web analytics
September 23, 2014 / 28 Elul, 5774
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
Meir Panim with Soldiers 5774 Roundup: Year of Relief and Service for Israel’s Needy

Meir Panim implements programs that serve Israel’s neediest populations with respect and dignity. Meir Panim also coordinated care packages for families in the South during the Gaza War.



Tel Aviv School Bans Students’ New Year’s Santa Claus Hats

Some Russian-descent students just don’t understand that Israel is a Jewish state, Mahmoud Abbas notwithstanding.
santa

Students from Russian descent and who learn at a Tel Aviv high school are up in a arms over their principal’s threat to suspend them from school for insisting on wearing Santa Claus hats to mark the end of the secular year and the beginning of 2014.

The Ministry of Education denied that the principal suspended one of the students who refused to obey the order, the Hebrew-language Yediot Acharonot newspaper reported.

Santa Claus is associated with Christmas, but the students said they have a tradition of coming to school on December 31 with Santa Claus hats.

The Education Ministry explained that the principal simply was enforcing a nationwide policy that students wear the same style of clothes and appear properly dressed in class. It said that the students could dress as they please during recess, even if they want to put on Santa Claus hats.

There are an estimated 300,000 former Soviet bloc immigrants who are not Jewish and are living in Israel, thanks to then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon who was anxious to boost the non-Arab population at all costs, especially at the cost of a Jewish state.

Whether or not the students at the Tel Aviv school are Jewish or not, they obviously have little Jewish identity.

“I have learned in this school since the seventh grade, and every December 31 we arrive with Santa Claus hats to commemorate the new year,” one girl said. “In previous years, we also arranged parties.”

And along comes a new principal who is a party pooper.

This it’s not a matter or religious or cultural coercion. It is a matter of ignorance.

“This very insulting,” said the girl. “I was born in Israel, and my mother was born in Russia. We are not talking about a political issue but a hat that symbolizes the beginning of the new year.”

A ninth-grader said, “I would expect the principal to identify with us or at least allow us to keep the custom. It does not disturb or damage anyone.”

Oh, really?

Wouldn’t it be interesting if a bunch of Russian olim at the school were to come closer to Judaism and start wearing a kippa to class? I wonder how tolerant the other students would be. They would be as tolerant as my junior high school principal was in the 1950s, when I dared to put on a kippa when eating lunch in the cafeteria and organize a minyan for Grace after Meals. The principal hauled me into his office with a threat of suspension for the offense of wearing a hat in school, a no-no in those days.

Before people start throwing around the mis-used word “democracy,” Israel is a Jewish state. A large majority of Israeli Jews keep kosher, on one level or another. A large majority of Israeli Jews honor the Sabbath, even if they are not strictly observant.

An overwhelming of Israeli Jews, converts or not, know their roots start with the forefather Avraham. They know that Santa Claus is not just a funny looking character but rather a dangerous symbol of materialism that insults the character and values of Judaism.

The entire Santa Claus hat issue is an anecdote, even a funny anecdote, but it symbolizes the issue of a Jewish state.

There are those who are willing to sacrifice Judaism on the altar of “freedom”  to do as one pleases so long as it is not a Haredi Jew wearing a shtreimel in a public park.

Illegal African immigrants have a right to stay in Israel. Bedouin men have a right to marry as many women as they want, with the government paying them for child support, as they proliferate to the point of reducing Jews to a minority.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

19 Responses to “Tel Aviv School Bans Students’ New Year’s Santa Claus Hats”

  1. Anthony Kent says:

    Red Santa hats were invented by Coca Cola in 1930. They have little to do with christian belief. Let the students have a bit of fun. Maybe they can get blue ones.

  2. Israel is the home for all Israelis. Not only Jewish, but Christians, Muslims, Russians, Argentinians, etc. What is that? Jewish Apartheid law? Is that for what our Zionist forefathers fought for? To put a whole a nation under one religion, one unable to evolve with its own people, for its own people?

  3. THIS ISRAEL THE JEWISH STATE,OUR NEW YEAR IS ROSH HASHANA.NO MORE & NO LESS

  4. @Anthony Kent: "Red Santa hats were invented by Coca Cola in 1930."

    Not so.
    http://www.snopes.com/holidays/christmas/santa/cocacola.asp

  5. One religion or let it fall …again because it will. Every time until we get it right instead of goy.

  6. Joe Newberry says:

    Shemaya I AGREE!!!!

  7. Miriam Goodman says:

    Proper Jewish education teaching Jewish values is the answer to this problem.

  8. Miriam Goodman says:

    Proper Jewish education teaching Jewish values is the answer to this problem. I wonder how many Russian students are even Jewish?

