Christmas at Halloween?

December 8, 2012

Jon Stewart is one of my favorite comedians.

I have a rabbi friend back in New Orleans who, like Jon Stewart, is of the Reformed Jewish faith. According to my rabbi friend, most of the teachings of Jesus are acceptable, but Christmas with Jesus as God incarnate is rejected. My rabbi friend and I understand that difference, and we remain good friends, eagerly reading each other’s newsletters. My rabbi friend also objects to Christian merchants who offer Hanukkah as a substitute for Christmas. Hanukkah at best is a minor festival and does not compare with the Christmas extravaganza with all its decorations, angels and nativity scenes – which brings me to Jon Stewart’s complaint. He notes that the decorations of Christmas have backed up all the way into Thanksgiving! “And now,” he says, “look out – Halloween!”


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