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Why Celebrate the Circumcision of Jezeus?

The history of January 1st should make Jews think twice before they celebrate New Year’s and take part in its heathen festivities.
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I’ve got news for everyone! Rosh Hashanah is the real New Year’s. Not just for Jews. For everyone. As it says in the Mishna: “On Rosh Hashanah all the inhabitants of the world pass before Him, like flocks of sheep….” (Rosh Hashanah, 1:2).

Since a few readers wrote that there’s nothing the matter with celebrating the secular holiday of New Year’s Day of the goyim, I did a little research to prove my point.

First of all, what a difference! While Jews spend the day in shul, a day of fervent remembrance of God, listening to the blasts of the shofar, and praying for the welfare of everyone in the world, the gentiles spend their make-believe New Year’s getting smashed and stoned out of their minds, puking up their guts, and bedding down with anyone within reach, while imbibing whatever weeds and chemicals they can to forget about God.

True, there are some who go to church first, but afterwards many of them also spend their make-believe New Year’s getting smashed and stoned out of their minds to forget about God.

That’s one of the reasons we thank God every morning for having made us Jews, and for having separated us from those who go astray after vanity and emptiness.

What then is the great charade and drunken orgy of January 1st? Why is it called New Year’s Day? Here’s some stuff I gleaned from the net. All in all, it’s as Jewish as a pig:

In 46 B.C.E. the Roman emperor Julius Caesar first established January 1 as New Year’s Day. Janus was the Roman god of doors and gates, and had two faces, one looking forward and one back. Caesar felt that the month named after this god (“January”) would be the appropriate “door” to the year. Caesar celebrated the first New Year by ordering the violent routing of revolutionary Jewish forces in the Galilee. Eyewitnesses say blood flowed in the streets. In later years, Roman pagans observed the New Year by engaging in drunken orgies – a ritual they believed constituted a personal re-enacting of the chaotic world that existed before the cosmos was set in order by the gods.

As Christianity spread, pagan holidays were either incorporated into the Christian calendar or abandoned altogether. By the early medieval period most of Christian Europe regarded Annunciation Day (March 25) as the beginning of the year. According to Catholic tradition, Annunciation Day commemorates the announcement to Mary that she would be miraculously impregnated and give birth to a son.

After William the Conqueror became King of England on December 25, 1066, he decreed that the English return to the date established by the Roman pagans, January 1 as New Year’s. This move ensured that the commemoration of Jesus’ birthday (December 25) would align with William’s coronation, and the commemoration of Jesus’ circumcision (January 1) would start the New Year – thus uniting the English and Christian calendars and his own Coronation. William’s innovation was eventually rejected, and England rejoined the rest of the Christian world and returned to celebrating New Years Day on March 25.

On New Years Day, 1577, Pope Gregory XIII decreed that all Roman Jews, under pain of death, must listen attentively to the compulsory Catholic conversion sermon given in Roman synagogues after Friday night services. On New Year’s Day, 1578, Gregory signed into law a tax forcing Jews to pay for the support of a “House of Conversion” to convert Jews to Christianity. On New Year’s, 1581, Gregory ordered his troops to confiscate all sacred literature from the Roman Jewish community. Thousands of Jews were murdered in the campaign.

Throughout the medieval and post-medieval periods, January 1 – the marking the beginning of Christianity and the death of Judaism – was reserved for anti-Jewish activities: synagogue and book burnings, public tortures, and murder.

The modern Israeli term for New Year’s night celebrations, “Sylvester,” was the name of the “Saint” and Roman Pope who reigned during the Council of Nicaea (325 C.E.). The year before the Council of Nicaea convened, Sylvester convinced Constantine to prohibit Jews from living in Jerusalem. At the Council of Nicaea, Sylvester arranged for the passage of a host of viciously anti-Semitic legislation. All Catholic “Saints” are awarded a day on which Christians celebrate and pay tribute to that Saint’s memory. December 31 is Saint Sylvester Day – hence celebrations on the night of December 31 are dedicated to Sylvester’s memory.

About the Author: Tzvi Fishman was awarded the Israel Ministry of Education Prize for Creativity and Jewish Culture for his novel "Tevye in the Promised Land." For the past several years, he has written a popular and controversial blog at Arutz 7. A wide selection of his books are available at Amazon. The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not represent the views of The Jewish Press


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19 Responses to “Why Celebrate the Circumcision of Jezeus?”

  1. Yehuda Cohen says:

    Should old acquaintances be forgotten,
    And never brought to mind?
    Should old acquaintances be forgotten,
    For auld lang syne (For old long ago).

    Chorus:
    For auld lang syne, my dear,
    For auld lang syne,
    We'll take a cup o' liquor yet.
    For auld lang syne!

    And there is a hand, my drinking friend,
    And give us a hand of yours,
    And we will take a goodwill draught (of ale).
    For auld lang syne.

    And surely we pay for each our pints,
    to pickle our very minds!
    As we will trade our souls for liquor.
    For auld lang syne.

  2. Yehuda Cohen says:

    Should old acquaintances be forgotten,
    And never brought to mind?
    Should old acquaintances be forgotten,
    For auld lang syne (For old long ago).

    Chorus:
    For auld lang syne, my dear,
    For auld lang syne,
    We'll take a cup o' liquor yet.
    For auld lang syne!

    And there is a hand, my drinking friend,
    And give us a hand of yours,
    And we will take a goodwill draught (of ale).
    For auld lang syne.

    And surely we pay for each our pints,
    to pickle our very minds!
    As we will trade our souls for liquor.
    For auld lang syne.

  3. Tania Fenwick says:

    Jesus wasn't born on December 25 and whatever anyone thinks about Christianity – there is no need to be insulting – Jezeus? Yeshu? This is no way to win friends – Christians are often your strongest supporters!

  4. Tim Upham says:

    The Eastern Orthodox Church will do that, celebrate the circumcision of Jesus. Even though not a single Christian church practices ritual circumcision. Also, the start of Sunday, will begin as the sun goes down on Saturday night. Just like the Jewish Shabbat. So the long history of Anti-Semitism in Russia really does not justify itself. But the Eastern Orthodox Church of Bulgaria came out very strongly against the deportation of Jews during World War II. But the Eastern Orthodox churches are very strongly represented in Israel, so it is more than appropriate to wish the Eastern Orthodox Christians a Merry Christmas on January 7th.

  5. The Lord hates unbalanced scales. The church, 'Christianity' has certainly done a very great deal to reinforce a totally negative picture of Yeshua. But there is something that must be asked because who Yeshua is, whether He is whom He claimed to be, is ultimately more than what Christians have done. The commandment says that noone should falsely accuse another. If Christians have been following Yeshua's teachings to the letter in what they have done and do then it will be found in His teaching. The anger of any Jewish person towards Jesus, given the conduct of so many Christian through the centuries, is utterly logical, but, is what they hve done truly been in accordance with His teaching? I am a gentile. I am part of a mostly gentile congregation who keep shabbat, and observe the biblical feasts. Our pastor's ministry is dedicated to teaching the church about it's pagan and anti Semitic past and we do not observe any of the pagan feasts. Let us learn together about the God of Israel. Let us teach those who are lost in the practice of the worship of Mithriasm, Saturn and other pagan gods, the beauty of Gods mitzvot. It is Yeshua who led us to this revelation.

  6. Hugh Intactive says:

    "the gentiles spend their make-believe New Year’s getting smashed and stoned out of their minds, puking up their guts, and bedding down with anyone within reach, while imbibing whatever weeds and chemicals they can to forget about God." What a wild generaisation! When we make wild generalisations about a whole people, it's called prejudice, with specific names like racism, sexism, homophobia – and antisemitism. If you don't want it done to you, don't do it to others.

  7. This is bunk! What are you, a refugee from the Taliban? Every day of the calendar has a Catholic saint attached to it. No one who celebrates New Year's Eve celebrates this "Sylvester" of yours. This is nothing more than a cheap shot attempt to make a secular holiday appear Christian. There are two calendars used by many cultures, one solar and one lunar. Without a solar calendar, Jewish holidays would float all around the year instead of being tied to specific seasons. Both calendars are needed and have their uses. Most civilizations that recognized a solar year put the New Year at either a Solstice or Equinox (the latter is the real reason for the New Year's date of March 25). The Romans attached it to the Winter Solstice, then added a week between the Solstice and New Year's so people would have an additional week off from work. The Gregorian calendar reform moved the Winter Solstice from Dec. 25 to Dec. 21, resulting in an 11-day gap between the Solstice and New Year's. Learn some history and some astronomy before posting articles so full of ignorance and nonsense.

