Would Jewish people be offended if Christians celebrate Jewish holidays?

Posted by Vera Ferris on January 5th, 2010 and filed under Jewish Holidays | 30 Comments »

Also, is it wrong for Christians to celebrate Jewish Holidays?

I don’t mind at all as long as they call themselves Christians. It’s the deceitful Jews for Jesus and Messianic Jews who are actually Christians who pretend to be Jews in order to convert our children and secular adults to Christianity.

Christians have been trying to annihilate Jews for 2000 years. The method for the 21st century is deceitful conversions.
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30 Responses

  1. Vöt Änårж Says:

    Now why in the world would a Christian do that?
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  2. Worship God or You Die Says:

    The Jews have rejected Jesus, who has been proven to be the Savior. Therefore, they are heretics.

    We Christians should never acknowledge any of their holidays or teachings.
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  3. Chris Says:

    I have led Pesach Seders, and also watched people do everything involved with Sukkot (I was too lazy to do it myself!).

    It’s great to see Jesus in the feasts. Jesus is the meaning of every Biblical feast. :)
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  4. bartfart=] Says:

    yes Kwanza Black People got if from the Jew’s Chanukah
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  5. kiwi Says:

    the only circumstances under which that would happen would be if a jewish man/woman married a christian man/woman and wanted to respect both cultures/families.

    in which case, there is nothing wrong.
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  6. Blue Foots ™ Says:

    I don’t think I would be offended so much if it wasn’t all of a sudden "Hi, I’m a Christian celebrating a Jewish holiday and we’re adding Jesus to the whole story to have it make sense to us"….instead, if they celebrated it just for the experience, that’s cool with me, but adding the Jesus twist is insulting.
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  7. anonopokes Says:

    my friends showed up to my bar mitzvah on shabbat which is a jewish holiday and i wasn’t offended
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  8. bcrekmore Says:

    Jesus was Jewish.
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  9. the01animal Says:

    we do we celebrate paschal or passover for one
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  10. sunny_girl Says:

    I think it would be a blast to celebrate them.
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  11. Kosher Ninja JPA Says:

    You are very welcome to join with us in celebrating our festivals and holidays :)

    The only thing we have a problem with is that *some* Christians are taking our festivals, such as Passover, and trying to back engineer Jesus into it, thus turning it FROM a Jewish custom into, well, something else entirely.

    If you are interested in the Jewish holidays etc, then by all means, either ask any Jewish friends if you can attend Synagogue with them, or you can also contact Chabad, if you have a group near you? They are very friendly and supportive of non Jews interested in Jewish customs etc.

    Shalom!

    EDIT

    CHRIS has just illustrated my point!!!

    And to the other answerer: we don’t ‘reject’ Jesus any more than YOU ‘reject’ Mohammed.

    http://www.chabad.org/
    http://www.ajewwithaview.com
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  12. Mordechai B Says:

    I would not be offended. I am offended though, by Jews celebrating Christian holidays.
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  13. MissMazelTov Says:

    Christians celebrate Christian holidays.
    And Jewish people celebrate Jewish holidays.
    Capiche?
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  14. cadisneygirl Says:

    Jews and Christians share a similar history up until the time of Christ so it would make complete sense for a Christian to celebrate a Jewish holiday.

    I dont understand why I am getting thumbs down. The religion of Christianity claims to date back to the time of Adam and Eve. They claim to extend to the jewish faith until Christ came and some of the doctrines and gospel changed because a Savior had come and fulfilled much of the law. If you are Christian then you would absolutely believe that your history lies within the Jewish history, as well.

    Why would it be strange for a Christian to celebrate Passover? Is the story not a story that Christians believe in as well?

    JPA
    I am not talking about changing jewish holidays to fit Christianity. I am talking about Christians celebrating the Jewish holidays as a Jewish person would.
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  15. plushy_bear JPA Says:

    Heck no. Join us for holidays!
    We’ve hosted a number of people for Pesach (Passover) seders; folks of all faiths.

    What we (OK, I – I’ll speak for myself) find offensive is when Christians put their religion into Jewish holidays. I will celebrate Christmas with my in-laws; I won’t go to mass, but will celebrate the family fun and appreciate their beliefs. I don’t interject my faith into their holiday, and let them worship as they see fit; it’s their holiday after all.
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  16. The_Cricket: Shmily Says:

    Most Jews would not be offended if, for example, Christians chose to take part in a Passover meal. I don’t see why it would be wrong. Jesus celebrated Jewish holidays, didn’t He?
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  17. Tyreeisme! Says:

    yes, we Jewish people a have right to our own traditions and Christian people have a right to have their own tradition
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  18. тσχι¢ тєαrs [Yuschenko no more!] Says:

    There’s nothing wrong with celebrating Jewish holidays, as long as you don’t mix the two religions together , and pretend the Jewish Passover is somehow connected with Jesus, and that Jewish holidays aresomehow connected with Christianity.
    Oh, and celebrating Jewish holidays doesn’t make a person Jewish, so Christians who celebrate jewish holidays shouldn’t call themselves ‘Jewish Christians’ or whatever.

