Religion & Beliefs

Halloween: Tis Better To Give?

There's a lot of talk about whether or not we, as Jews, should be celebrating Halloween. There's the we-shouldn't-celebrate-nonJewish-holidays camp and the it-has-Christian-and/or-Pagan-roots camp and the who-cares-it's-fun-it's-not-hurting-anything-to-dress-up camp. I can understand these different schools of thought, and maybe a few … Read More

By / October 31, 2007
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There's a lot of talk about whether or not we, as Jews, should be celebrating Halloween. There's the we-shouldn't-celebrate-nonJewish-holidays camp and the it-has-Christian-and/or-Pagan-roots camp and the who-cares-it's-fun-it's-not-hurting-anything-to-dress-up camp. I can understand these different schools of thought, and maybe a few sub-headings within each, and I can understand the impetus behind each.

But, whatever you do or do not do for Halloween, this article makes a nice point about making the focus of the holiday, whether you celebrate it or not, on giving. Though it could be a hard sell, children could learn about the joy of sharing and giving by handing out candy at home, and if you do not observe Halloween, maybe passing out candy to trick or treaters puts a welcome mat out for inter-community interaction. Could be.

Uh, but whatever your take on Halloween might be, Does anyone else think this is more than a little bit fucked up? This? What about this? Or these? Does that last group even make sense?