  8. P Edward Murray says:

    Oh Laurel, I really thought you were a peach but now….Let me just wish you well…

  9. Also, New Year's cannot be this "circumcision" you talk about (no church I know of celebrates it as this) because the date was set long before Christianity even existed.

  10. Also, New Year's cannot be this "circumcision" you talk about (no church I know of celebrates it as this) because the date was set long before Christianity even existed.

  11. P Edward Murray Sorry if I've offended you. I hate the idea of people who don't know what they are talking about publishing stuff like this the same way I can't stand candidates who say a woman cannot get pregnant from being raped. This is why I consider myself spiritual but not religious. And I wish you well too. Hope we'll stay friends. :)

  12. Mark Woodward says:

    Laurel, you are awesome :)

  13. Beth Miller says:

    Bravo, Laurel. I do agree with you on so things. You are very intelligent as I wish other writer were.

  14. Liad Bar-el says:

    Celebrate Jan 1 as circumcision of Jezsus is a hoax.
    When was Jezsus born?

    A. Popular myth puts his birth on December 25th in the year 1 C.E.

    B. The New Testament gives no date or year for Jezsus' birth. The earliest gospel – St. Mark’s, written about 65 CE – begins with the baptism of an adult Jezsus. This suggests that the earliest Xtians lacked interest in or knowledge of Jezsus' birthdate.

    C. The year of Jezsus birth was determined by Dionysius Exiguus, a Scythian monk, “abbot of a Roman monastery. His calculation went as follows:

    a. In the Roman, pre-Xtian era, years were counted from ab urbe condita (“the founding of the City” [Rome]). Thus 1 AUC signifies the year Rome was founded, 5 AUC signifies the 5th year of Rome’s reign, etc.

    b. Dionysius received a tradition that the Roman emperor Augustus reigned 43 years, and was followed by the emperor Tiberius.

    c. Luke 3:1,23 indicates that when turned 30 years old, it was the 15th year of Tiberius reign.

    d. If Jezsus was 30 years old in Tiberius’ reign, then he lived 15 years under Augustus (placing Jezsus birth in Augustus’ 28th year of reign).

    e. Augustus took power in 727 AUC. Therefore, Dionysius put Jezsus birth in 754 AUC.

    f. However, Luke 1:5 places Jezsus' birth in the days of Herod, and Herod died in 750 AUC – four years before the year in which Dionysius places Jezsus birth.

    D. Joseph A. Fitzmyer – Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at the Catholic University of America, member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, and former president of the Catholic Biblical Association – writing in the Catholic Church’s official commentary on the New Testament[1], writes about the date of Jezsus' birth, “Though the year [of Jezsus birth is not reckoned with certainty, the birth did not occur in AD 1. The Xtian era, supposed to have its starting point in the year of Jezsus birth, is based on a miscalculation introduced ca. 533 by Dionysius Exiguus.”.

    E. The DePascha Computus, an anonymous document believed to have been written in North Africa around 243 CE, placed Jezsus birth on March 28. Clement, a bishop of Alexandria (d. ca. 215 CE), thought Jezsus was born on November 18. Based on historical records, Fitzmyer guesses that Jezsus birth occurred on September 11, 3 BCE.

  15. Scott Davis says:

    The depravity of mankind and the results of it's offenses…It's a miracle that there are any of us left to contemplate the belly buttons of G-d's nurturing grace and design (the spiritual and physical source) for sustaining and supporting His gift of life imprinted on each of us which is His testimony of divine provision, love and care and purpose for all.

  16. Zvi Baranoff says:

    Assuming the birth of Jesus was December 25, wouldn't the Bris had been January 2? Interestingly enough, the Morocco World News makes a similar connection…hmm. ( http://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2012/12/72314/the-new-year-celebration-in-morocco-2/ ) Yes, Rosh Hashana is the head of our spiritual year. The New Year is celebrated worldwide by all that use the calendar. One has nothing to do with the other indeed. Nonetheless Happy New Year!

  17. A Christian once told me that the date for Christmas was set at December 25th because his cousin John the Baptist was 6 months older. (Their mothers, Mary and I think Elizabeth were cousins actually.) I remember from the time I was a student in Montreal that St-Jean Baptiste Day was June 24th. Who cares anyway?

  18. Yes, I wondered about the brit too. A Christian once told me that the "Feast of the Circumcision" was on the 8th day, so I guess you're right.

    New Years Eve, with all its excesses, is no more a Christian holiday than Groundhog Day is. It's just the evening of the last day of the civil calendar. So Happy New Year to all!

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