    The first three replies to this are disgusting and disgraceful.
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  19. Frau Asher /JPA/ Heathen Says:

    answer: I know Jews are very open to people joining them in their celebrations.

    What is offensive is what Chris is describing. Taking and twisting and perverting the original Jewish ritual and holy days and inserting Christianity into it. It’s HIGHLY disrespectful, dishonest and shameful. It dishonors both Christianity and Judaism
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  20. JackN Says:

    No, at least not if they are a knowledgeable Jewish person. The Bible states that the nation of Israel was the focus of God’s salvation plan. We know that this was the case, from a thorough research of the Bible, from 1,447 B.C. (the date the nation of Israel was led out of Egypt by God, using Moses as a type or figure of the law of God and also, in the physical sense, as a type or figure of the Lord Jesus Christ) until 33 A.D. The calendar of the earth’s timetable is ONE timetable, and Christians need to learn it from God’s word the Bible and become intimately familiar with it. Bible students now know that ALL major events in God’s salvation program took place, on exactly the same date as the particular corresponding Jewish feast date given in the Bible. God is in control of ALL things and orders every final detail of the lives of mankind. The crucifixion of Christ, the Passover Lamb, took place on what we would call Friday, April 1, A.D. 33 on exactly Passover, to cite the most salient example: this was the 14th day of the Jewish month Abib.

    In actuality, we can also say that the focus of God’s salvation program on the nation of Israel, who are called Jews after Judah, which translated means "praise the Lord," even pre-dates 1,447 B.C.; back to His appearance to Abraham as recorded in Genesis chapter 12, verses 1 through 3; when God started the nation through one family.

    In addition, we have every reason to believe that the last day of the earth’s existence will occur in A.D. 2011 ON the final day of the eight-day Jewish feast of ingathering, which corresponds to our Gregorian calendar’s October 21, 2011.
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  21. Barrel Bottom Says:

    I have always had some of my Christian friends join me in observing our holidays if they wished.

    If you want to celebrate a Jewish holiday it might be a good idea to have some Jews in attendance in order to keep an idiot like Chris from turning it into a travesty.

    By Jews I mean real genuine Jews. Messianic Jews don’t count
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  22. WonderingLyrics0615 Says:

    Um, if you believe that jesus christ is your savior and what ever, fine
    celebrate your holidays

    but if like, one of your parents, or a friend is jewish
    and your celebrating it with them
    go for it

    Jewish holidays have actual teachings in them, but if your just going to like light a menorah and give presents on Hanuka, don’t
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  23. Feivel JPAA Says:

    I would not be insulted, just confused. I am somewhat offended when people celebrate Pesach etc and bring Jesus into it. These are Jewish holidays and should remain Jewish. That would be like Jews celebrating Xmas but leaving out Jesus or focusing the holiday around the Baal Shem Tov. It would anger Xtians and rightly so.
    If a Xtian wants to sit at a Jewish seder or celebrate a holiday with a Jewish family, I see nothing wrong with that if they are respectful.
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  24. l'chaim JPA Says:

    I don’t mind at all as long as they call themselves Christians. It’s the deceitful Jews for Jesus and Messianic Jews who are actually Christians who pretend to be Jews in order to convert our children and secular adults to Christianity.

    Christians have been trying to annihilate Jews for 2000 years. The method for the 21st century is deceitful conversions.
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  25. vansemmanuel JPA/YahooEliteClub Says:

    I wouldn’t. They are called Messianics. But i invite many friends over for Hanukkah and Passover. My friends decided to fast the Fast of Esther with me. It may be a normal fast that isnt grand but its fun to fast with friends. So i don’t care.
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  26. ♥Blessed♥ Jam1:5 Psa118:8 Rom3:4 Says:

    Many Orthodox Jews would be offended. For example, I asked a question regarding an upcoming holiday, and here was the outrage that resulted:
    http://sg.answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AiaKaqjUuToW8tJJOPs5mb744gt.;_ylv=3?qid=20080919113019AAyDg3G

    However, Christians recognize that God instituted the Jewish festivals as a forshadowing of Jesus’ sacrifice. For this reason, it can be a very powerful thing to celebrate this Jewish heritage as a memory of what God has done to save the world through the Israelites. Originally these festivals and holidays were celebrated looking forward to our Messiah. Some Christians chose to celebrate them to reflect on what God has already done for us.

