December 25, 2007

My Seasonal Message sent to thousands of Jews

Filed under: deep reflections — Reb Moshe @ 2:52 am

Shalom from Israel friends,

We live in a world where Judaism is a minority and you can’t be a Jew in the USA without Christmas in some way effecting you.

If you go to public school or college, usually it is mandatory to attend Christmas plays and other events. Through family & peer pressure many people even have a tree in their home and celebrate both holidays.

It is not my way to judge anyone but I want us to remember this holiday season that we are Jews and we should be proud of our own culture. If we are not and we see ourselves at a loss for true spiritually this holiday season, then lets take it as a sign to learn more about Jewish customs.

This holiday season is not about blending in with the “Jones”, but rather a time to reflect and see if we are real with ourselves. If you are not proud to be a Jew and when you lit your menorah, candles on chanukah, you felt nothing and it didn’t change you. Then, it is time to spend more time understanding our culture.

I don’t know how to say this and for everyone to accept it well but since my heart is sincere, I hope the words will someone touch all of us.

Don’t light a Christmas tree this year because everyone else is doing it and it looks fun. There are hundreds of daily Jewish traditions you probably never even heard of you could learn about this coming week and practice. Show your family & friends the beauty that comes from Judaism and Jew pride. Give this to the world this holiday season.

You know, we don’t lack in Jewish holidays. Every week we have a holiday called “Shabbos”. When a women lights her shabbos candles and a man makes a blessing over kiddush wine, and families sit down together to enjoy the shabbos and one another. Let me tell you, there is not one Christmas tree, caroling in the world that compares to the holiness and specialness of 1 hour of our Jewish Shabbos. Let us all be proud of this heritage! Let us show this pride to our children and grandchildren. Most important, for ourselves, let us be proud were it truly counts, inside our Jewish hearts.

4 Comments

  1. qratzmach is all pumped up to impress people, this is part of the problem,.

    Comment by Asa Yitzchak — December 25, 2007 @ 7:55 am

  2. WONDERFUL post. i came here via your note on MySpace and i am very glad i did. Thank you for this!!! It is all SO true.

    Comment by karen — December 26, 2007 @ 6:54 am

  3. This is very true and I am sure that the best way for Jews who care little for our own culure to correct this is to come to places like Tsfat or Yerushlayim and they will surely see yiddishkite in a more clear light.

    Comment by Yisroel Schindler — January 6, 2008 @ 8:37 pm

  4. B”H for this post and may it bring many Yidden closer to Yiddishkeit and may it help merit mevias HaMushaich bimhairu beyumaini umain.

    Comment by Yankel — January 10, 2008 @ 8:26 pm

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