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Is it OK to Celebrate Halloween?

November 1, 2012 – 9:02 pm5 Comments

The Meshuggina Monsters, known as the Plácido Domingos of the Jewish Halloween genre

If Facebook is any guide, it seems a lot more people in Australia (and even in Israel) are celebrating Halloween this year compared to previous years.  This initially made us wonder if people, including those in our Facebook circles, were becoming more Americanised of late.

Of course, for others, there is another question that is largely irrespective of nationality.  And that is whether Jews, who might refrain from celebrating other non-Jewish festivals such a Christmas, should be celebrating Halloween at all. Unable to find a more entertaining answer, below is a response from a rather eccentric personality, to say the least (and then there’s the fellow sitting on the left!).

Hilarity aside, have you noticed Halloween’s increased popularity in Australia? Perhaps you enjoy celebrating Halloween? Or perhaps you think Halloween is not kosher? Whatever it is, we’re keen to hear your opinion!

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  • Moose says:

    If you celebrate Halloween, “all you’re doing is like going with popular stupid opinion”

    He sums it perfectly, and he’s only talking about American Jews.
    Even more apt for non-Americans.

  • Harry Joachim says:

    “(and then there’s the fellow sitting on the left!”

    The “fellow” on the left is Luke Ford, an Australian who converted to Reform Judaism in the US, found his calling as a no-holds-barred commentator on the sordid details of the American porn industry, and then became Orthodox. Quite a character, to say the least!

    More information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luke_ford

  • R B says:

    This reminds me of a debate at my workplace in Israel about 10 years ago. The HR department sent a blessing for Valentine’s day, and people started debating about it in email about it until the CEO ordered to stop it immediately.

    The claims were similar – many people, not necessarily religious, claimed that celebrating Valentine’s day is pathetic Americanization, and suggested HR to keep the blessing for Tu Be’Av.

  • ariel says:

    Why do jews need to celebrate this pagan holiday? We have purim for goodness sake, and that’s much more fun!

  • Eli says:

    HI guys,
    check out the answer here to all your questions…
    http://newjewishmedia.com/2012/10/trick-treat-question/
    yes I know ..shameless self promotion

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