    It is neither right nor wrong for a Christian to celebrate the Jewish holidays. In fact, issues like these were addressed in the New Testament since many of the early Christians were Jews. There was confusion regarding what parts of the law should still be kept under the new convenant. Any Christian who choses to recognize the Jewish holidays will likely be despised by the non-Christian Jews, since they believe that Jesus and His followers are heretics.

    As a Christian, I think it is amazing to see traditional Jewish dances and try to imagine what it must have been like to be present while an ENTIRE nation was worshipping God! Can you imagine?

    However, many groups have a tendency to revert to legalism. We must be careful, as Christians, to remember that our works do not save us. It is through faith in Jesus alone! We are not under the law, and which ever parts we chose to observe is optional, not to be forced on others.
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  27. Lorissa T Says:

    That’s an interesting question. On one hand, Jesus is a jew. On the other hand, oddly, jews don’t believe in Jesus. In my opinion, I don’t think that we should celebrate their holidays because their whole point of ‘their ‘ holiday has nothing to do with Jesus. It would be blasphemous to Jesus. It may not be, but that’s just what I think. That would be like partaking in a witch party to me. I don’t know. It just ain’t right to me.
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  28. oldschoolio Says:

    i, for one, wold not.
    in fact i would have more respect for them if they actually followed Jesus, who was Jewish and preached Torah.

    Modern xians should actually be called "Paulians" since they follow the teachings of the (self-appointed) Apostle Paul, who contradicts jesus and made up his own religion.

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  29. Super Jew Says:

    As a religious Jew, I wouldn’t be offended. I’d be a little weirded out, maybe. And I’d probably pity the Christian who can’t find enough meaning in his or her own religion they they have to add the observances of another. I don’t know if it’s wrong per se for a Christian to celebrate Jewish holidays – but in most instances, it doesn’t make any sense. Like, on the one hand, Rosh Hashana is considered by Jews to be the anniversary of the sixth day of creation – since that marks the creation of humanity, theoretically it could have meaning to any human being, not just Jews. But historically, it was celebrated by Jews, and not by Christians, so for a Christian to suddenly incorporate it into their own holidays wouldn’t really have a legitimate precedent. Other holidays, however, would for sure be unfitting for a Christian to celebrate. Chanukah is one example. Chanukah marks the triumph of the Hasmoneans (better known as the "Maccabees," which comes from the Hebrew word for "Hammer") over their Syrian Greek oppressors. Given how ridiculously stacked against them the odds were, the fact that a ragtag band of Jewish rebels was able to retake the Temple from what at the time was the most powerful empire on the face of the earth, can only be attributed to the grace of G-d. Seeing as Christianity is basically a mixture of Jewish theology (hence the biblical stuff) and Hellenistic (i.e. Greek) culture (hence the pagan elements), celebrating a victory of the defenders of Torah over the tyrrany of Hellenism would at the very least be ironic – and some might find it offensive. Indeed, it is one of history’s great ironies that Chanukah, due to its proximity to Christmas, has become among the best known of Jewish holidays, and the most "Hallmarkified" of them. Even many Jews treat it as some sort of Jewish Christmas – taking an observance that was a celebration of being Jewish, despite pressure to assimilate and mimic those around them, and turning it into the most assimilated holiday of them all, giving gifts (which in most cases has no connection to the holiday itself) and putting up "Chanukah Bushes". Now THAT’S offensive – but it’s not Christians who are doing that, it’s Jews, driven by a desire to be like their Christian neighbors.

    Personally, I think acting like the holidays are really all the same, and they all mean the same thing, waters them down. Christians should be proud to be Christians and Jews should be proud to be Jews. Denying the distinctions between Christianity and Judaism, and denying the differences between their holidays and our holidays, is really, if you think about it, an insult to both! My advice is that Christians should stick to Christian holidays. If they want to celebrate Jewish things, they can convert to Judaism, but that means giving up Christian dogma. People who want to incorporate Jewish observances into their lives while clinging to contradictory Christian beliefs are trying to have their cake and eat it too. Even if it’s not offensive (by virtue of being so darned pitiful), it is hypocritical, inappropriate, and pretty lame. Seriously, you guys.

    EDIT: Then again, if it meant that a certain business was going to give its employees the Jewish holidays off, then knock yourselves out. I once knew of a Jewish business owner who, when he would hire someone, would tell them they could take the Christian holidays off, or the Jewish holidays off. One look at the calendar, and even the Christians were opting for the Jewish holidays!
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  30. Emily C Says:

    As long as you weren’t just, like, celebrating Chanukah for the presents, or something shallow like that, I think that’s pretty cool. If there were more people like you out there, cultural ignorance could soon be a thing of the past.
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    i’m jewish.