Friday, December 24, 2004
Being Jewish at Christmas
|A "blog friend", Rachel, over at The Velveteen Rabbi has a nice piece on being Jewish at Christmas time.
"Tonight at sundown, Christmas begins. Whether you see it as a Christian religious holiday, or a secularized American holiday, or a thinly-veiled recasting of older festivals like Yule, there's no denying that it plays a major role in American life."
It's a good read and helps explain a bit. Jeremy at American Warmonger had asked me a question that required me to think out how I related to the holiday, and it's difficult to explain; but Rachel says it much better than I do with some great links to other articles.
Note: Why does Christmas begin at sundown? Because, "with darkness over the surface of the deep and a wind from God sweeping over the water - God said, "Let there be light"
(The darkness came first, and then the light. Therefore, the new day begins with darkness.)