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The Perversion of Jews for Christmas

This no longer looks like a slippery slope, folks, it's more like a greased pole.

Bernie Farber (L) and Avrum Rosensweig (R) with film star Mia Farrow who has no connection to this diatribe. Their article "A Jewish take on the meaning of Christmas" both took my breath away and made my skin crawl.

Bernie Farber (L) and Avrum Rosensweig (R) with film star Mia Farrow who has no connection to this diatribe. Their article "A Jewish take on the meaning of Christmas" both took my breath away and made my skin crawl.
Photo Credit: Facebook, with some Photoshopping.

Reading Bernie M. Farber and Avrum Rosensweig’s article in the Toronto Star, A Jewish take on the meaning of Christmas, with the sub-headline: “The Christmas season embodies the symbolism of light and peace that is shared by virtually every faith tradition,” I immediately thought of the Warsaw pogrom of 1881. I’m sorry that my brain works this way, it’s possible that I’m a bitter, bitter old Jew who just can’t forgive, but, you know, somebody needs to be.

“As Canadian Jews we have both embraced this time of the year and having traveled similar paths have tried to find the universal themes of this holiday to help shape a better world,” write Bernie and Avrum.

So, I’m thinking, here’s one path they should have traveled, just to get more context…

Historian Simon Dubnow describes the outbreak of a stampede in the crowded Holy Cross Church in Warsaw, on Christmas Day of 1881, when a false fire rumor resulted in the deaths of twenty-nine persons. A crowd quickly gathered at the site of the tragedy, and someone spread the rumor that the false alarm had been spread by two Jewish pickpockets.

The mob began to attack Jews, Jewish stores, businesses, and residences in the streets close to the Holy Cross Church. The riot continued for three days, until the Russian authorities (Poland was under Czarist rule at the time) finally intervened. Two Jews were killed and 24 injured. A thousand Jewish families became devastated financially.

Similarly, throughout our dark and bloody history in Europe, this day, whether on its modern date, in December, or its original Greek Orthodox date, in January, was always an opportunity for the local priests to encourage their flock to thin out the Jewish population.

I can understand boosting the value of Chanukah beyond its original place in the rabbinical calendar, as an attempt to provide our children with a bright and shiny alternative to the gentile window dressings and lovely, decorated indoor trees. But to go ahead and embrace the holiday of our tormentors—the birth of their “savior,” no less—as having something to do with Jewish tradition takes my breath away and makes my skin crawl at the same time—which can be very harmful to one’s health at my age, let me tell you.

“Even as Jews we can embrace the wish of a ‘Merry Christmas’ and urge those who may not celebrate the holiday to rejoice in the universal messages of peace that all faiths embody,” writes the comedy team of Bernie and Avrum.

Crīstesmæsse, meaning “Christ’s Mass” in old English, is an annual commemoration of the birth of “Jesus Christ.” The “Christ” part is from the Greek Χριστός (Khrīstos), meaning “the anointed one,” or, in Hebrew, “Mashiach.” The “Mass” part comes from the Latin “missa,” the celebration of the Eucharist, or (take your pick) “Holy Communion,” the “Sacrament of the Altar,” the “Blessed Sacrament,” or “the Lord’s Supper.”

In other words, what the A&B team are calling “the universal messages of peace” is packed with enough Replacement Theology to light up a yahrzeit candle for all the Jewish victims of wintertime pogroms and then some.

“Merry Christmas” is a dark and hateful greeting, combining the celebration of a king of Israel that defiles the laws of Torah with the Eucharist substitute for the Jewish Temple sacrifices, to connote a final message of the much anticipated death of Judaism.

That pogroms throughout the generations were carried out by gentiles shouting “Merry Christmas” (“Happy Easter,” too, later in the year) were not an aberration of the true spirit of Christmas – they, in fact, carried out the true spirit of Christmas.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.

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110 Responses to “The Perversion of Jews for Christmas”

  1. It is still better to embrace Christianity than Islam. The seriously greasy pole is the UN,politicians and bureaucrats pandering to Islam. You can guarantee that an Islamic regime, despite the lies about leaving Jews alone, will try to exterminate us.

  2. I like keeping separate. Maybe Canadian Jews should adopt the American tradition of Chinese food and a movie on Christmas day.

  3. You see it as perversion. I see it all as perversion, but too many Jews will not look and don’t want to because they, if they have a brain in their head and a heart in their chest and a gut will know that all Christianity is a perversion. It turns my stomach every day. And so do Jews who act like Christians or defend them. They are animals. And these guys might as well ask for a dog dish and leash for xmas.

  4. Myriam Obadia says:

    Christmas isn't even Christian. Most historians agree that Jesus was probably born in either January or February, depending on the calender used. The Church of Rome (Vatican) chose the 25th of December to co-opt and replace the pagan solstice holiday which they couldn't stop being celebrated all over Europe.

