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There are 4 comments on the Newsday story from Dec 13, 2008, titled NY town takes inclusive approach to Christmas display, adds Isl.... In it, Newsday reports that:

When they light the town Christmas tree in Armonk on Sunday, there will be a Jewish menorah right alongside, as usual.

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Bronx, NY

#1 Dec 14, 2008
This is fine. Just don't call it a "holiday tree".
Officer McGruff

Port Washington, NY

#2 Dec 14, 2008
liner wrote:
This is fine. Just don't call it a "holiday tree".
And what about Kwanzaa?

Englewood, TN

#3 Dec 16, 2008
Hanukkah, from the Hebrew word for "dedication" or "consecration", marks the re-dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem after its desecration by the forces of Antiochus IV and commemorates the "miracle of the container of oil."According to the Talmud, at the re-dedication following the victory of the Maccabees over the Seleucid Empire, there was only enough consecrated olive oil to fuel the eternal flame in the Temple for one day. Miraculously, the oil burned for eight days, which was the length of time it took to press, prepare and consecrate fresh olive oil.

An Islamic shrine, the Dome of the Rock, has stood on the site of the Temple since the late 7th Century AD, and the al-Aqsa Mosque, from roughly the same period, also stands on the Temple courtyard.

Maccabees had the the reason to celebrate Hannukka but how do the present day Jews celebrate Hannukka when the same temple is controlled by a Waqf (an Islamic trust).
Is not their job to sanctify the temple like Maccabees did and then celebrate Hannukka instead of competing with christians and christmas.


Although it’s a popular holiday for Jews, it is not their most sacred — in fact, the story isn’t even mentioned in the Torah.

Alex Lubet , the Hillel Board of Directors president and a music professor at the University, said Hanukkah doesn’t reflect the full depth of Judaism. Other more sacred holidays include Passover and Yom Kippur.

Laura Supkoff , a Jewish University graduate student, said it’s not a holiday that people would take off work to celebrate.

“It receives a lot more attention than it actually should, just because Christmas is at the same time,” she said.

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The Mountain Empire

#4 Dec 16, 2008
liner wrote:
This is fine. Just don't call it a "holiday tree".
How about a druid tree?

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