Skip to comments.Most Jews Wish You a Merry Christmas
Posted on 12/25/2013 11:57:09 AM PST by SeekAndFind
As a Jew, and a religious one at that, I want to wish my fellow Americans a Merry Christmas.
Not Happy Holidays. Merry Christmas.
I write, my fellow Americans because, as reported by the Pew Research poll released just last Wednesday, nine in 10 Americans say they celebrate Christmas.
Apparently, many Americans have forgotten that Christmas is not only a Christian holy day, but also an American national holiday. Just as we wish one another a Happy Thanksgiving or a Happy Fourth, so, too, we should wish fellow Americans a Merry Christmas.
It doesnt matter with which religion or ethnic group you identify; Christmas in America is as American as the proverbial apple pie. That is why some of the most famous and beloved Christmas songs were written by guess who? Jews.
White Christmas was written by Irving Berlin (birth name: Israel Isidore Baline).
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer Johnny Marks.
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! composed by Jule Styne, lyrics by Sammy Cahn.
Silver Bells by Jay Livingston (Jacob Harold Levison) and Ray Evans (Raymond Bernard Evans).
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) Mel Torme and Robert Wells (Robert Levinson), both Jews.
Sleigh Ride lyrics by Mitchell Parish (Michael Hyman Pashelinsky).
There are many others as well.
The notion that non-Christians are excluded is absurd.
Americans who feel excluded are not excluded. They have decided to feel excluded. Which is, of course, entirely their right to do; no one forces anyone to celebrate any American holiday. But attempts to remove Christmas from the public sphere are destructive to our society. It would be as if Jehovahs Witnesses attempted to remove public celebrations and references to the Fourth of July because they dont celebrate national holidays.
Why are these attempts destructive? Because the entire society Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, atheists as well as Christians all benefit from the goodness and joy that the Christmas season engenders.
It never occurred to my Orthodox Jewish family not to enjoy this season. It was a tradition in our home to watch the Christmas Mass from the Vatican every Christmas Eve (unless it was a Friday evening, and therefore the Sabbath, when no television watching was allowed). Had you visited our home, you would have seen my mother and my father, my brother and I all wearing our kippot (Jewish skullcaps) watching Catholics celebrate Christmas.
Nor did it ever occur to my brother, Dr. Kenneth Prager, an Orthodox Jew, not to sing Christmas songs when he was a member of the Columbia University Glee Club. He happily sang not only secular Christmas songs, but religious Christ-centered Christmas songs as well.
So when and why did this pernicious nonsense of non-Christians being excluded by public celebration of Christmas develop?
It is nothing more than another destructive product of the 1960s and 70s when the left came to dominate much of the culture.
One way in which the left has done this has been through multiculturalism, the lefts way of dividing Americans by religion, ethnicity, race, and national origins.
The other way has been through its aim of secularizing America which means, first and foremost, the removal of as many Christian references as possible.
The left regularly mocks the notion that there is a war against Christmas, a description that left-wing writers almost place within quotation marks, as if it is a manufactured falsehood.
The most obvious and ubiquitous example of this war is the substitution of Happy Holidays for Merry Christmas almost throughout the culture. Employees in most retail operations are told not to say Merry Christmas. As a result, in much of America today, wishing a stranger Merry Christmas is almost an act of courage.
And, of course, many, if not most, public schools have banned Christmas trees and the singing of any Christmas song that hints of Christianity. Last week, for example, the school choir at a Long Island school, the Ralph J. Osgood Intermediate School, sang Silent Night with the lyrics changed. Holy infant, Christ the savior and Round yon virgin, mother and child were all deleted.
Let me end where I began: speaking as a Jew.
Overwhelmingly, the Jews who are active in the removal of Christmas from society such as Mikey Weinstein, the anti-Christian activist (with a soft spot for Islamists) who led the campaign to remove the manger scene from Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina are not religious Jews. They are animated by one or both of two factors: One is leftism, which serves as a substitute religion for Judaism (and among many non-Jews for Christianity). The other is a psychological need to see Christianity suppressed; many people who have little or no religious identity resent those who do.
According to Fox News, Weinsteins Military Religious Freedom Foundation said they were alerted by an undisclosed number of Airmen who said they were emotionally troubled by the sight of [the nativity scene]. That sentence should be reworded. Those who claim to be emotionally troubled by the sight of a nativity scene are not emotionally troubled by the sight of a nativity scene. They are emotionally troubled.
Right on, Dennis.
I have a number of Jewish friends, and each and every one wishes our family “Merry Christmas”, not “Happy Holidays”.
And they send us Christmas cards, not generic holiday cards.
And of those I have talked about social/political issues with, none are offended by the mention of Christmas. All are grateful to live in this largely Christian but secular nation of ours, a nation in which they are so free to live their Jewish faith.
BiBi’s Christmas greeting to Christians.
I get chills just reading your loving thoughts
Merry Christmas and Peace on Earth and Goodwill Towards Men
Christmas is a national holiday - and one that many would like to strip of it’s original meaning and subvert it today. Although we recognize it as a national holiday and an integral part of our culture — we’re not going to allow the removal of its original and true meaning!
Were going to say Merry Christmas regardless what the atheists, pagans and anti-Christians think about it!
SO ... Merry Christmas to one and all ...
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.
19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly.
20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.
21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.
22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying:
23 Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated, God with us.
24 Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife,
25 and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus.
26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,
27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgins name was Mary.
28 And having come in, the angel said to her, Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!
29 But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was.
30 Then the angel said to her, Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus.
32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.
33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.
34 Then Mary said to the angel, How can this be, since I do not know a man?
35 And the angel answered and said to her, The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.
4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David,;
5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child.
6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered.
7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.
10 Then the angel said to them, Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.
11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
14 Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!
15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.
16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.
17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child.
18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.
20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7 This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe.
8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
9 That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.
11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.
12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
15 John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, This was He of whom I said, He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.
16 And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.
17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.
When this time of the year comes around something bigger than us is hugging us!
....and it sure isn’t the Winter solstice
Does anyone know a Christian who would have trouble wishing his Jewish friend a “Happy Hannukah” - and meaning it?
Gam lecha, yedidi. (Hebrew for "same to you, my friend.")
Back at ya, most Jews!
Thanks. That’s my experience too. Usually we say “Happy Hanukkah in response but this year it was early so that doesn’t work. I just say thank you and God bless.
Merry Christmas to all Jews!
And a happy Harmonica too!
I just got an email from a friend who is Jewish and he ended it with Merry Christmas. I wish my Jewish friends a Happy Hanukkah when they’re celebrating. I don’t mind the “Happy Holiday’s” statement as long as it’s not an attempt to pretend that Christmas isn’t about the celebration of Christ’s birth, which is the reason Christians celebrate it.
Hey..that is a cute idea. I’m making those next Christmas. Thanks.:)
There are contexts, though, in which "Happy Holidays" is perfectly acceptable, to wit ones where the recipient of the good wishes cannot be plainly identified as to religious confession or when one doesn't just mean "Merry Christmas" -- there are holidays, plural, this time of year, Christmas (and the Feast of the Proto-Martyr Stephen and the Feast of the Circumcision and Theophany (or Epiphany as the West calls it)) for Christians, New Years for everyone who uses the civil calendar, in most years Hanukkah for Jews (it fell a bit early this year), the neo-pagan celebration of the Winter Solstice, and, yes, even Kwanza for neo-pagan African separatists. I have no problem with "Happy Holidays" except in contexts where it is plainly meant as a lame secular substitute for "Merry Christmas".
Of course, I prefer to wish folks a Merry Christmas, and in contexts (like writing to my teaching assistants one of whom is from Vietnam, and probably a secularized Buddhist) qualify by writing or saying "A Merry Christmas to those who keep the feast."
And a Gay Kwanzaa to All!
In a predominantly Catholic country I once visited, where such trite dilemmas are unknown, the greeting is “Gay Holidays!”, the day after Christmas is a holiday, just as the Monday after Easter is, and they send one another holiday cards for both of those Holidays, and sometimes separately for New Year’s.
A Blessed and Merry Christmas to all my FR friends!!!!
“Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.”
For those in distant time zones where it’s now all over, Merry After-X-Mas Sale Events!
Each year when I ring the bell for The Salvation Army I try to great everyone with a “Merry Christmas” and if they donate I give them a “Thank You” followed by a “God Bless You”. My reward is to see the smiling faces of strangers, many of whom return the “Merry Christmas”. It’s a really fun thing even if it is cold outside.
Repent now and be saved! /S
The Jews are the chosen people, thru Christ we Christens are also chosen. G*d bless the Jews that celebrate Christmas, not for their salvation but for ours. Thanks all people of good will and may G*d blessings be with you.
I recall watching old Jack Benny (Benjamin Kubelsky) shows with Christmas themes.
I admire you Salvation Army bell-ringers. I NEVER pass one without putting in a contribution. And I teach my kids to do the same.
Thank you and God bless you and your children.
The Salvation Army is one of the few charities that I trust to put their donations to the use that that say it will be.
Christmas doesn’t end for DWI task forces until Jan 2nd.
If youd like to be on or off, please FR mail me.
Does anyone know a Christian who would have trouble wishing his Jewish friend a Happy Hannukah - and meaning it?
Years ago when I worked the front desk of an apartment house in NYC I brought an electric Menorah I worked the evening shift and would always do each light every evening.
But I was part of the Bob Grant era we were pro Israel!
I/we have many Jewish relatives and friends. They all wish me and the First lady a Merry Christmas (and more). A number of my Jewish relatives go to midnight Mass with us. Sometimes I/we go to the synagogue with them. I have probably been to more Jewish weddings, bar/bat Mitzvahs, etc. than some Jews.
Blessing upon you, Dennis, our Beloved Elder Brother.
I’d be shocked, but I love onion bagels with liverwurst.
(I’m going straight to h*ll, I know.)