  5. Sue Johnson says:

    I am sorry you are so bitter. I am a Christian who is grateful to Judaism. But you are so bitter it makes me hurt. "Merry Christmas" is just a way of telling people to have a wonderful day today. It is not anti-Semitic to any Christians I know. Enjoying the Santa tradition is not the same as participating in Communion. Christmas brings a sense of unity among all Christians and should foster good will among ALL people— at least from Christians. I have a menorrah in my home because I am grateful to Judaism and to th Jew I worship.I feel sorry for you.

  6. Yori Yanover says:

    Sue Johnson · First, thank you for the sympathy. Second, even if it may come across that way, this article is not a criticism of Christians, but of Jews who celebrate a day so suffused in Jewish blood.

  7. Sue Johnson says:

    Yori Yanover: I worship a Jew who willingly shed his Jewish blood for everyone. Anti_iSemitism is evil and I despise the fact the "Christians" have participated in killing our Jewish brethren. But in Christianity there is a similar departure from the traditional (LDS for example). But I am not bitter over their choice to a different belief.
    To me, there is more danger to Judaism from secularism than from those who embrace Christianity.

  8. Pedro Acosta says:

    Shamaya, you are too intense. But I agree with most of what you said. Best to greet each other with happy holidays, as I see very few Xtians, greeting Jews with Happy Hanukkah.

  9. Yori Yanover says:

    Sue Johnson – Unfortunately, the killing of millions of Jews by Christians over the centuries has not been a perversion of Christianity, but rather carrying out the inherent message of the Christian movement from its inception. You, and many US Christians who genuinely love Jews, as I believe you do, are the exception, and a very fine and heart warming exception at that.

    Immorality is written into the Christian ideology. The very notion that one person can take on the sin of a second person against a third person is so completely immoral, it makes any sensible person shudder. The idea that God makes himself into a person is so fundamentally pagan, it makes my head swirl. It's a Greek belief wrapped in some bizarre notion of monotheism — how could it not end in bloodshed?

  10. Pedro Acosta says:

    Shemaya, is there a a good Jewish community in Havana? I am from there.

  11. Sue Johnson says:

    Yori Yanover : The early church and the church that was formed in 325 are not the same. Anti-Semitism in the church began with Constantine. Not all Christianity embraced those beliefs, but the church in Rome was the richer and stronger one. Not all Christians sleep in the same bed.

  12. If Yeshua was walking among us, He surely wound not keep His birthday on dec. 25th. It has nothing to do with Christianity. It’s pagan.

  13. Yori Yanover says:

    Sue Johnson – I agree, and I never tire of telling the joke about a European Jew and an American Jew who meet, the European brags about the museums and the art and the music, and what do you have? So the American Jew says: We have better gentiles.

  14. Yeremiahu Rueben Yonteff says:

    Sue Johnson So the people that invented xtianity got it wrong i suppose. That in and of itself should tell you something. Im with Yori that there are many sincere and decent xtians in america particularly that really do care for Jews, but they would be better served recognizing that they are capable of such moral living without xtianity which has never been a particularly moral faith, and as Yori points out teaches the fundamentally immoral notion that someone else and not yourself is responsible for the correction and absolution of your moral failings. There are plenty of Noahide communities who are G-d fearing gentiles and not burdened by the profound theological inconsistencies and cognitive dissidence that xtianity demands. For them there is no need to say I love the jewish people, "But".

  15. Is there any day that is NOT (as Mr. Yanover puts it) "suffused in Jewish blood"?

  16. Anonymous says:

    A true Christian loves the Jewish people.

  17. Bart Simpson said it best:

    "Aren't we forgetting the true meaning of Christmas? You know… the birth of Santa." — Bart Simpson

    Oh wait, that's not the one I meant… I meant this one:

    "Christmas is a time when people of all religions come together to worship Jesus Christ." — Bart Simpson

  18. Master Yahweh does not change. Stay away from pagan worship such as Xmas, easter, and yule day, to name a few. He tells us that those who worship the sun and moon gods will be cut off. Don’t be enticed by them. What is the difference between the ashteroth pole and Xmas tree? Why would anyone want something that is a gross representation of a males anatomy to be displayed any where near them or their children? Look up Semiramis and her illegitimate son.

  19. As a Christian, I apologize to every Jewish person for the sins of my Fathers. It saddens me and breaks my heart to read about our tragic history. Secondly, I do not apologize for the New Testament. It is a Jewish Book and because of it I have come to love and respect the Jewish people.

