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    • zenzi
    • 11.01.13 | 02:36 (IST)

    When I read the first few words I was sure: this fear is not a genuine jewish fear. It must have been overtaken from the superstitious European people. I remember from my childhood in bavaria that my grandmother warned from the "Rauhnächte" (roughnights) of which the holy night is one of them. In this nights it was said that ghosts and devils are flying around, stealing children, killing people whose wet clothes were hanging to dry and so on. All this are pre-christian tales which have overcome from our elders and jewish people living in europe might have taken it over. Later may be they faced troubles with antisemitism and forgot from what their fear oniginally came from

    from the article: How Hasidic Jews 'celebrate' Christmas
    First published 02:52 25.12.12 | Last updated 02:52 25.12.12
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