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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Why celebrate Christmas?

I actually opened my Facebook feed tonight and found that someone had posted the following from the email list of Rabbi Aron Moss (whom I don't know):
Question of the Week:

As a believing Christian, I made a recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land. I was profoundly disturbed by the Jewish state and its criminal occupation of the West Bank. The international community has condemned this time and time again. How can you justify usurping land that belongs to others?

Answer:

You are entitled to your opinion on the matter. But I hope you are consistent in your beliefs. Being that you oppose a Jewish presence on the West Bank, I assume you will not be participating in any Xmas celebrations during the coming days. According to your view, there is no reason to be merry on December 25.

The Christian holidays celebrate an event that you have named a criminal act - the birth of a Jewish baby to a Jewish family in the West Bank town of Bethlehem. Your views should not allow you to have any part in this cheer, for if you did you would be giving retroactive approval to a Jewish settlement on the West Bank that dates back more than two thousand years.

Perhaps you will be joined by the UN and other humanitarian organizations around the world condemning any celebrations that are connected with this controversial birth, as such events would be recognizing the rights of a Jewish family to live on what you see as occupied territory.

However I must warn you, by espousing this view and not celebrating, you will be vastly outnumbered. The international community, by celebrating Xmas, expresses support for the fact that the West Bank has always been the home of the Jewish people.

Heh.

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3 Comments:

At 3:00 AM, Blogger HaDaR said...

Actually, the world believes this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jucFxnDbG88

 
At 4:39 PM, Blogger Captain.H said...

Well said, Rabbi Moss!

I'm one of those who celebrate the birth of that Jewish baby to that Jewish family in Bethlehem. (BTW, there was an excellent program on the History Channel recently in which historians made an excellent detailed explanation of why that Baby was actually probably born in mid-September of 3BC.) Mindful of what Rabbi Moss wrote and to be logically and morally consistent therefore, I must agree that the births today of other Jewish babies to other Jewish families in that part of the Land of Israel is also a good thing.

 
At 8:42 PM, Blogger Shy Guy said...

Captain.H said...

(BTW, there was an excellent program on the History Channel recently in which historians made an excellent detailed explanation of why that Baby was actually probably born in mid-September of 3BC.

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Assuming that anything is historically factual about the same "jesus", did the historians discuss that he most probably came from Bethlehem in the Galil(ee) and not from Bethlehem outside of Jerusalem, and this is all messed up because the authors of the Harry Potter text which makes up the NT weren't aware that there are 2 Bethlehems in Israel?

 

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