  20. Shemaya, Animals??? CHRISTians are the Only People Who Actually Support Israel!!! JESUS Is All thru the Torah. Don’t Trash something you Obviously Know Nothing About!! You Will See HIM and Know That JESUS Is The ONLY MESSIAH. BUT You will have to go thru the tribulation period before you understand. Thru history Jews have periodically had to go thru discipline from GOD. A Stiffnecked people. BUT GOD Is Always in Control. JESUS Died for your sin.

  21. Thomas. You miss the point. We don’t know exactly when. But we celebrate HIM. Halloween started as a Christian Holiday. But Christians criticize because of the way it has been celebrated for years. Any day can be CHRISTIAN Or Pagan. Depending on how it is Celebrated. GOD Looks on the Heart.

  22. Leo Erwin says:


  23. And Thomas Who Gave you the authority to Speak for Yeshua??

  24. Yori Yanover says:

    David Brownfield · Actually, the New Testament is far more a Greek than a Jewish book, certainly with its concepts of Gods roaming the earth, dating mortal women, and of Gods (Prometheus) sacrificing themselves to atone for the sins of mankind. Virtually all the Jewish ideas are completely maligned in it, most prominently the notion of God being at the center of the universe (and not killing Himself to serve people); God having no discernible shape or feelings—certainly not love; and finally, possibly most crucially – the notion of worshiping God only through the commandments, and not through human ideations.

  25. Dan Silagi says:

    Everywhere else in the world, Yori, December 25th, Christmas Day, is also known as Wednesday.

  26. David Blatt says:

    For as long as I can remember, we have fools like Yanover who go out of their way to bash Christmas. It's enough. Be a good neighbor Yori.

  27. Gil Gilman says:

    Yori, you need to update your photo, or maybe you are only 60, after all. Bitter maybe, old no.

  28. Anonymous says:

    We should all do our best to live up to the ten commandments. There will be a day of judgement by a Just God. No one will escape the Judgement. In the mean time lets enjoy life and give God praise.

  29. Maureen Rowland says:

    Me i am both.

  30. Yori Yanover says:

    Leo Erwin · Feeling better now?

  31. Eileen Coughlin Schnepper says:

    Amen, Yori. Even a gentile like me can see the writing on the wall! Jews are not to assimilate they are to bring the Light of Torah not embrace the lights of Christmas!

  32. Anonymous says:

    Yori, the attitude your responses reveal is an example of a "self-fulfilling prophesy". If we hate a religion that stopped hating us before we were born we are apt to bring back the very hate that you fear.

  33. Dick Farrel says:

    you ignorant fool…Jesus Christ is Jewish…They worship a Jew as their God. What is there to be upset by? I wish every day was Christmas…Peace on Earth and Good will toward men. Every Jew Should celebrate Christmas. Jews and Christians UNITED–Strong, serving the Same GOD. we are the same corporation, same CEO, different divisions…and one of our’s heads their division. 4/5th of Jews will perish when The Lord returns. Guess which one you will be?

  34. Dick Farrel says:

    no Canadian Jews…all half a million of em…make sure to celebrate BOXING DAY!

  35. Mike Moore says:

    Yori, although the New Testament was written in the Greek language all its authors were Jewish, it was addressed to both Jewish and Gentile believers (and also non-believers). I can't say that I was an anti-Semite before I became a Christian but afterI became a Christian the New Testament killed any latent anti-Jewish feeling I might have have harboured. The source of the New Testaments teaching is not Greek and Roman mythology but the Tanakh. You should familiarise yourself with it before condemning it. Jesus was a Jew. It was not Jesus or true Christianity that inspired the crimes against the Jews that you list. It was the corrupt minds and hearts of the perpetrators.

  36. Yakov Spitzer says:

    You are right Johnson, no question. It's so hard for me, as a Jew, to read what Yori wrote. It's true that we had a very bitter history, but to say that this is the true spirit of the Christianity is not only ignorant and unfair, but also fresh. How can a person who is not a christian declare what 'true christianity' is?… History is far more complexed than that, and anti-semitism is a disease which is itself quite complicated. I agree that we all face today a common threat which is secularism, against which we all ought to stay together as a united force. I wish the world would be little more christian today…

  37. Yeremiahu Rueben Yonteff says:

    Yakov Spitzer the phrase "true xtianity" in and of itself is an attempt to whitewash the history of brutality that xtians have commited against a great deal of peoples across the world. Its much like saying you can support communism and socialism but disassociate with the atrocities of Mao, Stalin and Hitler yemach shemo. Xtians like any other people should be judged by their actions and up until only recently have they offered the world much but bloodshed and prejudice. Many variations of Idol worship have had a far more peaceful history and contribution to the world. Whether xtianity will continue on in a positive direction or dwindle away without the use of force to "persuade" only time will tell.

  38. He really needs to lighten up. Then again, I like curmudgeons… so, carry on Yori.

  39. Sue Johnson says:

    It is wrong to blame All Christians for the actions of a few who call themselvesChristian but are only deceiving themselves.

