december dilemma

Find hope—and help—for Jewish-Gentile couples!
November 30, 2017

December poses a dilemma for many Jewish-Gentile couples as cross-cultural challenges surface, but there is help and hope for understanding and respecting each other’s traditions.

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The Hanukkah/Christmas Connection
November 9, 2016
Author: Diane Halm

This year Hanukkah and Christmas collide. But what is the spiritual connection between the two holidays?

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Born that Man No More May Die
October 1, 2014
Author: Lynn McCoy

When Harry Chapin led the crowd in singing a Christmas carol, this young Jewish woman found herself crying unexpectedly.

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Finding Spiritual Harmony

“My Jewish husband doesn’t believe in Jesus, so how can I find spiritual harmony in our case?”

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December Conundrum…and Solution
Author: Susan Perlman

Who is the One who can unite us during the Hanukkah/Christmas season?

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A Kosher Christmas?
Author: Rich Robinson

If Jesus is the Messiah, maybe instead of Chinese food and comedy, we should think about celebrating his birth in Jewish style.

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Resolving the December Dilemma
December 1, 2008

I don’t know where I first heard the term “December dilemma,” but it accurately describes a Jewish conundrum at this time of year. It refers to the cross-cultural tension that intermarried, specifically Jewish-Gentile couples and their children, experience at the winter holiday season. Many intermarried couples find these days particularly distressing. Familiar cultural symbols seem…

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A Transformed Celebration

As a child, I was always envious of my next-door neighbor who got to celebrate Christmas. Being Jewish, I had my own holiday, Hanukkah, but the gentile holiday seemed so much bigger, so much better. I did not consider the meaning of either day, only the outward trappings, and my festivity did not measure up….

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Irresistible, Irrepressible Hope
December 1, 2007

Question: On which day (or night) of the year are Israeli Jews most likely to set foot in a church? Answer: Christmas Day (or Eve). Surprised? It’s true. Add to that the annual “December dilemma” discussions in synagogues, Jewish newspapers, magazines and websites about Jewish participation in cultural/secular Christmas activities . . . and you…

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The Wrong Address?
November 15, 2006

I was raised in the Bronx and like many other Jewish boys who grew up there, I attended Talmud Torah daily from 3 to 6 P.M. There I learned Hebrew, Jewish history and Jewish culture, and I was taught the traditions and obligations of being a Jew. My father’s tailor shop was located only two…

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Beyond the Barrier of Commercialism
December 1, 1989

Despite the commercialism and secularization of the Christmas season, it remains a special time of year to believers in Jesus. At Christmas we think more readily of the impact of Christ’s birth, the joy that heralded his arrival and the majesty he forfeited in order to come and live among us. Many who are not…

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Merry Christmas—Jewish Style: How to Include Jewish Friends and Neighbors in Your Celebration
December 1, 1988
Author: Moishe Rosen

Christians can use this special season to share the good news of Messiah in a sensitive manner. Here are some answers to the most frequent questions concerning the Christmas season and the Jewish people.

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