Can Jews Talk About Christmas?
Christmas is probably the most popular and well-known holiday in the world, certainly in the western world. Even those of different faiths have some awareness of Christmas. Movies and television shows are devoted to the spirit of the holiday each December and the themes of Christmas are in shops and public places everywhere. But what does this holiday mean to Jews, who have always been outsiders to the Christian experience even as they live comfortable lives in Europe or North America. And do all Christians relate to this holiday in the same way?
Sondra Oster Baras, an Orthodox Jew who has devoted her life to reaching out to Christians all over the world to bless Israel, shares a Jewish perspective on Christmas and New Year’s, even as Kimberly Troup, Christian Zionist director of CFOIC Heartland’s US office, and Tommy Waller, also a Christian Zionist, share their own perspectives om both of these holidays. Whether you are Jewish or Christian, and whether you celebrate Christmas or not, you will find this discussion engaging and enlightening. Watch this video and pass it on to your friends!
If there is a topic you would like to see Sondra and Tommy discuss in a future episode, please let us know. Send us your thoughts and questions at ASK@HAYOVEL.COM.
The conversation about Christmas and New Years between Jews and Christians is fraught with the experience of Jews in exile, in Europe and North America in particular. Today, as Jews have their own country and are no longer a minority in largely Christian countries, the conversation between Jews and Christians is different, more respectful and more natural. And it is this change in the conversation that defines the work of CFOIC Heartland more than anything else.
I hope you will consider becoming a regulator contributor to CFOIC Heartland, by becoming a member of Gideon’s Army. Through your support, you will be taking part in this changed conversation and moving our relationships to better and better levels of understanding and respect. And G-d is certainly blessing this amazing new relationship.