  40. What is a Christmas tree if not a dead tree? Millions are cut down every year and none of them are ever brought back to life. Perhaps it is a fitting symbol of the faith. For the record though, Jesus never promoted violence against anybody. The bigger issues such as God making himself a mortal to save mankind or the splitting of One into three…well, these are issues that people will have to agree to disagree over. Personally, I don't see how a logical Creator would muddy the waters so much with such a finite way of salvation for the human race. According to most Christians, anybody who doesn't profess their faith in Christ is damned to eternal hell, and that belief has never sat well with somebody who knows that most people either haven't heard the name of Christ or haven't heard that name without it coming with great violence and oppression. Not to mention, is it fair to expect anybody to believe a man they've never met or witnessed performing miracles to actually be God? If it is true, I wouldn't expect anybody to believe it…it's like expecting an ant to have the same perspective as a bird when the ant can't see above a blade of grass while a bird can see above the tallest of trees, living or dead.

  41. AC Stubbs says:

    BS "Merry Christmas" today is only a problem for utter bigots

  42. AC Stubbs says:

    Yori Yanover Problem feels better than your whiny a$$

  43. AC Stubbs says:

    Yori Yanover BS This article was very much a hate-filled rant against Christians

  44. Aldo Mimoun says:

    Right on.

  45. AC Stubbs says:

    Liar 25 December may not be the actual day but is all about being Christian.

  46. Myriam Obadia says:

    AC Stubbs Nope, the only Christian holiday which isn't either a Jewish holiday or a poorly disguised pagan celebration is Easter (Jesus celebrating Passover with his friends/Minyan), being betrayed by one of them, being crucified by the Roman, and -according to the Christian religion- Alive again 3 days after he died.

  47. Myriam Obadia says:

    I don't begrudge you your celebration, I'm just giving its historical origin.

  48. Joseph Colen says:

    I rather see a Christmas tree down the street that does not affect a Jew than seeing a crystal ball in a Kabbalah séance full of religious Jews.

  49. Yori Yanover says:

    emilfriedman – What religion are you inferring? Have you seen the news from Europe recently? Have you read about churches boycotting Israel? Do you really think the antisemitism of the Baptists and the Scottish church and whatnot are any different from the polish and Russian pogromists'? Do you really see a difference between anti-Zionists and plain Jew haters?

  50. Yori Yanover says:

    Mike Moore – Read the New Testament in college, read several books on Paul. The entire approach of Pauline Christianity centers on "spiritual" versus "carnal" Israel. Which means that, in its essence, Christianity is a departure from the commandments based Jewish tradition, the Torah and the Jewish prophets — to a kind of theoretical faith emphasizing feelings over deeds. It's no wonder it sold so well — Paul merchandised a new path to heaven that didn't require responsibility or maturity–which the Torah demands.

  51. Yori Yanover says:

    Yakov Spitzer – I disagree with your notion that antisemitism is a Christian problem but not written into the essence of Christianity. Christianity is based on the Replacement Theology, in which Knesset israel is dead and the Church is the new bride of God. This means the Jews must either become Christian, or die. Our very survival as a nation is an affront to Christianity.

  52. Millie Kashuk says:

    I am Jewish and I love and I am proud to be Jewish……….However, I can still
    say Merry Xmas to friends and neighbors who are not Jewish…….It is nice to be a mench…………

  53. Sue Johnson says:

    Myriam Obadia But did not many Jewish holidays grow out of pagan agrarian festivals? Succoth, Shavout, First Fruits???

  54. I agree yirmiyahu 10.1

  55. santa aka satan! wakey wakey

  56. Leo Erwin says:

    Yori Yanover hehehehehhhehhehhehhe love your name…..and your smile….

  57. Yori Yanover As a Christian I am very sorry for what so many Christians did in the past against Jews. They were nominal Christians, because if they lived as Christians they would love Jews and have friends among Jewish community as I have. As for anti-semitism I really can’t understand how a Christian can support the enemies of Israel.

  58. Well, the man said he is a old bitter Jew who can't forgive, etc. What he needs to accept that he is not then God , and people don't need his forgiveness and that Yahweh God, the God of Abraham, is the very one who has been punishing the Jews for being hostile and treacherous to Yahweh God, according to Moses' Law in Leviticus 26 th chapter that God is yet calling the Jews to repent of their stiff neck , their treachery and their hostility, not that they only shown that to their neighbors or the gentiles, in their own times , but according to God, they shown that hostility and treachery to their God YAHWEH. And Yahweh does not ask for the Gentiles to take the blame, no, Yahweh asks the Jews to confess, that their Tradition is not of God's Divine Providence, but has been all along the affair of the Jews in their hostility and treachery, unless now they want to call God a liar,

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