reindeer with you all!

Do you remember all those discussions regarding the establishment of  humongous (always graceless, ugly ornamental) menorahs around the globe over the past decades ~ the fuss over their being lit and promoted over the traditional customs of the people whether they be of Christian or Nordic origins? Consider this comment below, before moving on too far in this short post:

“Every synagogue we Jews build in a Christian country is a finger of scorn we point at our hosts; a sore finger we stick into their eyes, like the leering of a senile old woman who does all sorts of foul mischief before you, and feels safe in the knowledge that you will not lay hands on her for fear of contamination.” ibid., pg.

pope1This image refers to the Talmudic comparison of Western (especially Christian) celebrations to “lipstick on a pig”…..

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