It happens every year at this time: the battles of political correctness. When a community puts up a Christmas tree, one of two things happens. Either there is a battle to take it down, or someone fights to get a Chanukkiyah (that’s its real name, not Menorah), Kwanzaa candles, or a symbol of some other religion’s holiday placed right next to it. Then Fox News follows by running stories about the latest battle in the “war against Christmas,” and the ACLU representing some atheist group starts suing any town whose mayor even once drove near a church, mosque, and/or synagogue.
Hey, ACLU: Give it up! America is a Majority Christian country.
The First Amendment isn’t supposed to stop Christians from celebrating their faith, its supposed to stop the majority from crapping on the other faiths.
People who see December as the opportune time for the celebration of politically correct multicultural nonsense have to stop! I understand that people are trying to be fair and respect everyone’s faith, but it’s idiotic and upsets the Christians practicing their faith and to be honest, ruins the meaning of Chanukah which is my holiday.
I can’t speak for the other holidays, but I can tell you that as Jewish holidays go, Chanukah is among the least important, unlike the “big ones holidays” like Passover, Sukkot, or Shavuot you can work, drive, etc.
We appreciate the thought but its sacrilegious. Nothing goes against the true meaning of Chanukah more than placing a Chanukkiyah near a
Christmas er “holiday tree” or using a Magen David (Jewish star) as a tree ornament. The true meaning of Chanukah is the exact opposite of that multicultural rubbish.
Only one part of the story was the Maccabees fight for getting the Syrian-Greeks out of Israel, and the cleansing and dedication of the Temple. The Hanukkah Story about a civil war amongst the Jews. Judah Maccabee and the boys were fighting other Jews who had turned away from their faith by combining it with Greek/Hellenistic practices. The resulting assimilation caused a loss of Jewish faith and tradition, and eventually laws against practicing Jewish ritual.
Hanukkah is a holiday about Jews fighting against assimilation, but the ACLU-progressive-liberal types would have us celebrate it by assimilating.
Every year Sirius/XM runs and 8 day Radio Hanukkah special. In between the music “celebrity Jews” talk about how they celebrate the holiday. Some of their stories are totally contra to the meaning of the holiday–such as former DNC Chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz who describes how she celebrates Hanukkah by taking her kids over to her Christian friend’s house to help them celebrate Christmas.
Let me suggest that if Matthias and his sons were alive today, they would be fighting every Jew who wanted a six-foot menorah next to a Christmas tree, a star of David next to a cross, or even the massive multi-holiday Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Festivus and Winter Solstice display.
America is not supposed to be a melting-pot its more like a gumbo where all the elements are in the same pot, existing together, but maintaining its original form.
As Americans, we are all different and we must celebrate those differences, not merge them into one hodgepodge of progressive mediocrity celebrating everything at the same time, while the truth is it celebrating absolutely nothing.
I would also suggest that all Jewish people who celebrate both holidays “have a Christmas Tree for the kids,” a Hanukkah Bush, or talk about Hanukkah Harry are also missing the meaning of Chanukah. The Maccabees were horrified when an idol was placed in the holy Temple. Rather than trying to fit with “modern” culture, they wanted to make sure that the House of God was a Jewish household. To remember the Maccabees, we should do the same with ours.
The Rabbis tell us that we are not to use the Chanukah candles for reading or seeing, as we would with a regular candle or a light bulb. The Chanukkiyah is supposed to be placed near a window so the light of God and his miracles will shine outward into the world. Mixing up Chanukah with other people’s traditions diminishes the light and message of Chanukah as well as those other traditions.
And to my Christian friends: Please don’t go get assimilated on me either. That tree in the mall, town square, or your living room is a Christmas tree, not a holiday tree. Santa is not a secular character; he is Saint Nick. You have a nice tradition. “Keep the Christ in Christmas.” Don’t try to make it politically correct by taking away its religious nature. And don’t take away the religious nature of Hanukkah by shoving it down the collective throats of public Christmas displays.
America is a great country. It is great not because everyone celebrates the same, but because we can all celebrate our differences.
Chanukah begins next Saturday December 24th at Sundown, to all my friends celebrating the holiday, may you have a joyous holiday. Or as we say in Hebrew Chag Chanukah Samayach. Happy Chanukah Holiday. Christmas eve is also next Saturday Night…To my Christian friends may you have a joyous and Merry Christmas.