December 24, 2004

Merry Christmas

When I lived in the US I never much liked the Christmas season - not because I had any objection to Christians celebrating Christmas, on the contrary! It just seemed like everyone was going to a party except me, and I felt left out. The fact that I didn't want to go was beside the point.

Now that I live in Israel, the day can pass without it ever occurring to me that it's Christmas. There are no signs anywhere to remind me, and nobody around me who celebrates it. In fact, if I hadn't surfed the web today, I would have forgotten.

On the other hand, I now have no qualms of wishing, to whom it may concern: Merry Christmas!

Christmas in Hebrew is: Hag hamolad (חג המולד) - Holiday of the birth.

Posted by David Boxenhorn at December 24, 2004 12:29 PM
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A question for you from an atheistic former Christian with Jew-curious tendencies: Is the date given a name in Judaism as an artifact of Jews outside of Israel living amongst so many Christians that a word was necessary or because the birth of Jesus of Nazareth has any particular significance to Jews (i.e. is he considered a high prophet as a descendant of David or a rabbi)?

Posted by: Paul R. Bixby, Jr. at December 24, 2004 08:06 PM Permalink

Meery Yuletide to you to. Long live the days of misrule. Health to the Abbot of Unreason.

Posted by: ExpatEgghead at December 24, 2004 09:12 PM Permalink

Paul: Neither the day, nor the person, have any significance within Judaism. The day has a name only because Hebrew speakers must refer to it somehow, given that it is celebrated by a couple of billion people.

Posted by: David Boxenhorn at December 25, 2004 04:45 PM Permalink

Thanks David! I suspected that to be the case, but I wasn't sure. Those crazy Muslims call him a high prophet, so I wasn't sure if the first Abrahamic leg or the trifecta cared about him at all.

Posted by: Paul R. Bixby, Jr. at December 27, 2004 04:35 PM Permalink

David,

Just chiming in to say Merry Christmas!

Just kidding. Actually, I want to mention that there's a Jewish-Isreali Blog Awards thingy going on that JenLars has linked to.

I first went over to nominate Rachel Ann of Willow Tree for best personal blog, but saw that she was already nominated (first nominee, in fact).

Then I decided to come re-check you out because I remembered that I liked reading your blog back when you first became a Munuvian.

I've been reading every post from today backward and just gotta say that I have no idea why I stopped stopping by. Your posts are fascinating to me, an "atheistic former Christian with Jew-curious tendencies" (as Paul put it).

Now I just gotta go back and figure out which categor(ies)y to nominate you in...

Posted by: Tuning Spork at January 3, 2005 12:37 AM Permalink

Thanks, Spork.

Posted by: David Boxenhorn at January 3, 2005 08:28 AM Permalink

Hello! I found your blog via the JIB awards at Isreallycool, and am enjoying reading some back entries.

Thanks for teaching me the Hebrew name for Christmas. Somebody asked me once, and I didn't know; my best guess was "yom huledet shel yeshua." *g*

Posted by: Rachel at January 4, 2005 11:41 PM Permalink

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