Posts Tagged ‘ christmas traditions ’

How Christmas Eve Became a Jewish Holiday

December 24, 2013
Nittel Nacht

You may associate Christmas with Chinese food and a trip to the cineplex, but there’s an older and stranger Jewish tradition for Christmas Eve: Nittel Nacht. Nittel Nacht, whose etymology is uncertain, was the night that Eastern European yeshiva students spent the night playing card games and chess instead of studying Torah, mostly at home,…

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As Jewish As Chinese Food

July 28, 2011

“Ask yourself, what food have you eaten more recently,” says author Jennifer 8. Lee, “apple…

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Theodor Herzl’s Christmas Tree

December 24, 2010
Theodor Herzl's Christmas tree

Jews have devised all sorts of mechanisms for dealing with the holiday on December 25…

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