Jews and Christmas
BY RABBI JOSHUA E. PLAUT on MyJewishLearning
What attitudes toward Christmas tell us about modern Jewish identity.
For the majority of Americans, December 25 is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus, but for Jews it is a time to consider ones relationship to the wider society. Some Jews have chosen to adopt the Yuletide festivities. Some have emphatically rejected the rituals and symbols of Christmas. Still others have sought ways to meld Christmas and Hanukkah.