Christmastime in Israel

christmas in israel

Is this a trend? You can read here an article about Israeli Jews wanting to learn more about Christmas and Christianity. The article has everything to do with pleasure, holiday tourism, and the opening of minds to religious difference in Jewish majority Israeli society. And if you pardon the politics, I’ll add that the story reflects nicely on Zionism and what it can also mean, less blinkered and hunkered down and in relation to religion and culture. On Israeli Palestinian reactions to this phenomenon, con and pro, there is this article which you can read here. At issue is the tension between activists concerned about cultural appropriation and inequality  based on race and ethnicity versus commercial and cultural interests, again, in relation to “holiday.”

About zjb

Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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