Tannembaum in poor taste, but no real threat to Jewishness - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Messianic sympathizer
    • 16.01.13 | 22:01 (IST)

    The Christmas tree is a pagan symbol of the winter solstice, that became assimilated into northern European Christianity. I think it insensitive for an Israeli retail establishment or office to display a Christmas tree. That some do so is further evidence of how secular some Israelis are. But keep in mind that Christmas celebrates the birth of a populist Jewish teacher, the greatest renegade rabbi of all time. Yehushua was born a Jew, lived as a proud Jew, and was executed by the Roman imperial authorities as a potential troublemaker. He did not start a rival religion; Saul of Tarsus is to blame for that. His followers made every word of the Tanakh part of the universal human heritage, and that's a lovely thing.

    from the article: Israeli rabbis warn: Yule be in trouble if you put up Christmas trees
    First published 01:37 24.12.12 | Last updated 01:37 24.12.12
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