Why does your paper promulgate disinformation to appease indisputable contra-historical tradition?
Every major encyclopedia acknowledges that there was no Christmas before 336 C.E. when Hellenist Roman gentile Christians adopted the idolatrous Hellenist Roman gentile festival for the sun-god, tracing back to the Iranian (Persian) "birthday of the unconquered sun" -- sun worship!
Christmas has no legitimate connection whatsoever to "the Babe" from Beit Lekhem. The description in the "Gospels," that there were shepherds in the fields, makes Dec. 25th impossible. Historical records document that shepherds brought their flocks into the folds in early autumn and remained their until sometime in spring.
The magi--Iranians (Persians)--were astrologers; astronomers of their day. They would have found the conjunction of the "Jews' planet" (Saturn => Saturn-day => Saturday) with the "regal planet" (Greek Zeus = Roman Jupiter) significant. "Had the astrologers, being from Iran or Iraq,“followed a star in the east” they would have wound up in Shanghai, China" staring out at Japan, NOT Jerusalem.(cited from chapter 2 notes, The Netzarim Reconstruction of Hebrew Matityahu). Computer calculations of the three conjunctions demonstrate that (contrary to a number of superficial theories, NONE of which indicate Dec. 25) the birth occurred May 29 of B.C.E. 7 (while Herod was still alive); nowhere near Dec. 25.
Your assertion that Jews celebrate Christmas is journalistic unprofessionalism based in Christian arrogance. Your assertion that Jews SHOULD celebrate Christmas--supporting the widespread imposition of Christmas on everyone--is flagrantly offensive, unacceptable and unconstitutional.
Paqid 16, The Netzarim, Ra'anana, Israel
Israeli Orthodox Jew (Teimani Baladi Dardai)
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