  9. Lisa Kamins says:

    thank you

  10. Yechiel Baum says:

    By now, what is wrong with these students being introduced to Yamulkes instead of parents teaching them about the silly red color santa (satan) hats

  11. AC Stubbs says:

    "Satan" hats..you're an idiot

  12. AC Stubbs says:

    The title is misleading Nothinig during the school day, what they want at recess. AND to say that the kids are insulting Judasim is stupid, Jewish Press should fire this idiot

  13. Leo Erwin says:

    DITTO….YEEA….THIS IS MESLEADING AND THE JERK NEEDS FIRED…STUPID ARTICLE FOR ANYONE TO READ…AND SO…THEY ARE APPARENT CHRISTIANS…AND NOT JEWISH CHILDREN…MORONS…PASS OUT YAMULKES AND FOR FREE…QUIT MOANING AND HELP PEOPLE UNDERSTAND ….

  14. Leo Erwin says:

    HEY…COCOA COLA DUDE….NOT SO…SANTA WAS NOT INVENTED BY THAT COCOA COLA..FAMILY….THEY WERE FROM GEORGIA…AND SANTA HAD BEEN IN BUSINESS FOR YEARS…..MORON…

  15. AC Stubbs, you need to take a course on communication. AND stop calling people idiots or any other names because of their beliefs. That's how wars start. If this is a Jewish school and rules set up…then shout up and follow them or go to a different school. Jewish schools/Jewish traditions…Catholic schools/Catholic traditions…don't like it/go somewhere else. That's democratic freedom.

  16. James Johnston Ferguson says:

    what is wrong with wearing a Yuletide Hat ?

  17. I agree, as santa has invaded our Christmas celebrations also, Christmas has nothing to do with santa claus and now our kids are fed a false doctrine about santa and his reindeer, who doesnt even exist. the stores of course commercialize this tremendously, but really Christmas is the celebrating of Christ coming into this world to free us from the bondage of sin. I believe only in Holland santa claus day and Christmast are held on seperate days.

  18. christians resent the fact that santa claus is introduce into us celebrating the birth of Christ whom gave hope and life to this dying world

  19. @ Ariel Riquelme "Firm stands His Word to Abraham spoken, His oath to Isaac never broken, His everlasting covenant, with Israel, G-d will not recant. He said "To you this land I give that as my heirs you there may live." Problem when immigrants do not honour the customs of the land and bring their own customs and traditions, the land soon falls into idolatry. to be kind to strangers is different then to allow those same strangers to force their ideas and customs upon the people of the land.

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Yamam Hebron Shootout
Israel SWAT Team Exchanging Fire with Hamas Kidnappers in Hebron [video]
Latest News Stories
Yamam Hebron Shootout

The YAMAM counter terrorist unit killed the 2 terrorists. This is part of that video.

The two were traveling on stolen Israeli passports, and had changed the photos to their own.

The renewed ceasefire talks between Israel and Hamas ended peacefully for the day.

Father Gabriel Naddaf at the UN Human Rights Council

“In the Middle East today, there is one country where Christianity is not only not persecuted, but affectionately granted freedom of expression, freedom of worship and security. It is Israel, the Jewish State. “

ISIS has launched a global campaign to encourage Muslims to murder non-Muslims.

A French citizen is abducted and his life is now threatened by an ISIS group in Algeria.

Dr. Boaz Ganor, co-founder and executive director of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel, calls Hamas and Hizbullah “hybrid” terrorist organizations.

A travel terror attack was foiled Tuesday on a road near Ashdod thanks to the alert eyes of the Israeli public and police.

Four Arab teens are indicted in connection with Sept. 7 attack on French Hill gas station.

PM Netanyahu has sent out his Rosh HaShana greeting to Jews around the world.

The IDF shot down a Syrian fighter jet that infiltrated Israeli air space, using a Patriot missile.

PA Chairman Abbas sent a message to Israeli PM Netanyahu in advance of the UN General Assembly: “End the occupation. Make peace.”

PM Netanyahu’s unprecedented NIS 2b development plan for southern Israel was approved Tuesday.

A statement issued by the Frenkel, Yifrach and Sha’ar families thanks Israel for ‘justice served.’

Three wounded Syrians were treated Tuesday at Nahariya’s Western Galilee Medical Center.

More Articles from Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
Hamas terrorists prepare their version of the cease-fire.

The cease-fire does not mean Hamas can’t prepare to end it.

Ex-KKK Wizard David Duke.

“How can you separate politics and health? The two go hand-in-hand.” – editor of Lancet medical journal.

Add BDS to the long list of those who never will forgive Obama.

The exact location is secret because of safety concerns. How long before the PA claims it is theirs?

Israel welcomed 24,801 new immigrants this past year. Another 6-8 million did not make it – yet.

Benign neglect could be setting up Jews in eastern Jerusalem for “Gush Katif No. 2”

A good Jewish boy has a Bar Mitzvah at 13. A good Muslim fanatic joins the ISIS.

Mainstream media report “all the news to print that fits” the anti-Israeli agenda.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/tel-aviv-school-bans-students-new-years-santa-claus-hats/2013/12/31/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: