Chanukah is not the Jewish Christmas

Do read this excellent piece by Penelope Trunk. Although her focus is on Christmas in the workplace in the context of promoting diversity, her views have much wider applicability. Here are a couple of brief excerpts:

It seems there should be no debate that Christmas does not belong in the workplace. The people who disagree do not understand what it’s like to be a minority, and they fail to accept that Christmas is not a universal holiday.

Chanukah is a nothing holiday for the Jews. It’s a celebration of a war. It’s not even a requirement in the Torah that Jews celebrate Chanukah. We just make a big deal of it so the Jewish kids don’t feel ripped off in December.

Also, be sure to read the appalling comments that come right after Trunk’s essay. They provide an excellent illustration of why I don’t allow comments in this blog.



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